Culinary Naples

    By Chelle Koster Walton

    Miami's not the only city with culinary appeal. Naples impresses with everything from swanky five-coursers to good ole American breakfasts.

    Place to Go: Naples

    The Thing to Do: If you think the only place in Florida to find bold, exciting dining is Miami, think again. As one of the nation’s most sophisticated resort towns, Naples way outshines its size in culinary stature. Here are but a few restaurants:

    Style: Internationally inspired coastal cuisine
    Setting: Hotel lobby restaurant without walls; the definition of beach-view cutting-edge
    Menu: Pared down to well-crafted works of art
    Don’t miss: Key Lime Tort
    Bonus: Stay overnight at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel (888-564-1308,, home to Coast
    Details: 239-403-2000

    Handsome Harry’s
    Style: American Uptown
    Setting: Indoor-outdoor glam.
    Menu: Well-crafted, well-rounded seafood, steak and salad selections for lunch and dinner.
    Don’t miss: Lemon Cream of Lobster Bisque
    Details: 239-434-6400,

    Strip House
    Owner: The Glazier Group
    Style: Modern Steakhouse
    Setting: 20s-era club combined with a classy bordello
    Don’t miss: Bone-in ribeye
    Bonus: Sleep it off at The Waldorf Astoria Naples (888-722-1267,, where the restaurant resides.
    Details: 239-598-9600,

    Bha! Bha!
    Chef-owner: Iranian native Michael Mir
    Style: Persian
    Setting: Chic sheik
    Menu: Classic and innovative ethnic specialties
    Don’t miss: Spicy kermani beef with saffron sauce and cucumber yogurt
    Bonus: Belly dancing on select nights
    Details: 239-594-5557,

    Chops City Grill
    Chef-owner: Skip Quillen, owner of several local restaurants.
    Style: Steaks and Pacific Rim
    Setting: Bustling bistro-bar with display kitchen
    Menu: Fine beef, sushi and seafood
    Don’t miss: Dry aged steaks
    Details: 239-262-4677,

    Escargot 41
    Chef-owner: French imports Chef Patrick and Jackie Fevrier
    Style: Classic French
    Setting: Cozy corner au province
    Menu: Seven escargot apps, tournedos with anchovy butter, duck and seafood
    Don’t miss: Seafood and morels in champagne cream sauce
    Details: 239-793-5000,

    Aurelio’s Is Pizza
    Style: Chicago pizza
    Setting: Red-and-white checkered tablecloths and Illinois license plates
    Menu: More than 30 types of pizza plus other Italian specialties
    Don’t miss: Super Six (the works!)
    Details: 239-403-8882,

    The Dock at Crayton Cove
    Owner: Vin DePasquale, longtime Naples restaurateur
    Style: Old Florida fish house
    Setting: Open-air at Naples Dock
    Menu: All major Florida food groups: Sandwiches, seafood, deep-fried, Caribbean-style and rum
    Don’t miss: Blackened mahi tacos
    Details: 239-263-9940,

    Skillet’s SunRise
    Style: Good ol’ American
    Setting: Country-style. More cheerful than anything should be first thing in the morning
    Menu: Huge selection of breakfast favorites all day (until 2:30); also lunch
    Don’t miss: Whole wheat cranberry-pecan pancakes with orange sauce
    Details: 239-566-1999,