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The Dallas Cowboys were playing the New York Giants during our visit to Marco Island Brewery, and there was a television everywhere you looked; along with hordes of people enjoying the game. What better time to visit?

Things got off to an appetizing start with the Philly cheesesteak egg rolls ($8.95). When I first saw the photo of the dish on our table, I exclaimed, “that’s interesting.” Followed by, “why hadn’t anyone thought of that sooner.” The egg rolls come with marina for dipping; but I preferred them au natural.

For my main dish, I picked the "Island Bleus" burger ($13.50), served medium well and smothered in melted gorgonzola dressing, sautéed mushrooms and onions. For my side, French fries.

If I’m being honest, I didn’t expect to see such a unique burger on the menu. Further, I wasn’t prepared for just how delicious it was. Sports-type bars aren’t always known for top notch food; but what an exception!

The meat was lean and thick; the toppings plentiful. And I fashioned a napkin into a bib and used both hands to feed myself. It’s that big. And I didn’t want to miss a drop.

My partner in dine picked the California chicken ($12.45) and onion rings ($2.50 upcharge). The sandwich featured grilled chicken with provolone cheese, applewood smoked bacon and avocado served on whole wheat toast.

The dish also came with a spicy sauce. While we weren’t sure if that was for the sandwich or onion rings; it worked well on both; as the sandwich was a tad bland without it. With it, a real winner.

If you’re a beer drinker, you’ll enjoy the wide variety on tap. If you like sports on giant TV’s, you won’t be disappointed. If you love being surrounded by like-minded passionate friends, you’re also in luck.

The Marco Island Brewery is brewing something up for everyone. BTW, the Cowboys won by one point, 36 to 35.  

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If you go

Marco Island Brewery

  • 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island
  • marcoislandbrewery.com
  • 239-970-0461
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