Marcophiles: What’s your Marco beef-eatery of choice

Don Farmer Special to the Eagle
The steaks at Tara's Steakhouse and Lobster House are prepared on two broilers and served sizzling and sliced.

Don Farmer Special to the Eagle The steaks at Tara's Steakhouse and Lobster House are prepared on two broilers and served sizzling and sliced.

This is national steak house month all over the country, so we want to remind you there are some good places here on Marco to tuck into a terrific steak dinner.

Of course not all of our restaurants that serve good steaks have the word “Steakhouse” or words “Steak House” in their names.

One example is Marco Polo Restaurant at 30 Marco Lake Drive. The menu and atmosphere is upscale continental and it includes several succulent steak selections. Others include Konrads, Arturo’s, Verdi’s, Capt. Brien’s, Casa Mia, Kurrents (at the Marriott), Kretch’s and of course the Philly Grille and Guy’s and Lisa’s famous Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. Other eateries probably have steak too, no slight intended.

Maybe our best-known steakhouse is Tara’s at the Esplanade. To observe steak house month, Tara’s is offering bone-in ribeye steaks at half price every Tuesday & Wednesday night during dinner hours throughout the month.

So if you’re a red meat fan, call your favorite restaurant and enjoy.

Same goes if you love to eat turkey, because we hear this also is National Turkey Lovers’ Month.

If your dinner companion prefers red meat but you are hankering for a big old turkey leg or some white meat, where do you go to find a menu that has both the beef and the bird?

We have no clue, but let us know if you know.

We do know we can buy ground turkey at Publix and turkey “meat” balls at Costco. Do they count?

P.S. Another note about turkey. We hear from that, “When Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin sat down to enjoy their first meal on the moon, their foil food packets contained roasted turkey and all of the trimmings.”

Wine with your steak or your turkey

Here is a tip about enjoying wine on the second or third day after you’ve opened the bottle, assuming you ever have any left over after you pop the cork or unscrew the top:

Put the cork or stopper on the bottle and put it into the refrigerator or even the freezer. The cold keeps the wine fresh and tasty for another day. Obviously if it’s a good red, let it warm a bit before serving.

Another tip – to re-oxygenate wine, put it in the blender for a few seconds, then let it settle a bit enjoy.

Shred, get fed and salute the red, white and blue

A reminder that you can shed a lot of old documents and other paperwork at Iberia Bank’s Patriotic Shred Party on Saturday.

You also can salute our veterans, and the American Flag at a Marine Color Guard ceremony, enjoy The Marco Strummers’ patriotic music concert, see the terrific display of Marco veterans’ memorabilia in the bank lobby and wonder at the talent of seven-year-old Sahara Brown as she sings the National Anthem.

Iberia Bank VP and Manager Keith Dameron says you also can enjoy free food from Subway and Costco and coffee from Dawn at Parties to Go.

All proceeds from the event will go to help fund the new Veteran’s Memorial in our Veteran’s Community Park.

While you’re there, be sure to give Keith and his wife Barbara a couple of high fives for their exhaustive and exhausting work in making this even happen. The fun begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Iberia Bank on Bald Eagle Drive.

CJ’s takes a bite out of summer with a Shark Roast

It’s a luau for sure at CJ’s On the Bay next Tuesday, and headliners for the event include Chef Laura and the shark she’ll be roasting.

This celebration of summer, as CJ’s Jacquie Koon says, features, other than the shark, musician Duncan Wheeler live from 6-9 p.m., drink specials and a special visit by the Bacardi Girls, show-stoppers all.

For reservations and ticket information, phone 389-4511. Oh, do you like white shark meat or dark? The question may be moot. Paradise Seafood says mostly shark meat is “pinkish.”

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail:

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