‘Watts for Dinner’: Jimmy P’s has the crafty burgers

Will Watts

You see the word craft a lot these days, attached to, among other things, beers and burgers. If you’re looking for a fine craft burger in Naples, you’re in luck – there are several, including this week’s dining destination, Jimmy P’s Charred.

All burgers are served on a heavenly soft brioche bun, with a side of lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. You can request mayonnaise or mustard.

The bacon and cheddar burger with shoestring fries from Jimmy P's Charred, Naples.

All burgers come with fries, as Mother Nature intended. I asked for the shoestring fries; my partner in dine went with the truffle fries. Here’s where being new to the venue led me astray. I assumed the shoestring fries would be a completely different animal from the truffle fries. In reality, it is not. While the shoestring fries were incredible, especially served with the house spiced ketchup; the truffle fries are out of this world and addictive. You can add extra truffle, but to be honest, it’s not necessary.

We both selected burgers made with the eight-ounce ground Wagyu patty ($20). Wagyu refers to cattle bred in Japan. Wagyu is more expensive than some other beef because the cattle are genetically predisposed to have high levels of unsaturated fats.

I selected the bacon and cheddar burger; my companion had the mushroom and swiss.

The mushroom and swiss burger with truffle fries from Jimmy P's Charred, Naples.

The patties were cooked to perfection and the veggies were fresh and delicious. While Wagyu is known for a certain-style of marbling; once cooked it’s hard to confirm. The texture was amazing but if you are looking for an other-worldly taste, I did not find it. Just a good solid craft burger.

If you are hooked, good news. Jimmy P’s Deli is right next door and you can take some home to cook for yourself.

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If you go

  • Jimmy P’s Charred
  • 1833 Tamiami Trail, Naples
  • 239-643-2427
  • www.jimmypscharred.com