A Burger A Week – Miller’s Ale House
Can the home of the Zinger® serve up a great burger?
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I’ll confess right here. I have never had a Zinger®. 😁
I get it. That sounds somewhat… What the heck is a Zinger® anyway? It IS something. That much is for sure. It’s enough of a something to have the name registered.
The description reads in part… “fresh, never frozen, buttermilk-drenched, boneless chicken tenders.”
This is what they look like in their natural habitat.
Those above are official Zingers®, and are only sold in one place (at least “legally”). Well, actually at 100+ places, but only one in Sarasota. Yes, you probably know the answer (I didn’t) … Miller’s Ale House!
** This is the place for another small confession. I have NEVER been here before! People have told me that’s crazy. But it’s true. And honestly, I feel a little inadequate because of it. 😀
Miller’s has been in Sarasota since 1997. No, they’re not affiliated with Miller Beer. I think I remember their old logo had a very Miller Beerish font to it. They do serve a lot of beer. A LOT OF BEER! 🍺
📝 If you look closely, you can see a handle from New Holland Brewing in Holland, MI. This is a great midwestern brewery, AND it’s tough to find their beer here in the Sunshine State. You really should try some. 😎
Zingers® aside, what we’re really here for is the burger. But first, let’s have a little look around our local Miller’s Ale House.
This place has a feel similar to any one of our local Sarasota “Sports Bars.” If you feel at home at Gecko’s or Evie’s, then Miller’s will be comfortable.
They have a ton of TVs. It’s rumored that one of their mottos is, “If You Have a Team, We Have a Screen.” That says something about their commitment to the sports-viewing public! ⚾🏈🏀🏒⛳🏁
They have an easy-to-like inside.
And a big” open air” dining space. (It’s kind of like being outside, but with AC!)
They do have actual outdoor dining. Too hot for me (and everyone else) on this June afternoon. 🌡️
OK, we know what we all came here for, so let’s get down to business. We’re here today for the Classic Cheeseburger! 🍔
Let’s talk about our Miller’s Ale House burger experience…
RESTAURANT: MILLER’S ALE HOUSE (3800 Kenny Dr. (941) 378-8888)
DATE OF VISIT: JUNE 8, 2023
STOP #: 33 OF 52
BURGER TASTED: THE CLASSIC CHEESEBURGER
📒 OUR TASTING NOTES
🍔 This burger is served as listed on the menu: 1/2 lb. patty. White American cheese, green leaf lettuce, beefsteak tomato, and dill pickle on a toasted black and white sesame seed bun. Served with French fries. ($9.99)
• It might not be very photogenic, but this burger did have great taste. It’s got a very beefy flavor. (Sorry, in advance, for the less than great images 😢)
• I LOVE having pickles on my burger. I’m not sure when I picked up that preference. Something about the salty brininess. Pickle slices are WAY better than a standard boring pickle chip! 🥒
• Even though mine came out on the medium-well side; it was still super juicy. Not sure what burger blend they’re using, but it stands up nicely to a bit of overcooking. (It’s also big; ½ lb.)
• I really liked the black and white sesame-seeded bun. It might not seem like much of a thing. It’s subtle, to be sure. But there is some nice texture contrast going on there.
• 🍟 Fry Time! This is where Miller’s could use a bit of an assist. I honestly haven’t met a fry I didn’t like. But this burger really deserves a better partner. (I’m guessing they won’t change their fry choice for a 100+ unit restaurant group based on this piece, but a french fry focus group might be in order. I’m in! 😀)
Let’s check out how all of this looked when I ordered it…
📸 Not my best images this time. Don’t blame the subject. It was definitely me. I’ll try and do better.
BURGER TAKEAWAYS: Great place to catch a game AND a burger • This is an ideal spot for a large group (a party of 13 was seated right before me!) • Service was right on; Robin did a super job (and a manager checked on every table!) • Lots of parking if you can get to it. The parking lot is a serious maze! • A fantastic beer selection 🍺 • As we mentioned before, Any Game, Any Time!
📝 Miller’s Ale House is also featuring a brand-new To-Go Bundle that includes a Classic Cheeseburger, fries, and a soft drink for $9.99! That’s a great burger deal if you don’t want to dine at the restaurant!
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