The Union Recorder


May 24, 2014

Shark's Fish & Chicken officially opens

MILLEDGEVILLE — The taste of Chicago-style fish and chicken has officially made its way to Milledgeville.

Last Saturday restaurant owner Mike Ali opened the doors to Shark's Fish & Chicken, offering a variety of seafood and chicken dinners to the public.

The new restaurant is the fourth addition to Ali's franchise. There are two restaurants located in Macon and one in Warner Robins.

"I started the first one in Macon, and people love the food so much that they're always asking me, when are you going to open one in our area," Ali said.

He said many people from Milledgeville had inquired about the franchise and complimented Ali on his food when visiting at other locations. He soon decided that his next expansion would begin in Milledgeville.

Originally from Chicago, Ali wanted to bring the Chicago-style flavor of fish and chicken to areas where he knew it would be appreciated and seen as one-of-a-kind taste.

"I noticed that most places in this area offer chicken and fish but none them offered food with a specific style," he said.

Thus far, he enjoys the people of Milledgeville and says that he loves how everyone acts and how supportive other businesses have been.

"I love the way new businesses are welcomed to the area and I've even had other restaurant owners come in to try the food and offer to spread the word."

His hopes is that his next restaurant will open in Dublin.

Ali stresses to his customers that Shark's is a restaurant and not a fast food establishment.

"Nothing is pre-made. Everything is cooked fresh, and the kitchen is situated so that customers can see for themselves how their food is being prepared."

Cooks take their time preparing meals and cooking oil is changed regularly.

The restaurant's most popular item on the menu thus far is its fish and chicken combo plates.

"With this being a new restaurant, most people want to try the fish and chicken together to see how it tastes so we offer the combination dinner menu," he said.

The combination dinner menu includes catfish, ocean perch, tilapia, grouper, chicken legs, gizzards, livers, oyster, catfish nuggets, flounder, shrimp, chicken tenders, chicken wings and chicken nuggets.  With the combination dinner patrons have the option of mixing any two items of their choice. All combo dinners are served with fries, cole slaw, hush puppies and a drink.

"You'll definitely get more than your fill here," Ali said.

Portions of food are quite sizable and the prices are reasonable, he added.

The restaurant also offers a varied selection of salads, sandwiches, desserts, and vegetable side dishes.

Special discounts are available for area churches as well.

"I know churches have special events and they want to place large orders so I give them a 10 percent discount," he said.

Shark's Fish & Chicken is located at 196 Roberson Mill Road. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call in orders are available at 478-295-3307.


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