A former linebacker and defensive end, Kim “Bo” Bokamper spent his entire 10-year career with the Miami Dolphins, helping propel them to two championship games. But just because he made his name on the gridiron doesn’t mean his restaurant limits itself to football. Far from it, in fact. Its more than 70 plasma-screen TVs broadcast everything from hockey and basketball to UFC and boxing, the sport where athletes race to pack their belongings.
Those televisions speckle Bokampers' high-ceilinged dining room, where craft beers complement a menu of classic pub food. Flatbreads crowned with marinated sirloin and balsamic sauce give way to “bostrami” sliders, a medley of pastrami, creole mustard, and Russian slaw. And, for a true challenge, The Beast awaits. The signature burger that Naples Daily News calls “the size of a small birthday cake” contains more than 3 pounds of wagyu and Angus beef, applewood-smoked bacon, four slices of cheese, four fried eggs, and fries. If diners finish it within an hour, The Beast is on the house.
At JT's Sports Bar & Grill, even the menu is designed to get you pumped for the game, as it's peppered with photos of beloved Florida sports stars such as Dwyane Wade. The selection is a hybrid of classic pub fare and Florida seafood, evident right away from an appetizer list that includes popcorn chicken, stout-battered onion rings, and conch fritters. The menu expands on this seafood selection with peel-and-eat shrimp, steamed or raw clams, and fried grouper. For landlubbers, the cooks sandwich six different melts with grilled rye bread, glaze wings in one of 22 sauces such as raspberry or garlic butter, and grill up 100% Black Angus beef patties for their burgers. On non-game nights, customers can order specialty entrees such as churrasco skirt steak to fuel up for trivia, karaoke, or competitive sitting matches.
Even with the football game glowing on the 20-plus HD flat screens, you can't help but glance over when a dish emerges from the kitchen at Nicky's Restaurant Sports Bar. The sizzling seafood and juicy steaks give off an enticing aroma that can be a challenge to ignore. Chef Julio Renderos masterminds the full menu, folding fresh ingredients into the seafood specialties and favorites such as fiery wings, ribs, burgers, and tender lobster tails. Meanwhile, friendly bartenders take charge of the lengthy wooden bar, doling out frosty pints of draft beer and premium mixed drinks. Nicky's also offers free WiFi as well as buzztime trivia and Texas hold 'em nights.