‘Watts for Dinner’: Michelbob's – Meat at its best

Will Watts
A pulled-pork sandwich from Michelbob's Championship Ribs & Steaks

Our next dining destination is Michelbob's Championship Ribs & Steaks, with a restaurant in Naples and a take-away location on Marco Island, the latter of which we visited for this review.

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We ordered a full rack of ribs ($20.99). Dinners come with your choice of baked potato, potato salad or corn on the cob and cole slaw, baked beans and grilled garlic toast. We also added pork sandwiches ($7.49 each) and a chicken breast combo ($15.99).   

This food is simply out of this world. Underneath the smoke and sauces, the secret to Michelbob’s success might just be the meat, which is imported from Denmark.

Ribs from Michelbob's Championship Ribs & Steaks

The pulled pork is some of the best I’ve ever had. The ribs are fall-off-the-bone delicious with or without the sauce and the chicken breast is a tender, boneless delight.

The pulled pork sandwich had a monster pile of meat between two giant toasted slices of bread; and was scary good. Tender, moist and filled with slow-cooked goodness. The sandwiches are so packed, I took off more than half the meat and still had plenty for my sandwich. The next night, I made five tacos with the leftovers.

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As for the sides; the corn is juicy and delicious; the cole slaw is a must-have element when eating this barbecue. We were also supplied with butter and generous servings of both sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.

Boneless chicken breast from Michelbob's Championship Ribs & Steaks

Serving Southwest Florida for nearly four decades, Michelbob’s is a Trip Adviser Hall of Fame restaurant and sits on nearly every best of foodie list in Southwest Florida. Hearty meat cooked to perfect without a lot of fat weighing it down; and the perfect complimentary sides. You won’t find better takeout anywhere. Happy eating!

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If you go

Michelbob's Championship Ribs & Steaks

  • 915 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island and 371 Airport-Pulling Rd, Naples
  • 239-394-0302 (Marco, takeout online)
  • 239-643-7427 (Naples, dine in or takeout)
  • michelbobs.com