By Porcshe Moran
Dexter, with a population of less than eight thousand, does not seem like the place to find fine dining, but Dhafer’s Mediterranean Steakhouse offers just that. Owner and executive chef Dhafer Al-Makuter brings several years of kitchen experience at high-end establishments in St. Louis and Kansas City to his small town restaurant with hand-cut steaks plus seafood, pork, chicken, and pasta. The crab cakes and the tangy, sautéed mushrooms are a great way to start. The steaks are flavored simply with a port wine reduction to showcase the quality of the meat. Although steak is his specialty, Dhafer says his grilled pork chop topped with apple chutney is the best you’ll ever eat. The fish options are equally satisfying. Prepared in garlic and lemon-butter sauce, the pan-seared mahimahi is fresh and flavorful and pairs well with roasted red potatoes and green beans. Each entrée comes with a salad, which isn't filler but a mix of lettuce, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, and feta drizzled with orange-honey vinaigrette.