Steak and burger enthusiasts have long touted Jimmy P’s as the place to go in Southwest Florida for fresh beef, pork and deli meats. Recently, they unveiled a restaurant, Charred, adjacent to their existing shop, which had meat lovers literally lining up at the door. Their hook: award-winning Wagyu beef, humanely raised Heritage Berkshire pork and an on-site smokehouse.
Being predominantly a pescetarian, I skipped on this one, for obvious reasons. However, Jesse, TNN’s meat-eating counterpart, and his friend Craig offered to give it a shot for lunch.
It took a bit of trial and error to actually get inside and figure out where to order, thanks to a very full parking lot, no signage on the restaurant side and no hostess (FYI, you order at the counter and seat yourself). Craig went out on a limb and ordered the chowder for $6, though the server at the counter couldn’t answer what was in it—just that it was made fresh. It turned out to be a lucky gamble, because he said it was the best thing he ordered.
Jesse opted for the half-pound Cajun blue cheese burger for $9. All the burgers are ground fresh daily and served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. Homemade fries or onion rings and a drink add an extra $3. A limited selection of beers is also available for an additional charge.
Craig ordered the half-pound butcher blend burger, which is made from half Kobe beef and half Kurobuta pork. In hindsight, he wished he’d opted for just beef instead, since it turned out overdone and not as juicy as promised.
Despite their few kinks, the place was absolutely packed—so perhaps refining the lunchtime experience is just a matter of establishing a system and signage to better accommodate a large crowd. Charred also offers dinner with table service and a big selection of steaks, seafood and affordable wines.
Jimmy P’s Charred
1833 Tamiami Trail N., Naples | 239-643-6328
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