STEAKING OUT IN NAPLES: THE BEST PLACES TO BEEF
Chelle Koster Walton - Naples Local Expert
December 25, 2014
In the past decade, the number of steakhouses in Naples, Florida, has shot up. Not only has the quantity improved, but the quality has shot up over the top. The towns of Bonita Springs, Naples and Marco Island have a nice mix of name brand, high end franchises such as Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and homegrown, family operated favorites such as Preston’s Steakhouse. They all excel in preparing prime beef cuts in the most flavorful and tender manner possible, but this is Southwest Florida after all, so seafood is not forgotten.
Most of the steakhouses adhere to the New York style ideal of a steak and potatoes bastion with handsome clubby and masculine ambiance. Others make a departure with more modern and stylish looks. This list culls the best of the steakhouse herd from all parts of the region. It scans styles from old school to contemporary places where steak is only one of the house specialties. It reviews restaurants so clearly obsessed with steaks that they do their trimming and dry aging processes in house.
The range of prices, as beef costs continue to rise, is mostly at the top of the scale, but you will also find a few more affordable options among them.
With “chop” in its name, there’s no doubting that the focus here is on meat. (239, of course, refers to the region’s area code.) Choose from the standard cuts of steak, including a porterhouse for two. Pork rib chop or short ribs are more affordable options. Maine lobster is another specialty, and it comes on the surf and turf, whole or in ravioli. The menu also appeals to light and adventurous appetites with small plates. Given the restaurant’s marina location and view, local seafood naturally has its place among the entrees. Try the black grouper with fennel pollen and Meyer lemon sauce. (239-394-0212)
By Chelle Koster Walton
Naples Local Expert