Sunday, January 04, 2009

Gainesville Ale House, Gainesville Florida

Gainesville Ale House / Miller's Ale House
3950 S.W. Archer Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 371-0818 Phone
(352) 371-0812 Fax


The Gainesville Ale House has wood floors and wood booths. It's decorated with sports memorabilia and big screen televisions. The seating options are booths, the bar, and a covered outdoor patio.

CHEF SALAD: Fresh Greens with Chicken Ham Bacon Bits Cheese Tomatoes Cucumbers & Egg

This salad was large. You could easily split it with two people. It was skimpy on the bacon, but otherwise good.

BEER BATTER ONION RINGS: Served with Cajun Ranch for Dipping

The onion rings were thick, crispy and served hot. I did not like the dipping sauce; it had a Dorito-ish aftertaste.

SHRIMP & CRAB QUESADILLA: Shrimp, Crab, Fresh Spinach, Pico de Gallo and Jack & Cheddar Cheeses Served with Salsa, Sour Cream and Black Beans & Rice

This appetizer was big enough to be a meal by itself. There were five big, crispy slices of quesadilla that took up half a large plate. The crab and shrimp part was a shredded mixed of meat, with a few whole shrimp tossed in. It was pretty decent.

BRITISH BURGER: Topped with Swiss Cheese and Bacon Strips

None of us ordered this. We just wanted to know why Swiss cheese = British. Anyone ?

PHILLY CHEESE STEAK: Thinly Sliced Top Round with Grilled Onion and Melted Cheese on a Toasted Steak Roll

The cheese steak had loads of very dry meat.

The desserts:
Capt'n Jack's Buried Treasure: Delicious Homemade Ice Cream Cake with Oreo Cookie Crust, Caramel, Chocolate Fudge and Heath Bar Crunch

Capt'n Jack's Nutty Brother: Brother of the Best Ice Cream Cake In Town! Nutter Butter Cookies, Fudge & Vanilla Ice Cream, Topped with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sauce

Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae
Key Lime Pie
Apple Crisp
Carrot Cake

The first two did not sound appealing to our group. They seemed like an overload of flavors and ingredients. There was a picture of the ice cream cake on the coasters; it solidified the agreement of "Um, pass. Let's find dessert some place down the road." The last four just didn't sound interesting enough to bother.

The food was not amazing, but it was good enough. Our servers were friendly and prompt. I would consider Gainesville Ale House to be a back-up plan restaurant. If other restaurants were closed for the night and the choice was McDonald's or Burger King, I'd go there again. It's just not the most interesting place to eat in Gainesville. Over all, I would rate this meal as a B.

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