Photo credit to Miller’s Ale House.

If you’re looking for a good place to watch a football game while enjoying quality food at a reasonable price, try Miller’s Ale House in Gulf Coast Town Center. Not only is it a favorite hangout for Florida Gulf Coast University students, it’s also a popular place for family dinners and quick-but-tasty lunches. “We’re kind of a neighborhood-type feel,” says general manager Jimmy Chico. “We have a value-driven menu with our price points. Everyone likes a good value.”

Nightly dinner specials feature baby back ribs, Maine lobster, prime rib, jumbo shrimp, or mussels for less than $13. Lunch specials start at $4.99 and include gyros, meatloaf, and fish-n-chips. “You can get in and out of here in 20 minutes, get a large portion with a drink and spend less than you would at McDonald’s,” Chico says. Miller’s Ale House has 57 high-definition TV screens with every sports package available. When the FGCU Eagles faced the Florida Gators in the Sweet 16 last March, the Ale House hosted a huge party, setting up a jumbo screen outside with bleachers. “We set records that day,” Chico boasts.

OUR FAVORITES

01. ZINGERS

Zingers are the most popular item on the menu. Perfect with one of the Ale House’s 75-plus beers, these boneless chicken wings are hand-breaded, fried, and served with a choice of 12 sauces. Zingers star in four tasty appetizers, including the Zinger Mountain Melt, Zinger Quesadilla, and Zinger Tacos.

02. CUCUMBER RITA

Cucumber is mixed into the newest margarita with Don Julio Tequila, creating a unique and refreshing blend.

03. LIVE MAINE LOBSTER

Wednesday’s dinner special is a 1 1/2-pound Maine lobster served with coleslaw and a baked potato. The fresh-cooked lobster is presented whole with all the utensils to crack out giant chunks of claw meat.

04. PRIME RIB

Thursday’s special is a 12-ounce choice cut of tender, juicy prime rib. Served with coleslaw and choice of side, this succulent platter is just $12.95.

05. OSSO BUCCO

Perhaps the tastiest dish on the Ale House menu, Osso Buco is a marinated pork shank, slow cooked to mouthwatering tenderness. Ossobuco translates to “hole the bone,” referring to the soft marrow in the center of the protruding shank bone. Paired with a vegetable and mashed potatoes and gravy, this is comfort food at its best.

06. CAPT’N JACK’S BURIED TREASURE

The ultimate indulgence, this ice cream dessert features layers of Oreo cookie crumbles, vanilla ice cream, fudge, caramel, and Health Bar Crunch. Capt’n Jack is sure to send you sailing away satisfied! Capt’n Jack’s cakes also are available whole for serving at special occasions for $39.95. Or try Capt’N Jack’s Nutty Brother, featuring Nutter Butter cookies, fudge, and vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate and peanut butter sauce.

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