Learn What Different Types Of Fish Taste Like And What Pairs Well With Each

When it comes to tropical restaurants in southern Florida, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill represents an incredible option for people looking to have a great time while enjoying a variety of seafood and more. When we say more, we thought we might say “landfood”, but that probably would throw people off, and take away from our primary focus, which is seafood, seafood, and more seafood. Again, we have many other options, but for the purposes of this article, we are going to highlight various types of fish, many of which you can find at your local top seafood restaurant, Mulligan’s. Not only will we describe what each fish tastes like and how to prepare it, but also what kind of supplemental food and wine will pair well with each fish type described.

But before we dive into today’s topic, allow us to briefly describe our passion for quality seafood and providing it to locations that include Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, and Vero Beach. In addition to being a family restaurant that kids will enjoy, we offer a little bit of everything that most anyone can enjoy, from expertly made cocktails during happy hour, private parties and hosted events, and an incredible atmosphere on the waterfront. So the next time you find yourself searching for a great “waterfront restaurant near me”, for instance, Mulligan’s should be high on your list of priorities to check out!

A Quality Seafood Restaurant

But back to the quality seafood we mentioned. Having been around the South Florida region since 1997, that goes to show that we are at least doing something right to stick around this long. But just getting by has never been our style. We much prefer excellence to the status-quo, which is why we are proud to be a full-service, family-oriented, seafood restaurant that is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – 365 days a year. With a world-famous monster fish fry, plenty of big-screen TVs to watch the game and enjoy a cold one, or just flat out have a great tasting, freshly caught plate of delicious fish while you enjoy the company of loved ones. We make a point to create a lively atmosphere (within reason) with that classic Floridian hospitality. From the top down, we have a passion for high quality seafood and world-class service.

Hopefully you will excuse that pseudo-rant about what makes our seafood restaurants so great. Sometimes we don’t know when to stop once we get going on what Mulligan’s has to offer families and other people looking for a great time. But we digress. As promised, let’s take a look at some common, and uncommon fish, what their flavor profile looks like, and more!

Cod Fish

Let’s start with a more commonly prepared and consumed fish – often called the chicken of the sea. It has received that nickname due to its mild taste and flaky qualities. Although there are two distinct kinds of cod, Pacific and Atlantic, you will typically see them marketed by seafood restaurants and supermarkets as “Scrod Cod”, Icelandic Cod, or even Lingcod, with the latter not even being an actual type of cod. Rather than Scrod and Icelandic being nominal replacements for Pacific and Atlantic, Scrod Cod is actually a term which denotes a smaller cod, usually under 2 ½ pounds. Less intriguingly, Icelandic Cod simply refers to cod that is caught near Iceland.

While both Atlantic and Pacific Cods have a mild flavor and are considered lean, the most notable difference between the two kinds is that Pacific Cod is less firm, chiefly because it has more moisture than its sister kind to the east.

Preparation

We figure many of you are familiar with cod and that it is usually breaded or battered. If you have ever been to England, you will find that cod is used in their classic fish and chips recipes all over the place. But ultimately, you can saute, steam, fry, bake, or broil cod with little fuss. With a mild flavor, cod represents a great platform for supplemental flavors and seasoning, such as tartar or cocktail sauce. If you are in the mood for such a whitefish fish and chips dish, try our Monster Fish and Chips plate over here at any of our Mulligan’s seafood grill locations! And in terms of pairing, we are going to keep this one fairly simple. Beer. Try it with beer, like a good lager. It’s absolutely fantastic.

Mahi Mahi

One of our most popular kinds of fish we use to prepare a variety of dishes at our tropical restaurants is Mahi Mahi. If you’ve tried this kind of fish before, you may be surprised by its inherent heartiness – to the point where you might not want to go back to try other types of lighter fish. As Kevin James explained to his wife in an episode of The King of Queens (excuse us if we date ourselves here), “I just found out there is a fish that tastes like meat. I’m going to eat that.” We can’t blame you, Kevin. And despite playing a fictional character while he said that, we are confident that if Kevin ever came down to Lake Worth or Jensen Beach, he would be delighted by our Fried Mahi Mahi Fingers or our Fried Mahi Sandwich, which is perfectly prepared to be golden brown, with just the right amount of crisp.

Nutritional Value

But back to the details. In addition to tasting great, Mahi Mahi brings an exceptional range of nutritional value to the table. It’s a great source of protein, contains less saturated fat than many of its fish counterparts, has low sodium (despite being a saltwater fish), is rich in OMega 3, and contains Niacin, vitamin b12, selenium, and more!

Taste

Surprisingly, many people have never tried Mahi Mahi. When people learn that Mahi Mahi is a sustainable fish, meaning it can’t be over-fished, many are encouraged by that fact alone to try it out. And when they do, they quickly learn what all the hype is about. The blend of mild sweetness with its capacity to mix with other flavors is second to none in the fish world. In Hawaii, where much of the world’s Mahi Mahi is caught, they recommend eating it fresh, which is an assessment with which we concur. But you can grill it, saute it, broil it, put some mango salsa with a macadamia nut crust to make it really pop, or try it fried on grilled rye bread with Swiss cheese, cole slaw, and thousand island dressing for an awesome take on a classic American sandwich! By the way, you can find the latter at any Mulligan’s Beach House location.

Our Tropical Restaurant

While we’ve highlighted just two of our favorite kinds of fish, do not fear! We’ve just decided to make this a two part series, so we can talk about more fish and their flavor profiles in our next post. This one was just too much fun, and with so much information to share about each kind of fish, we look forward to the next one.

Like we mentioned above, however, we are much more than just a simple seafood restaurant, although we do take a lot of pride in how we prepare our fish. With crab cakes, cheesey fries, firecracker shrimp, lobster flatbreads, a seafood bisque, and a beach house garden salad, we have a lot to offer in the seafood department alone. When you consider we have a full line of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drink items to choose from as well, you begin to understand what makes Mulligan’s Beach House one of the top seafood and beach restaurants in the area. Check out any one of our six locations in Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Stuart, or Sebastian. We would love to show you a great time!

Fun Things To Do In Jensen Beach

Of the many options you have when you visit Florida, Jensen Beach is one of the more underrated choices that has become a more popular destination for tourists over the last few years. Located North of West Palm Beach on Florida’s eastern coast, Jensen Beach is home to an incredible waterfront with plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Jensen Beach is called the “Pineapple Capital of the World”, and you’ll have to visit to see why, although you could probably guess the reason. But what you probably didn’t know about Jensen Beach is that it holds an annual pineapple festival, which we will discuss in more detail later on in this post!

Mulligan’s Beach House is certainly another family-friendly activity, being one of the top waterfront restaurants in the region. We combine a kid friendly restaurant with a unique beach restaurant theme. Serving high-quality seafood (and much more) at affordable prices, this is one Jensen Beach restaurant you don’t want to miss.

Today’s blog post is going to look past that primary option (we may be biased). We will look at other fun things to do in Jensen Beach whether you are a tourist looking for a good time or are a local who is looking to rediscover their own community. You are probably missing out on a good time, so go ahead and read on if you are interested in some free advice to have some fun!

The Sea Turtle Beach!

Okay, if you are a local, you are probably already familiar with this one, and for good reason. First of all, it is a free day in the sun with the water right there, so it’s tough to go wrong with an inexpensive option like that, especially if you are trying to have a vacation without eating away too much into your savings.

The Sea Turtle Beach is popular activity for people into swimming, walking, playing beach games, or simply relaxing, pretty much anyone and everyone is guaranteed to have a good time when the weather is nice. And guess what? The weather is generally wonderful here in Jensen Beach. Great for the whole family, this is an activity worth considering. As one reviewer noted, “”Fun with the family. This is the best beach for families who appreciate lots of activities. The vast stretch, 1,500 feet long, has lifeguards, extensive food concessions, volleyball, and picnic tables. The park manages to remain in a nicely maintained natural state despite its popularity.” A natural vibe is tough to find in such a popular region, and that makes the Sea Turtle Beach worth consideration for an affordable family day in the sun.

Flatlined Charters

Based right on the waterfront, Flatlined Charters with Captain George Gozdz is simply one of the best times you will have in Jensen Beach, should you choose to go. After all, Captain Gozdz has his own television show, “Reel Time Florida Sportsman”. If you are a resident in this area then you probably already know that the captain is a legendary fisherman in these parts. George is a native Floridian and loves to have fun while out on the water. If you are a serious fisherman or an aspiring one, Captain Gozdz is sure to bring you the fishing experience of a lifetime at Flatlined Charters. This is a Jensen Beach can’t miss.

Clay Habit Studio and Supply

If you are interested in the arts and perhaps getting in touch with the artist within yourself during your vacation, or in general it should be said, then Clay Habit Studio and Supply is a fantastic resource for clay related products and support. They have the pottery supplies, clay bodies, chemicals, and even offer kiln repair services to the tri-county area. But best of all, they offer classes as well. And if you are a local, Clay Habit Studio and Supply will help you set a pottery club in your own community as well!

Indian Riverside Park

Indian River Lagoon is home to one of Jensen Beach’s hidden gems. A great time for the whole family, get ready to experience a butterfly garden, an interactive play water fountain, a fishing pier, four picnic pavilions, and the Frances Langford Center (which happens to be available for more formal events, just FYI). Pets on leashes are allowed at the Indian Riverside Park, and you can enjoy fly fishing as well as light tackle fishing. Indian Riverside Park is also a great option for those looking for Jensen Beach activities that are accessible for people with disabilities. This location is ADA Compliant and is wheelchair friendly.

The Children’s Museum Of The Treasure Coast

Speaking of Indian Riverside Park, it is home to a world of exploration and discovery for children, which is also called the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. The museum opened in 2008 with a unique idea. Children are able to role play shopping for groceries at “Our Town Market”, one of our exhibits. They can even act out being cashiers at this exhibit. This is just one of the many things to do at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast (they have a toddler-specific exhibit as well).

As one happy parent put it, “Best Children’s Museum! Geared to younger children-took our 2 yr.old grandson here and he loved it! His favorite exhibits were the Town Market (he could push and fill a shopping cart) and the Car Care Center (he could look in the engine and change the tire). Also great- the train display, the full size Spanish galleon (pirate ship), the outdoor spaces- overall, an excellent museum!” As this kind reviewer has confirmed, kids flat-out love this museum, even the young ones!

The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival

Now we come to it; the holy grail of Jensen Beach activities (we are humbly excluding our very own tropical restaurant from this hypothetical competition). The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival started in 1988 with the Jensen Beach Centennial Celebration, highlighted by a concert by Marie Osmond herself.

One of the only street festivals you will find throughout South Florida, the 2017 iteration will boast performers the likes of Drake White and The Big Fire, Smash Mouth, Lincoln Brewster, and local bands as well! Be sure you don’t miss the authentic Bahamian Market from Eleuthera which hosts arts, crafts, island music, and a wild Junkanoo parade the whole family can enjoy. This year, the festival will be on the weekend of November 11-13. Stop by Mulligan’s for a waterfront restaurant experience so you can comfortably enjoy all the waterfront sites and sounds while you sip on one of our famous cocktails!

Mulligan’s Beach House

Let’s talk about Mulligan’s in more detail, because while there are many awesome adventures you can have in this area, when it comes to Jensen Beach restaurants, there is really only one choice which blends family fun with a fantastic waterfront experience.

But we go beyond seafood and being kid-friendly. We have fantastic happy hour deals with delicious appetizers and beverages. If you want to watch the game on a Saturday afternoon, we’ve got you covered there too. We are native Floridians who love to entertain and show people a good time. With fantastic seafood options an incredible variety of menu items that go beyond the realm of seafood, we love having a blast with our customers. Come stop by Jensen Beach’s best beach restaurant the next time you are in town!

What People Are Saying About Mulligan’s Beach House Bar And Grill

Most of our local Floridian readers likely already know how beautiful a spot Jensen Beach is. Located north of Stuart and just south of Savannas Preserve State Park, there aren’t too many places you could rather be than at a lovely waterfront restaurant at Jensen Beach. Luckily, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar at Jensen Beach is such a waterfront restaurant, serving delicious seafood and other menu items that will be sure to delight your tastebuds. While you are busy tasting, you’ll be able to take in the sights and sounds of the water, as Mulligan’s is one of the top beach restaurants around.

Today’s post is going to be dedicated to our readers who want to know what people are saying about Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill. In today’s day and age, there are more negative reviews for businesses than bits of sand on the beach. It makes sense, too. People don’t enjoy it when they receive a poor product or service, and want others like them to know what happened. But conversely, when people get what they expect, they are much less likely to go out of their way and leave a positive review. With that in mind, we at Mulligan’s are very proud of the positive feedback we have received throughout the years. But we don’t have to look far to find some glowing reviews about the wonderful customer experiences we daily provide.

So, you’ll have to excuse us for a moment while we go ahead and brag about ourselves! We are proud of having the top waterfront restaurants in Jensen Beach, with wonderful locations in Vero Beach and Lake Worth as well. We want locals and visitors alike to realize that they don’t need to search “fish restaurant near me” anymore. All you have to do is make your way on over to 2019 NE Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957!

“Definitely Recommend!!!”

“This place was great!!!! We drove 20+ minutes to come here for crab legs for my moms birthday and she was more than pleased. They were very accommodating considering we did show up an hour before close as a large party. The calamari was delicious and the servings were large!!!!!  Definitely recommend !!!! Our server ty was great and very polite and professional… we are a large crazy group from New York!!!” – T.T.

We love large groups! So don’t be shy, even if you are from New York. We love creating a warm, high-energy atmosphere where everybody can be themselves, like T.T.’s group. By the way, T.T. is absolutely correct; our calamari is delicious (and huge), and TY is a great server. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review, T.T.

“The Hot Wings Were Super And A Good Value”

“We recently stopped in for afternoon drinks and apps. We sat at the bar in front along the street and enjoyed a beautiful day and view of the river. The spicy shrimp were tasty and the hot wings were super and a good value. Our bartender was very attentive.” – Dee B.

We couldn’t agree more with Dee, the spicy shrimp are absolutely incredible! By the way, Dee, thanks for taking the time to tell us about your experience. We are very pleased you had a good time and were had great service! We make a point to ensure that all of our staff, be they bartenders, hosts, or servers, all understand that there is no higher priority than the customer. While we can’t promise perfection, we do our best to make sure that every one is taken care of, and that the cocktails and spicy shrimp keep on coming!

“We Love This Place!”

“We love this place! This is our favorite local restaurant. Honestly you might find better fish somewhere else but you can’t beat the atmosphere and service. I love the tacos and always order them. They feature a large menu so there’s something for everyone.” – Kim C.

Thanks for taking the time to tell us how we are doing, Kim! We genuinely appreciate it, and even moreso when we hear that this is Kim and company’s favorite local restaurant! And Kim is absolutely correct, we feature a menu with plenty of options. So if you are thinking that you would love to go to a centrally located waterfront restaurant, but aren’t the biggest seafood fan in the world, we have some wonderful options for you. Whether it’s breakfast, appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and sliders, entrees, or beverages, Mulligan’s is the top restaurant around.

“The Service Is Amazing And The Food Is Even Better!”

“Came here to celebrate my friend’s little sister’s 21st birthday last week. We were all first-timers and very much enjoyed our lunch here!! The service is amazing and the food is even better!! I would definitely recommend anyone coming here and eating. We did like a family-style buffet and shared mahi fish tacos, clam fritters platter, and the monster fish and chips. It was also nice to have a view of the river and the boats docked there. Everything was amazing!!” Lina Y.

Talk about a glowing review! Thank you so much Lina, we are so happy you and your company enjoyed your friend’s twenty first birthday with us! Although we pride ourselves on being a kid friendly restaurant (making sure everyone has fun), we are also a top restaurant for birthday parties, company events, and happy hour! It’s tough to find a gathering that isn’t improved by the beautiful beachfront location, delicious seafood, and friendly staff. All those combine to make quite the tropical restaurant, but when you add in affordable prices as well, and Mulligan’s becomes a must-visit, if we do say so ourselves.

“A Long Established Local Favorite”

“Went here for a brunch after a nice weekend in the island. The food was good and the staff was very friendly! We were even greeted by the wonder upon arriving. We had a party of ten and the staff handled this very well. The only complaint was that two orders were wrong. This was quickly fixed without any issue. There was not a terribly long wait for the food to arrive at all. A family friendly atmosphere where the adults could chat but the child present could also feel comfortable. Most people in our party ordered the pancakes, even if they don’t normally like them since the pancakes here are fantastic. Would recommend this restaurant as a long established local favorite.” – Laura S.

Thanks Laura, we appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we are doing. And although we weren’t perfect that evening, at least we were able to quickly fix the issue and everyone got what they ordered. We highlight this to show you that we aren’t just full of fluff; we are realistic. Mistakes will happen from time to time, but even when they do, we do our best to make it right with our customers.

The other part of this review that we would like to point out is the fact that we are a “long established local favorite.” This is significant because to note because a there are more than a handful of restaurants out there that locals know better to ignore. Those types of restaurants tend to prey on tourists who don’t know any better. As Laura has attested, that couldn’t be further from the truth at Mulligan’s Beach House. We are the top tropical restaurant around for more reasons than our location.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s post, and found it helpful in your search for Jensen Beach restaurants. We are proud to be a top choice for locals and visitors alike. With great specials, family night on Thursdays from 5-8pm (kids eat free!), and happy hour everyday from 1-7pm, we are Jensen Beach’s top waterfront restaurant for a reason. So what are you waiting for, stop reading and come join the beach party at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill!

Welcome To Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill

 

Welcome to the first of many posts about Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill! We are excited to create a place designed to educate our Vero Beach, Lake Worth, and Jensen Beach communities about our restaurant’s special offerings, interesting tidbits about Mulligan’s, and perhaps even some helpful information about local events going on throughout the year! There’s always something fun to do along the waterfront, and usually a great night out starts with delicious food. If you are a fan of tropical restaurants with great seafood, you have got to try Mulligan’s. We are family friendly and offer locations in Stuart, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves; let’s take a step back and look at Mulligan’s history and how we became one of Florida’s favorite fish and seafood joints.

How We Started

Founded twenty years ago all the way back in 1997 by Florida native George Heart, Mulligan’s has become a staple for Floridian neighborhoods across the eastern coast. President, owner, and founder George Heart has been in the restaurant industry for over thirty years, having opened Mulligan’s while he was still a young man. His mission was simple; to grow Mulligan’s brand throughout Florida while providing a family-friendly, tropical dining experience. George’s passion for high-quality seafood is sure to be noticed by your taste buds too. With a kid-friendly, an entertaining and beautiful waterfront atmosphere, and delicious fish and shellfish, Mulligan’s is the complete package when you are looking for restaurants in Vero Beach, Lake Worth, or beyond.

Special Events

We are proud to offer private rooms for special corporate or private events at our Vero and Jensen locations. Both comfortably accommodate large groups of up to forty guests at Jensen, and forty five at at Vero. And rest easy if you are having trouble thinking of themes or activities at your special event. First of all, there will be delicious food to take the pressure off of the coordinator. So we have you covered there. Keep in mind that while of course we can accommodate any indoor event in our private beach side banquet room, we are also able to host a special outdoor event in our backyard beachside or waterfront patio locations. Between the incredible food, breathtaking location, and our friendly, creative staff, Mulligan’s is Florida’s waterfront choice for any special event you may have in mind!

Our Menu

While you can check out our full menu here, one of our customer’s favorite offerings is that we are a full service bar and grill, serving breakfast, appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and sliders, entrees, and a great lineup of cocktails and other beach house favorites. Even if you aren’t a “seafood person” we are sure you can find something you will enjoy. Whether it’s steak n’ eggs, stuffed french toast, a juicy burger, or a southern fried chicken sandwich, we offer a wide variety of dishes without sacrificing the quality of our food. Perhaps best of all for families, are prices are reasonable, so you can take out the kids or in-laws without worrying about the size of the dent that it’s going to make in your wallet.

Stop by today and give Mulligan’s a try! If you are looking for one of the best and closest seafood restaurants around the waterfront in Jensen or Vero Beach, we would love to earn your business.