By Chelle Koster Walton

Naples impresses with everything from swanky five-coursers to good ole American breakfasts.

Place to Go: Naples

The Thing to Do: Is 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, (888-634-1695,, 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,