Food: The Default
One of the largest sports bar & grill chains in Florida is the Ale House. Due to the scarcity of decent, low-cost dining options in Gainesville, it's also what my friends and I call "the default." They have nightly specials, some good, some not-so-good (the two-for-one wings are great, as well as the $9.99 prime rib), but the food is always decent.
On most Fridays and weekends there's a big crowd waiting outside to get a table, which can sometimes be frustrating. Thankfully, there's a Barnes & Noble and a Target within walking distance, so you can distract yourself with shiny things before sitting down to get your grub.
Unlike many sports restaurants nowadays, the Ale House generally shys away from using a humongous projector or big screen as a central focus. There are TVs everywhere, of course, so it's impossible to be stuck without something to watch. They even squeeze in a pool table and some (crappy) video games, at least in the Gainesville one.