More than great sports television viewing, more than ample seating, more than standard pub fare, Big Al’s Sports Grill is becoming well-known for dishes that rival those of more expensive area eateries.
With daily and weekly specials always running, a visit is sure to make a hit with your palette as well as your pocketbook. And with the ebb of seasonal crowds, there isn’t a better time to get to know this neighborhood restaurant.
Weekly specials include Tuesday’s special of sizzling chicken, steak or shrimp fajitas ($10.99), Wednesday’s tilapia fish ($11.99) served with pub fries and coleslaw or Thursday’s grilled boneless pork chops ($11.99) served with baked potato and seasonal vegetable.
Kick off the weekend and opt to spend less and enjoy more at Big Al’s any Friday by ordering the day’s special of twin lobster tails and get ready to feast for only $19.95. Try finding that dish elsewhere in Naples at that price.
A friendly server will bring two, 5-ounce twin cold lobster tails whose succulent white meat is enhanced only by the warmed drawn butter. A baked potato and seasonal veggie complements the meal and ensures the diner will push his or her plate away fully satiated.
On Saturdays, gather the family and sit down to a prime rib dinner from 4 p.m. to close ($13.99) and on Sundays, reminiscent of family backyard barbeques, enjoy Big Al’s tender basted baby back ribs ($11.99) served with corn on the cob, pub fries and coleslaw.
Regular dinner prices are still a bargain and weigh in at $11.99 to $17.99 with market pricing for lobster and the fresh catch of the day. And the deals don’t end with dinner.
If you go
Big Al’s Sports Grill
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
Prices: $4.99-$8.99 appetizers; $8.99-$12.99 salads; $7.99-$17.99 sandwiches, pizzas and entrees; $5.99-$7.99 desserts
Stop in for lunch Mondays through Fridays and select from daily specials priced right — try $5.99 selections such as a loaded grilled cheese sandwich or one-topping pizza to fish and chips or a Greek town salad ($7.99) to a half rack of ribs or General Al’s chicken ($8.99). The chicken more than equals or surpasses any similar dish at local Asian bistros.
On Tuesdays, enjoy half-priced pizza regularly priced from $8.99-$10.49 with toppings such as barbeque chicken, all-veggies or the Chicago classic with Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese.
“Many folks don’t really know that we serve more than burgers and wings. Our company’s concept is to offer quality food in a casual atmosphere with the emphasis on having fun,” said General Manager Gordon Weiner. “We are a little different than local sports bars as sports are added aspect of the dining experience that we offer to our guests.”
Accommodating families and private gatherings in the 230 seat space, four big screen television screens and 34 more sets scattered about the restaurant broadcast the major sports packages in a setting replete with sports memorabilia.
The bar area has seven spacious booths and seats 24. The full-service bar stocks premium liquors and carries a nice line of draft and bottled beers including domestic ($3.50), imported brews ($4), craft beers such as Sam Adams and Dogfish Head ($5) and 16-ounce drafts ($3.50-$4).
A variety of red and white wine is available ($5-$10 glass; $21-$30 bottle), champagne ($4.95 splits; $20 bottle) and a martini menu of five choices priced at $7.
A sip of the pink-hued pogotini confirms the house mixologists know their craft. The house-made infusion is made with pomegranate, vodka and kicked up with freshly pureed mango ($7).
Happy hour at the Big Al’s bar is from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and late night from 9 p.m. to close features $2 domestic drafts, $3 well drinks and $4 house wines. A new late-night bar menu at the bar only will offer grazing-type appetizers, said Weiner.
About a year and a half ago, Askar Brands of Michigan assumed management of the three Big Al’s locations from previous owners. After working to revitalize each location, Weiner settled at the Naples location with assistant managers Robert Paschall and Jennifer Lee.
A veteran of the food and beverage industry, Weiner formerly worked for the Bonita Springs Bonefish Grill for 71/2 years and at Hops Bar and Grill for 11 years.
Other Big Al’s locations are on U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers.
On April 26, the Bonita Springs location started karaoke night every Friday at 8:30 p.m. with complimentary menu items and gift cards available for the inaugural event.