Chops City Grill pays homage to National Oysters Rockefeller Day with unforgettable interpretation of the American classic
January 4, 2023
Oysters Chopafeller is a mainstay on the legendary steakhouse’s menu since 1997
Naples, FL: (January 4, 2023) . . . Chops City Grill on 5th Avenue South in Naples and its sister restaurant CHops City Grill in Bonita Springs will commemorate National Oysters Rockefeller Day on January 10th with its unforgettable interpretation of the American classic called Oysters Chopafeller replacing the traditional anise flavor of Pernod with the tangy heat of miso (slight maple flavor) and yuzu (citrus juice).
“Oysters Chopafeller features three large oysters stuffed with a king crab mixture of roasted bacon, spinach and parmesan cheese baked in their shells until golden brown and bubbly,” says Chops Executive Chef Jason Mattozzi, noting the Chopafeller recipe is a well-guarded secret. Oysters are dotted with a house made yuzu mustard sauce to add moisture and flavor and garnished with fresh pea tendrils, rock salt and a one ounce king crab leg. The dish exudes decadence and has been a mainstay on Chops’ dinner menu since the restaurant opened in 1997.
According to legend, the original 1899 recipe for Oysters Rockefeller was named after John D. Rockefeller, then the wealthiest American for the buttery sauce’s intense richness and the color of greenbacks.
For those guests who prefer chilled starters, Chops offers a chef’s flight of mixed coast oysters served on a platter (the French say, “plateau de couqillages”) with house made cocktail sauce, citrus and Tabasco, atop shaved ice with a cucumber vodka mignonette. Additional chilled oyster cocktails include a shrimp and oyster pairing served with and without Alaskan king crab and an impressive three-tier display of shrimp, oysters, Alaskan king crab and a whole Maine lobster decoratively garnished with horseradish foam to give the look of sea foam washing up on the beach.
Oysters varieties change over the course of the year, month or week and there are big differences between east coast and west coast oysters, explains Chef Jason. He says that east coast oysters tend to be larger, chewier and saltier, and grow in flat shells. Favorite varieties include Wiannos which are sustainably harvested by hand in Cape Cod; Canadian Stellar Bay oysters and Cape May Salt oysters from Delaware are both salty and large farm raised oysters; and Beau Soleils are farmed in floating trays in Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick where oysters are suspended just below the surface and gently jostled by the waves — they never touch the seafloor.
West coast oysters, like those from Totten Inlet, Washington State, are creamier and plumper thanks to their deep, beautifully ridged, cup-like shells. Totten’s signature melon and seaweed flavors and Pacific Shigoku (“ultimate” in Japanese) are sweet with a briny flavor.
About Chops City Grill
hops City Grill is a traditional steakhouse with an Asian fusion and inspired seafood options including hand-rolled sushi. Winner of Best Steak House in Southwest Florida by Gulfshore Life 2020, Chops dry ages its beef in-house offering the best in American Prime, Japanese and Australian wagyu strip, t-bone and rib eye steaks matched with creative sides and original sauces. Chops serves over 50 whiskey selections, a 400+ bottle wine list including hard to find wines, creative craft cocktails and non-alcoholic selections in an upscale yet inviting atmosphere with indoor and al fresco dining. Chops City Grill is located at 837 Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Open daily 5 pm until 10 pm. For reservations, call (239) 262-4677, visit www.chopscitygrill.com/; follow on IG @chopscitygrill_naples and on FB https://www.facebook.com/chopscitygrillnaples.
Chops City Grill at 8200 Health Park Boulevard in Bonita Springs offers both indoor and al fresco dining. Open Sunday – Thursday, 5 – 9 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 5 – 9:30 pm. An early dining menu is available in the dining room only from 5 until 6 pm daily featuring two courses and a quartino of wine for $39 per person. A daily Happy Hour at the bar from 4:30 until 10 pm stars $6.50 house wines by the glass, $6 well highballs, and up to 50% off call brands. For reservations, call (239) 992-4677, chopsbonita.com, @chopscitygrill_bonitasprings, www.facebook.com/chopscitygrillbonitasprings.