Miller’s Ale House: Friendly, but mediocre food

Miller's Ale House is located on Apalachee Parkway.
Photo submitted by Erica Inalien

From humble beginnings in Jupiter in Palm Beach County, where Jack and Marie Miller opened their first ale house in 1988, to owning more than 78 different locations in 11 states, it is easy to say that whatever the Millers are doing seems to be working.

Miller’s Ale House is a casual sport’s bar chain that serves everything from regular bar snacks such as chicken “zingers,” to steaks and snow crabs. It also has a large selection of speciality drinks like the strawberry coconut mojito and craft beers like Sierra Nevada.

The facility has the setup for most sports bars, with flat screen TVs in almost every corner. It offers indoor and outdoor seating areas with additional seating at the bar.

Now, if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax and eat, this is not the place for you. Better yet, if you’re looking for a quaint place to eat with great food, this may not be the place for you either.

While the menu does have a wide variety of choices that most bars don’t include, such as the seafood mac and cheese and old time favorites like fried shrimp, the quality of the food is mediocre at best.

The seafood mac and cheese lacked flavor and left a heavy taste of tar after just one bite. The shrimp, while fried to golden perfection, required lots of cocktail sauce to accommodate the lack of seasoning.

The true winners on the menu would have to be the jumbo hot wings that were not only juicy but crispy and left me reaching for the next one before I finished my first.

The dessert menu also has a heavy hitter know as the Captain Jack’s Buried Treasure. The dessert is layered with an Oreo crust, Heath bar crunch, chocolate and caramel sauce and made with homemade ice cream. It’s more than enough for a party of two.

The staff is nice enough and for the most part the establishment was pretty clean and lives up to its promise of being “full of friends and friends-to-be, ready to join in,” as the sound of laughter and cheer brightens the place up as strangers bond over beers and sports. While the food may be lacking, the company seems to make up for it.

Check out: The wings and dessert.

Needs work: The overall taste and quality of the food.

Details: Most major credit cards.