The Wonderful Benefits Of Seafood

Mulligan’s is one of the very top choices for folks who are looking for tropical restaurants, seafood restaurants, beach restaurants, or even kid-friendly restaurants in Southeastern Florida locations like Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, and beyond. No matter which Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill you visit, you can be sure that you’ll receive some flavorful seafood items that will tickle your tastebuds! What’s more, each of our seafood restaurant locations has a relaxing yet vibrant waterfront atmosphere. Whether you come for the happy hour, our family night, or you are simply a fan of high-quality seafood, there are plenty of reasons to come enjoy some perfectly prepared seafood at Mulligan’s!

As if our succulent crab legs and perfectly seasoned fish dishes weren’t sufficient reasons for you to come see us a minimum of one per week, we have prepared a veritable dossier regarding the wonderful benefits of seafood, as the title of this piece no doubt gave away. If you are learning some fun facts about nutritional benefits that have to do with fatty acids, skin and hair health, and other fascinating tidbits, keep reading! We’ve got you covered with today’s post about seafood’s benefits.

Necessary Nutrients

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, there’s a good chance that you’ve already heard about the astounding effects of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help build strong bones and improve overall joint health. We’ll highlight the fatty acids in their own section, we are simply mentioning fatty acids because it seems like an inordinate amount of attention is given to this point, while there are plenty other nutritional benefits that aren’t getting their fair share of the limelight.

And while it’s difficult, and flat-out wrong, to say that all of these forthcoming vitamins can be found in each fish, we’ll point out some of the most commonly found nutrients. Among them are B-complex vitamins, vitamin B, and vitamin D. If you are unfamiliar with B-complex vitamins, those are the ones like B12, B3, biotin, etc. B-complex vitamins are helpful in a variety of ways, among them being energy production, general skin health, concentration, blood and nervous system development, and metabolism.

Other fish, such as salmon, are prime opportunities to get your vitamin A. Vitamin A is also helpful in a wide range of ways — aiding the reproductive system, immune system, vision, and beyond. Vitamin D, which you can find in salmon, helps build strong bones and teeth because it helps your body absorb calcium. So try salmon and milk together sometime! Well, not together together — we aren’t suggesting you make a salmon milkshake or anything. Just make sure you help your calcium absorption along with a little vitamin D from time to time. That’s all.

Other fish types are rich in iodine, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium, which are all essential vitamins in their own right.  

Protein Intake

Though health fads fade in and out of popularity among the general public, there’s no longer any debate revolving around how much we need protein. Not that it was ever too much of a debate, but the jury is decidedly in about how indispensable an ample amount of protein in our diet really is. While it might be a challenge for plant-based individuals to make sure they get enough protein each day, you don’t have that problem if you are a fan of seafood. It’s an ideal source of lean protein in the same way that chicken is.

Chicken is great and all, but there is only one kind of chicken…chicken. Fish, on the other hand, includes white fish, salmon, catfish, pike, cod, shark, swordfish, trout, mackerel, perch…we think you get the point. But even if you aren’t a big fan of fish, you’ve probably never tried them all! If you don’t like the “fishy” smell-factor that goes into eating certain kinds of fish, we recommend you try Mahi Mahi sometime. Be like Kevin James says in the hit CBS sitcom The King of Queens when he just discovered a fish that tastes like meat, you’ll soon become an avid fish foodie!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

We said it was coming, and we also mentioned that you probably are familiar with some of the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids. But here’s your refresher, just in case; Omega-3s, which are found in shellfish, oily fish, and non-oily fish alike, are essential nutrients that perform a wide range of essential functions in our body. This kind of polyunsaturated fat cannot be produced by our body, which means finding them in seafood is a great idea. Known to be a significant “building block” of the brain, Omega-3s impact heart health, vision health, and heart health. Research also shows that regular intake of Omega-3 fatty acids diminishes the risk of contracting Macular Disease. In fact, the MD Foundation tells folks to regularly eat fish to make sure people are getting enough Omega-3s. We agree! And, lest we forget, these fatty acids have been shown to reduce symptoms of arthritis and ease aching joints as well.

With regards to heart health, Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied to show they regular consumption can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular trauma taking place. Events like heart attacks, strokes, and even arrhythmias can be reduced by getting a requisite amount of Omega-3s. While some folks get their daily intake from supplements, research shows that eating seafood for Omega-3 fatty acids is a superior way to go.

Low Fat

While it isn’t the 90s and the world isn’t obsessed with everything and anything being “low fat” (see Seinfeld’s episode about low fat frozen yogurt), most of us Americans should take every chance we get to reduce our daily intake of unhealthy fats. Seafood averages under 2 percent fat, making it less fatty than the leanest meat, including chicken. The other plus is that you don’t need to trim any fat away, like you might with a NY strip of steak. All you have to do is bake, grill, steam, fry, or come into your local Mulligan’s seafood restaurant, and you are ready to go!

Come See Us Soon!

So there you have it. There are other health benefits to seafood which we didn’t have time to examine in today’s post, so please forgive us. However, we do hope you are well-equipped to convince anyone who isn’t in the mood for seafood that it’s the right choice tonight. Whether you go to the fish market and prepare your favorite dish yourself or you’d prefer a relaxing evening on the waterfront at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, it’s going to be a great evening. View our seafood menu here and come see us soon!

Your Favorite Seafood’s Restaurant’s Favorite Fish Puns, Quotes, And Jokes

Bear with us on this one. We aren’t proud of it, but by golly, people need a dang fish pun, joke, and quote blog every once in a while.

Before we get going with our charade that is today’s post, allow us a word or two about our local seafood restaurants. Our Mulligan’s Seafood restaurant locations at Lake Worth, Vero Beach, and Jensen Beach provide world-class seafood (and landfood). On top of that, we offer an amazing dining experience. Whether you are looking for a waterfront restaurant with a beautiful view or want to sit streetside, you’re going to love the atmosphere we’ve worked hard to create here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill.

Now that we’ve established that fundamental fact, let’s have some fun and dive right in!

Terrible, Terrible Fish Puns

Whale, to be honest, there’s a decent chance I’m going to miss that meeting, can we reschedule?

Yes I will dolphinitely have those reports with you by the end of the day. (Okay, this one is pretty good. We recommend trying to drop “dolphinitely” at your next business meeting. Go ahead, have a little fun. See if you can raise any eyebrows.)

I’m herring a lot of problems here but not a lot of solutions.

When we take this to court, he’s definitely going to be found gillty.

This isn’t rocket science. You don’t have to be a brain sturgeon to understand it. (These ones are just okay, we readily admit.)

You need to put your heart and sole into this business or you know where the door is

Any fin is possible if you don’t trout yourself! (Astounding.)

You can tune a guitar, but you can’t tuna fish. Unless of course, you play bass. (If you don’t like this pun, you aren’t welcome at any of our establishments. Just kidding, we just said that for the halibut. Are we krilling you yet? Just squidding. But all jokes aside, if you all can think of better fish puns, let minnow!

Joke Time!

Alright, thank you for your patience. Every seafood restaurant that has a blog is legally obligated to post a minimum of one pun-themed blog every year. If you’ve got a problem with that, take it up with your city councilperson is the best advice we can offer.

On to better things. Let’s have some fun. Let’s keep it clean. Here are some fish jokes the kiddos will love!

Q: Where do women fish keep their money?

A: In their octopurse.

Nice.

Q: What do you call a crayfish with a messy room?

A: A slobster

That joke pretty much wrote itself. Not that we did…

Q: How did the guppies get to the hospital?

A: In a clambulance.

Here’s a joke we take issue with. Why did the writer select guppy as their fish of choice? Why not some other shellfish, like a mussel or even an oyster? That being said, it’s a great concept.

Q: Why are fish so well educated?

A: They swim in schools!

We don’t care who you are, if you don’t enjoy this joke, you might need to see a doctor. Once you get cleared, come to Mulligan’s seafood restaurant for some crab legs, and then read this joke again. You’ll be good.

Q: How do fish know their weight?

A: They have scales.

Good form.

Q: How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

A: Tentacles.

Most people know this joke by now, and we think that’s fantastic.

Q: What did the magician say to the fisherman?

A: Pick a cod, any cod!

Good joke, for sure. Maybe it should be the magician from Boston to help explain the accent. Just our two cents…

Q: How do you keep a fish from smelling?

A: plug its nose.

Timeless.

Jokes For An Older Crowd

A guy is walking along the pier one day when he comes across an old man with his shoes off, trousers rolled up, legs dangling in the sea and fishing with an imaginary rod.

The guy’s confused, so he asks, “What are you doing?”

The old man replies, “Fishing for idiots.”

“Sounds good,” says the guy. “Can I join you?”

The old man says, “Of course you can. Sit down here next to me, son.”

So the guy sits down and casts an imaginary rod out.

We aren’t sure if there is more to this joke than meets the eye. Probably not, but still, we can’t help but think about why the idiot got his own imaginary rod out. We get the joke, don’t get us wrong, but that action is curious, perhaps even unsettling.

I sat and watched this guy fishing for four hours this morning.

Eventually he said to me, “Why don’t you give it a go?”

I said, “No thanks. I don’t have the patience.”

So the drunk fisherman walks several yards away and drills another hole.

As he peers into it he again hears a voice say, “There’s no fish down there.”

So he walks about 20 yards away and drills another hole.

Once again the voice says, “There’s no fish down there.”

The fisherman looks up to the sky and asks, “God, is that you?”

“No, you idiot,” says the voice. “It’s the rink manager.”

This joke might fly at a bar, especially if it were a hockey bar. Your call, though.

Our Favorite Quotes About Seafood

You can put the greatest seafood restaurant next to an average steak house in an urban area, and that steak house will do more business than the seafood place. If you go to the water, you can put an average seafood place next to the greatest steak house, and people are going to eat seafood. – Tilman J. Fertitta

Did we mention that Mulligan’s locations have seaside or waterfront locations? However, that’s as far as the comparison goes, seeing as how we are anything but an “average seafood restaurant.” Come and sit down next to the water and get treated to outstanding seafood, and landfood, should the mood strike.

Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it’s not the fish they are after. – Henry David Thoreau

Whoa, this post got deep, real quick.

Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein

This is an excellent quote with which to end the post. Its applications are many, and its wisdom rings true. Thanks, Albert.  

Come See Us Soon!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this obligatory, nay, mandatory pun, joke, and quote blog about fish and seafood. It was a blast to compose, and hopefully you (and maybe your kids) have enjoyed some of these wordplays yourselves. Come see us at Mulligan’s soon! View our menu here.

Lake Worth Restaurants: Why Try Mulligan’s?

In our most recent post, Things To Do In Lake Worth, Vero Beach, And Jensen Beach, we took the time to highlight some of our favorite activities both tourists and locals enjoy. From kayaking at Indian Riverside Park to checking out the Lake Worth Playhouse with the little ones, there is plenty the region has to offer besides delicious seafood at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill.

In posts before that, we got crab-centric, perhaps even crab-obsessed, which is definitely a thing you can get when you have access to delicious crab dishes served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (like we do at Mulligan’s). We answered questions about whether or not you can microwave crab, how to select and pick crab, and how one should cook crab in the first place. Crab-enthusiasts or crab-maniacs? We’ll leave the distinction to our readers, but the long and short of the matter is that we have a few crab menu options that quickly become the favorites of anyone who happens to try them.

Whether you end up ordering a Calypso Crab Cake (a jumbo, lump crab cake topped with Key West Hollandaise), a Crabby Grouper (a fresh grouper filet topped with lobster sauce and paired with a delicious crab cake), King Crab Legs (A King of a meal with 1 lb Alaskan Red King Crab legs), or our one-of-a-kind take on the Bloody Mary Cocktail (exquisite crab and house-made cocktail sauce put in a blender), you are guaranteed to enjoy it. Except if it’s the Crab Bloody Mary, because that one was made up! Just making sure our readers are paying attention…

But that’s enough crab-talk for this blog post – we’ve got other things to discuss. Namely, why our Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth restaurants are worth your time. Of course, we have Mulligan’s locations on Singer Island, Stuart, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and Sebastian as well, but we feel particularly inclined to highlight these three locations in today’s post.

Keep reading if you’d like to learn a little bit more about Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill and who we are, aside from being one of the top seafood restaurants in the area, naturally.

A Bit Of History

For starters, Mulligan’s is a full-service and family-oriented seafood restaurant. We are open 365-days a year for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While we are certainly a family restaurant, don’t get the idea that we don’t enjoy hosting a daily party of sorts. We have happy hours, complete with delightful cocktails and other libations. We also have frozen drinks to enjoy while taking in the view, whether you are out on a street-side patio or are lucky enough to be snug up against the beach. Each of our seven locations has a water view, we are proud to point out.

We were founded in 1997 by George Hart. George Hart, who remains the president and owner of Mulligan’s Beach House, is a 30+ year veteran in the restaurant industry. As we have been growing since our inception, we are proud to have taken on acquisition partners in 2016. But just because we have JPB Capital Partners involved as an equity investor, it doesn’t follow that we’ve lost any of our authenticity or passion for making scratch seafood dishes. Our increasing popularity testifies that point, as does our long-time commitment to giving back to our South Florida community. We’ll touch more on that below.

Here’s a non-comprehensive, but fairly extensive list of the local charities that we are proud to support here at Mulligan’s:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Angel’s Pediatric Heart House
  • A Second Chance Puppies & Kittens Rescue
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties, Inc
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Cardinal Gibbons Football
  • Environmental Learning Center
  • The Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the Treasure Coast, Inc.
  • Dogs For Life
  • ​Cerebral Palsy Guidance
  • Embrace Life Children’s Foundation
  • Feed The Children
  • Girls On The Run
  • HALO No Kill Rescue
  • Hibiscus Children’s Center
  • HUMANE SOCIETY of the Treasure Coast, Inc.
  • Impact Broward
  • JDRF
  • Atlanta Falcons Football Club
  • Junior Achievement of South Florida
  • Stevenson Elementary School
  • Lake Worth Football
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Team In Training
  • Martin County Football
  • Great Give PBC & MC
  • Martin County Tigers
  • Mesothelioma
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • PALM BEACH SCHOOL for AUTISM
  • Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Lawyer Center
  • Sebastian Sharks
  • Share The Stoke Foundation
  • SunCoast Mental Health
  • Vero Beach Football
  • Young Singers Of The Palm Beaches
  • Voices for Children of the Treasure Coast
  • Vero Beach High School
  • Youth Guidance Mentoring and Activities Program  
  • West Gate K-8
  • Whole Child Connection

For detailed information about each of these charities, check out our good works resource here. We are proud to relay that Mulligan’s has donated in the ballpark of $310,000 to a range of charities over the years. If you have a donation request, feel free fill out the form found on the page we linked to above. We’ll do our best to get back to you within 7-10 business days!

Private Dining At Mulligan’s

How do blue skies, a tropical ambiance, ocean views, and some of the best seafood in the entire region sound? Let’s sweeten the deal and make sure you are surrounded by your closest family and friends, since it’s your birthday!

Turn that hypothetical vision into a metaphysical reality by reaching out to us to schedule a private dining experience at one of our venues. We accommodate no more than 40 guests in our semi-private banquet room and we will take care of the whole experience! However you want to customize your event, just let us know, we’ll make sure it is one you won’t soon forget.

  • Vero Beach – Vero Beach Mulligan’s location offers a private oceanfront room that can contain 40 guests comfortably.
  • Jensen Beach – While our Jensen Beach seafood restaurant location doesn’t have a “proper” private room, we can easily accommodate between 25-30 guests in the main dining room, assuming we have adequate time to prepare for such a large party!
  • Lake Worth – Our Lake Worth tropical restaurant location offers two separate outdoor private areas. The West side patio can hold 50 guests with no trouble and the north side patio can perform the same function with 40 guests.

Contact Alison Watson at 772.600.7377 for all private dining and hosted event needs!

Come See Us Soon!

Even if you aren’t a fan of seafood, we have something for you at Mulligan’s, no matter if you see us for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour. At Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, you are assured of a great time because of our incredible variety of great food, top-notch service, without forgetting the fact that we keep the place clean and sanitary at all times. That’s the foundation for a good time at any restaurant!

Whether you are interested in family night, happy hour, or getting some unbelievable crab cakes in your belly, come see us soon!

Things To Do In Lake Worth, Vero Beach, And Jensen Beach

We’ve covered quite a bit of ground over the past few months. We’ve highlighted our non-seafood, or landfood, dishes that we have on offer, we’ve offered fish and drink pairing suggestions, we’ve told silly hypothetical stories about quests to microwave crab fish, and we’ve even shown the proverbial spotlight on our community involvement.

In recent posts, we’ve been focused on our crab dishes. Yet we understand that most folks aren’t able to come see us at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill every single day of the week for our famous crab dishes, so we’ve dedicated the past few posts to offering up some tips to help you select, pick, and prepare crab in the best way you can.

All that to say we will be shifting gears into today’s post. While we love our locals here at Mulligan’s, we do get plenty of walk-in traffic from people from out-of-town just passing through. Some of the most popular destinations for folks to come visit include Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth. As it just so happens, we have tropical restaurants located in each of those communities, so we thought we could offer folks who are planning on being tourists in the area shortly some advice regarding things to do in Vero Beach, Lake Worth, and Jensen Beach.

And if you are a local, you can read too! Maybe you’ll realize there has been one or two attractions or hidden gems that have been right under your nose this whole time!

Lake Worth Attractions

From the storied Lake Worth Playhouse to the historic Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex, there is a lot to like about the idea of visiting Lake Worth. Let’s take a look at a few of the top hot spots.

Downtown Lake Worth

For those of our readers with a flair for the exotic and unusual, we think you’ll find downtown Lake Worth right up your alley. The two main streets, Lucerne Avenue and Lake Avenue, boast a host of art galleries, boutique shops, live music venues, coffee shops, and top-of-the-line restaurants of all kinds. The area is known for being something of a hub for experimental music, a bohemian atmosphere, theatre troops, and a truly eye-popping visual arts scene. !0/10 we highly recommend passing through, even if you only have an hour or so to spare.

Lake Worth Playhouse

Once called the Oakley Theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse is the oldest building in Palm Beach County, according to the register of the Art Deco Society, which we presume to be an authority on such matters. Anyway, we mention the Playhouse of Lake Worth because it offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to witness year-round dramas, comedies, musicals, and more. From children’s shows to Broadway classics and even world-famous ballets and operas, there is something for everyone (assuming you aren’t a savage and have no love for the performing arts) here at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Check out their site right here for relevant information!

Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex

Nestled right up against the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find waterfront restaurants, shopping, and remarkable, 1920s-inspired architecture at the recently renovated Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex. And don’t worry about the little ones being exposed to gambling either, because the renovation involved the removal of all gambling practices at the new building. At this storied Lake Worth attraction, you’ll find a park on the ocean, ideal for picnics. However, do you remember those Lake Worth waterfront restaurants we mentioned above? One of them is Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, so we don’t really think you’ll need to be picnicking with our affordable and delicious seafood on hand!

Vero Beach Attractions

Guess what the number one attraction in Vero Beach is? That’s right, going to the beach. But not just any beach — there are certain full-service parks we recommend going to over others. Among the best are Golden Sands Beach, where you’ll find what you might expect at a classic American beach: lifeguards, picnic areas, restrooms, showers, snorkeling opportunities, and changing rooms. Jaycee Park offers over eight acres of oceanfront real estate and has something each member of the family can enjoy (we’d like to think, we can’t speak for every single family in the world, mind you). There is a playground, a boardwalk, a picnic area, and plenty of else to like!

Go Kayaking!

If you are feeling the water but maybe aren’t in the mood to sunbathe or swim, how do a few hours of relaxing kayaking sound? You can do exactly that at the Indian River Lagoon, a beautiful cove of sorts where you are sure to find more than your fair share of “photo opps.” Seriously, this area is known for being incredibly diverse biologically. You might see dolphins or one of the other 3,000 plant and animal species that have made this region their home.

Vero Beach Seafood Restaurants

Who are we kidding — there’s only one choice when it comes to getting delicious seafood at a fun, family-friendly Vero Beach restaurant. Mulligan’s has it all; we are open 365 days a year for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Come see us at Vero Beach soon!

Jensen Beach Attractions

Jensen Beach is one of the top places to visit in the Palm Beach area for more reasons than one. You can get a dolphin-watching boat tour, rent scooters and ride them along the coast, take a Segway adventure, have a spa day, go golfing, go to a children’s museum, go on a fishing charter, or attend one of the many local festivals. Let’s take a look at our favorite attraction in Jensen Beach, FL.

Indian Riverside Park

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from our Jensen Beach waterfront restaurant location, Indian Riverside Park, also known as IRSP is rated the top park for families in all of Martin County. It’s a spacious 63-acres in area, and sits peacefully adjacent to the beautiful, aforementioned Indian River Lagoon (where you can go kayaking). The park offers a walking path, a mangrove boardwalk, a fishing pier, an interactive play fountain, a beach, a picnic area, and open grass fields perfect for ultimate frisbee, baseball, or basking in the warm Florida sun.

Like we said, there is plenty to do in Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, and Lake Worth. No matter what activity suits you best, make sure you cap it off with Happy Hour and some fresh-caught seafood at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill! We’d love to have you stop by and experience what makes Mulligan’s the top seafood restaurant choice in the entire Palm Beach area. Check out our menu and then come on over, whether you are just passing through or are a born-and-raised Floridian!

How To Cook Crab: Tips From Your Favorite Local Seafood Restaurant

In our last post, we took a look at our recommended way of preparing and selecting crab. We offered up some tricks of the trade with regards to choosing live (and active) crab, in addition to getting into some details about the picking process.

We also shone the spotlight on our variety of crab dishes we have on offer at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. Among said crab dishes, some of our most popular remain Key West Crab Cakes, King Crab Legs, and Crab Benedict. And with tropical, family-friendly restaurant locations in Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, and in other locations, you’re never too far away from outstanding fresh seafood.

That being said, we made the point last time (and we’ll make it again) that it’s often not possible for people to come see us at Mulligan’s every time they get a hankering for shellfish. Now, we are an affordable seafood and fish restaurant – don’t get us wrong – but there are simply few people who can afford to eat out so frequently. Our point is that, however much it might pain us to think of you getting your seafood fix somewhere else, your home is certainly the least painful location we can imagine. What’s more, we’d like to carry on with our tip-giving ways so that you can be confident and well-prepared to cook some delicious crab legs, should the mood strike.

Many people can get intimidated by the mere appearance of those foreboding, gigantic Alaskan crab legs. But honestly, it’s not so bad and it doesn’t take too long to get the hang of what you are doing. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at a few different ways you can prepare crab, including steaming, baking, and broiling crab legs. All that said, keep reading if you are interested in gleaning some cooking-method tips from Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill!

Crab Cooking Tips

Before we dive into preparation techniques, let’s start with some prerequisites. Now, if there’s one thing you remember after reading this blog, perhaps it should be that crab should nearly always be eaten on the same day it’s been bought. It’s not vital, per se, as crab meat can keep in the refrigerator for two days. But with each passing day, you’ll be sacrificing quality and taste. Given the fact that eating crab is somewhat of a special treat, we recommend following through and making a day of it! Here are a few other tips about the selection process, just for review:

  • When you buy live crab, it should smell fresh and somewhat briny, but never fishy. It should look clean and vibrant to indicate health as well.
  • Live crabs should be active, so try to avoid crab housed in water, as this exhausts crabs struggling for breath.
  • Crab meat that has been cooked should have no fishy odor or traces of ammonia. The meat itself should be white as snow, predominantly.
  • Be sure to separate cooked crab meat from raw meat, as bacteria can migrate from uncooked to cooked portion.

General Tips

Here are some crab leg-specific tips many find helpful.

  • Consider adding a bit of minced garlic to your melted butter for dipping. You could even brown the garlic in the butter to pull more flavor out of the minced garlic.
  • If you are electing the boiling or baking route, you can use olive oil as a butter replacement. If you are looking to eat healthier, prefer the vegan option, or simply like the taste of olive oil, this could be a good option for you.
  • One pound of crab leg per person should be close to the right amount, depending on the appetites of those in your party.
  • Melted butter is great, especially with garlic, but clarified butter is something else altogether!
  • If the crab legs you’ve purchased are frozen and have red shells, they’ve been pre-cooked. Still, it’s safe to double check with the market attendant to be sure.
  • If you have pre-cooked crab legs, you can eat them cold, should you so desire. Just make sure they’ve thawed first!
  • Alaskan king crab legs almost always come pre-cooked, as they are cooked almost immediately after having been caught. Yes, they are cooked on the boat! Then they are frozen, which helps lock in flavor and freshness. And considering the fact that Florida is a bit of a drive away from Alaska, we here at Mulligan’s consider that a very good thing!
  • In order to defrost crab legs, you can place them in your refrigerator for right around eight hours. Consider placing them in a watertight container so they can drain while they thaw.

Steaming Crab Legs

  • Pour two cups of water in a large pot (or a steamer, if you’ve got one). Add a tablespoon of salt and bring the water to a boil.
  • Enter the crab legs. Place them on a rack in the bottom of the pan or into the steaming basket.
  • Start timing once the water begins to boil again.
  • Steam the crab somewhere between five to seven minutes. A good way to tell they are done is to make sure they are warm while you are able to smell their sweet scent. Again, these legs have been cooked already, so make sure you don’t over do them.
  • Take them off the heat, serve with some delicious melted-garlic butter and lemon wedges for acidity. Delicious!

Baking Or Broiling Crab Legs

  • In order to broil your crab legs, set your oven rack to roughly five inches below the top heating element. Preheat your oven to broil.
  • In order to bake your crab legs, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F with your oven rack in the middle.
  • Soak and rinse the legs. Pat them dry. Cut through the legs on their underside with a sharp pair of scissors. A sharp knife works too.
  • Place them on a baking pan, individually, with the cut-side facing up. Brush with a lemon juice and butter mixture.
  • Broil between three to four minutes. Bake for roughly eight minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Look out for a future post in which we’ll address other ways of cooking crab, like boiling, grilling, or even microwaving!

Be sure to come visit us over here at Mulligan’s too!

Tips For Preparing Fish

There are some good seafood restaurants along the Atlantic coast of Florida. There are some lousy ones, too. It’s difficult to determine which are which, mainly because the bad ones don’t come out and tell you that they aren’t concerned with the quality of their service or product. That’s why it’s helpful to do some online research on Google Reviews, Yelp, Urban Spoon, and the like before heading to the first restaurant that pops up after you type “seafood restaurant near me” into your smartphone.

Word of mouth is a great way to figure out how to separate the pretenders from those who care about pleasing their customers with top-shelf seafood, like we do here at Mulligan’s Beach House and Grill. But if you aren’t a local, perhaps you are on vacation or just happen to be passing through the area and are in the mood for some delectable fish tacos and the like, who are you going to ask? That’s why we’ve made this space here at Mulligan’s; we want people who are looking for local seafood restaurants to be able to find us on search engines. This is the case whether you are looking for kid-friendly restaurants in Sebastian, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, or Vero Beach.

But we have this space for more reasons than simply attracting people to our local seafood restaurants. In past posts, we’ve highlighted local attractions, our menu items, and have offered some pairing ideas when it comes to coupling types of fish with wine, beer, and other adult beverages.

In today’s post, we wanted to provide you with some simple, easy-to-remember tips for preparing fish. We understand that most people aren’t able to eat out at a seafood restaurant every time they want some fish, and with that in mind, keep reading if you are interested in picking up some tips provided to you by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill!

Selecting The Right Filet

Let’s start at the beginning, with selecting the right filet. As we are fans of all kinds of fish, we recommend you not head to your local supermarket with too specific intentions. That is, if they don’t have salmon (or fresh salmon), be open to a different kind of fish. All you need is a bit of salt, pepper, and perhaps some fresh herbs and lemon to bring out the natural flavor of any kind of fish. Of course, there are plenty of recipes that have fancy sauces and preparation methods, but selecting a quality filet is the essential precursor to any delicious home-cooked fish dish.

The fact of the matter is that similar types of fish are easily exchanged for one another, so don’t get hung up on a single kind. Look for a filet that doesn’t have water pooled around it. Don’t feel the need to avoid whole fish, either. All you have to do is simply ask the attendant to “dress” the fish for you, which entails removing the guts, head, and other undesirable parts of your selection.

Just make sure the fish you are selecting smells more like the sea than that “fishy” smell. Another thing to look out for is if the fish filet you have in mind is soft. That is bad. You want it to be firm. Feel free to ask the attendant what their recommendation is, too.

Storage

Storage also plays a key role in the end result. If you aren’t planning on eating the purchased fish on that same day, you want to make sure to keep it chilled in the coldest part of your refrigerator. On that day, take it out a few hours before you plan to cook it. Then run it over cool water and pat it dry to make sure scales and whatnot fall off. Then put it on a plate, uncovered, and leave it in your refrigerator until it is time to go.

Pan Frying Your Fish

If you elect to pan fry your fish, all you need is some oil, butter, salt, pepper, flour, and whichever spices you prefer. Simply dust the filets with your combination of salt, pepper, flour, and spices, and dip them in the heated butter and oil. The butter is for flavor and the oil is to make sure the butter doesn’t burn. And while we aren’t providing our readers with a specific recipe in today’s post, a good rule for frying time is 7-10 minutes per inch of thickness. So, for a thin fillet, you are looking at 3-4 minutes of frying time.

Battered Fish

Everybody likes fish and chips, but it can be quite the challenge to duplicate the kind of deliciousness you might find at a top restaurant like Mulligan’s. Here’s a “life hack” for you; instead of using milk or regular water in your recipe, replace it with beer or even soda water. You want to make sure that the batter you use is ice-cold when you dip your fish in it. Ideally, your batter should be golden brown within 60 seconds. The key is to make sure your batter doesn’t soak through to make your fish soggy.

Come See Us At Mulligan’s!

We love to give little tips and serve up fun facts on these blog posts, but not half as much as we like serving up an ice-cold beer with some delicious fish and chips here at Mulligan’s. With locations in Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Lake Worth, and beyond, we would love if you would take the time to come see why people love Mulligan’s!

Wild Facts About Florida’s Theme Parks

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While not all of our patrons are tourists visiting loved ones or coming to see all that Florida has to offer, we certainly play host to our fair share of people just passing through. On the other hand, the majority of our customers here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill are locals hailing from any number of towns and cities along the coastline of East Florida. Even folks from Boca Raton and Palm Beach have been known to travel a bit north to one of locations in Stuart, Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Lauderdale by the Sea, and Lake Worth.

Our point is this; whether you are a tourist or a third-generation, native Floridian, come on by to get some local, fresh seafood, world-class hospitality, and a truly unique atmosphere. We proudly serve the freshest seafood, delicious landfood, choice cocktails, and much more. We even have private dining options with holiday specials, so if you are deciding where you want your business’ holiday party to be, consider our variety of locations and select holiday menus!

With that said, let’s move onto today’s promised topic, wild facts about Florida’s many theme parks. We’ve got same great options to choose from, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld Orlando, Legoland Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa, and many more. Keep reading if you are interested in learning some zany facts, you might just read a few handy secrets that will prove to be useful the next time you head to Orlando…

Interesting Tidbits About Disney World And Universal Studios Florida

  • Florida is at sea level. While that might not qualify as “interesting”, it is a useful pre-fact, if you will. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has a little-known tunnel system which is used by park employees to get around quickly and discreetly. These underground tunnels, interestingly enough, are actually on sea level. The park is built on top of this ground level, in a coincidental homage to modern Rome.
  • This one might surprise you a little bit. If you go to the Magic Kingdom, you might be surprised to see some ash flying around. No, it’s probably not from a nearby controlled burn. It’s more likely from a deceased person’s remains. People just like to be left where they remember being happy, we suppose. Oddly enough, this happens so much that the park has its own vacuum to take care of this occurrence.
  • Walt Disney World Resort proper is just about as large as the city limits of San Francisco. However, only 35 percent of the resort’s grounds have been developed. The Animal Kingdom alone is over 400 acres in size. It makes sense that it is the resort’s biggest theme park.
  • Speaking of the Animal Kingdom, there are over 3,000 species of animals in its some 4,000,000 plants and trees. What a habitat!
  • Every day, a random family is chosen to be able to stay at the very top of Cinderella’s castle in the Magic Kingdom. The apartment was intended to be used for Walt Disney and his family.
  • The “Land” pavilion at Epcot Center is used for the growing of some 30 tons of food used by Epcot Center’s many restaurants in addition to being a mildly entertaining exhibit!
  • Speaking of Epcot, do you know why it is named what it is named? “Epcot” stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. With the dawn of the internet and all that comes with it, we are not sure the powers-that-be understood how daunting of a task keeping this park “futuristic” would actually become.
  • Walt Disney World was originally planned to be built in St. Louis, Missouri. The blueprint showed that the plan was to have the park be categorically indoors because of the cold winter months.

  • Disney World purchases more fireworks than any other entity in the U.S. save the nation’s military itself. We aren’t sure why the military is using fireworks, though.
  • Gators want to experience the most magical place on earth, too. Some have even been known to join in the fun by taking a dip in Splash Mountain’s pool. The whole park is built on a swamp, after all.
  • There’s a small, half-court basketball court on the top of Matterhorn Mountain. Perhaps you’ve seen the employees repelling down the mountain in their themed costumes. One of them reportedly got bored and brought the fixins’ to build a court up there to help pass the down time.
  • Shifting gears a bit, you can check out an actual piece of the Berlin Wall at Universal Studios near the Blue Man Group entrance. It’s in a garden behind the Hard Rock Cafe, and isn’t something you get to see or touch every day!
  • If you’ve been on The Rip Ride Rockit, you probably noticed that each seat comes complete with a touchscreen you can use to select music to enjoy while you nearly soil yourself during the ascent. But what you might be less familiar with is the fact that you can select a wide array of hidden songs if you hold down the logo on the top of the screen for around 10 seconds. Here’s the kicker, though; you need to have a three-digit code to access these songs. Luckily, the folks from the top seafood restaurant in East Florida have you covered with the full list here.
  • Always ask to take the tour when you are at Universal Studios. You’ll skip the long lines and see some hidden gems while you are at it!

Stop By Mulligan’s

No, we aren’t located in Orlando. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to tell you about how much we love all that our home state has to offer. If you find yourself a bit tuckered out of the theme park experience, we find the ocean serves as a lovely tonic. Combine a waterfront, tropical restaurant with some of the very best seafood you’ll find near and far, and you have yourself a dining option you just can’t pass up. Stop by our Lake Worth restaurant or another one of our locations very soon! We’d love to host you.

Fish Restaurant Near Me: Little-Known Facts About Seafood

Let’s get to some fun news, right off the bat! We are thrilled to announce that Mulligan’s Beach House (seafood restaurant) is opening a brand new location on Singer Island! Opening in 2018, it will be located at 2501 N. Ocean Dr. Riviera Beach, Fl, 33404. Mulligan’s, a full-service fish restaurant with locations in Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, plus other Southeastern Floridian locations, aims to provide a family-friendly atmosphere that people of all ages can enjoy. With our tropical ambiance and beach restaurant themes, kids and parents alike love coming to spend the evening, afternoon, or morning for a time at Mulligan’s. If you are worried that the above description might not be geared enough toward a more adult, perhaps business-oriented crowd, have no fear. We have a great Happy Hour in addition to our Family Nights!

Seafood And Sea Life Facts

But in all honesty, as much as we enjoy talking about our “fish restaurant near me” as you may have searched on your smartphone to find this page, that’s not what this promised blog topic is about! It’s about little-known facts about seafood, and by golly, that’s what our readers are going to get. If you are interested in learning some facts that might impress (or weird out) your friends, read on!

Sidenote: we recommend you bring some of these tidbits up at random, perhaps interrupting a good friend while they are telling you about their day. Consider yelling these tips at them, too, for an added shock-value. Feel free to make it your own, too.

  • The US Department of Health says that you should eat a minimum of two servings (455 grams, or 1 lb) of seafood per week. Here at our local seafood restaurant, we couldn’t agree more.
  • Yellow Fin Tuna, or Ahi Tuna, can weigh all the way up to 300 lbs! That’s 175 kilograms of delicious Yellow Fin Tuna. Of course, we go through our tuna fairly quickly here at Mulligan’s, so one of these catches might last us through a single evening…maybe.
  • Seafood, and fish in particular, is a significant source of nutrition and protein for over a billion people across the globe. In developing countries, this is especially the case. Fish farming is becoming an increasingly profitable business in nations such as ours, in part because the public has started to recognize the health benefits of getting their daily protein intake from fish sources.
  • Our oceans are becoming more acidic than ever before. Indirect causes stemming from climate change have caused accelerated warming in areas that fish call home. The increased warmth of the earth in turn warms oceans, which increases the acidic quotient, or acidification rates. Former President Barack Obama cited acidification as a primary concern related to global warming in an Executive Order he issued in 2013. So while this is not a novel concept, it is one of which to be aware.
  • 8 percent of fish that have been caught are thrown back into the sea, worldwide. While the intention might be good, too often these fish are either damaged, dead, or dying.
  • Tuna bones have a value that is truly exceptional. They can be used for fish powder that has the capacity to enrich typical diets with omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, and zinc.
  • We, as humans, tend to dramatically undervalue certain parts of fish. Among these under-utilized regions are backbones, viscera, and the head, which make up anywhere between 30 and 70 percent of fish. These areas happen to be especially high in micronutrients. If you have the stomach for it, we say go for it! But here at Mulligan’s we’ll stick to grilling up the fish parts you have grown more accustomed to.
  • The African lungfish is a remarkable creature. Initially, the lungfish was wrongly classified as a reptile; the African lungfish is in fact an amphibian. Wondrously, they have the ability to trap themselves in a mud tunnel if they sense their lake is going to dry up. In this mud tunnel they can live for years and years, waiting until the rains return. Try shouting the above factoid over a lovely seafood dinner at Mulligan’s, and see how our friendly staff reacts! (fair warning: they’ll have no context for what you are saying). That just sounds like a worthwhile social experiment to us.

  • “Finding Nemo”, the incredible Pixar film, is a ruse. That’s right, you heard it here first. Why? Anemone fishes, the kind of fish that Nemo and his father are, have a unique aspect to their species. Only the two largest fish sexually mature. The largest is always the female and the runner-up is always male. But here’s the kicker: when the female dies, the male then changes sex to female, with the next-man-up mentality of the National Football League taking effect in mother-nature, as the next-biggest fish matures to become male. Of course, the entire movie is rife with anthropomorphization. And by that logic, it could be argued that Nemo’s dad was in denial about his mate’s death, whereby he became unable to change sexes. So perhaps it isn’t a ruse after all. Maybe it’s just a setup. Can you say “Nemo Trilogy”? We can. We got your back, Pixar.
  • Fish have evolved to have incredibly intricate shades and patterns to protect them from predators. Although there is a rich diversity in this conversation, most all fish are countershaded. That is to say that they are darker on their tops, growing to be gradually lighter or more silver on their bellies and sides. This serves a pragmatic purpose, as most evolution does. Whether they are seen from above or below, their aim is to make it difficult to be seen.
  • Scallops are remarkable creatures and there are a plethora of fun facts we could share with you about them, but we will try to limit ourselves to only the best tidbits for our readers. For starters (not appetizers), scallops have around 60 eyes that circumvent their mantle. Their eyes help them detect motion, dark, and light. Scallops get their energy by consuming small organisms in the water. But instead of actively hunting for these creatures, they take a filter-feeding approach. Their mucus traps plankton in the water. The last scallop fact we will hit you with today is that Atlantic sea scallops have massive shells! Some of these scallops grow to be 9 inches in size!
  • Seafood products, a vast category, are some of the most widely traded food commodities in the world. The total annual amount traded is in the range of $150 billion. Japan consumes the most seafood in the world, with Spain coming in at number 2.
  • Menhaden fish have a long history with the U.S. Not only is it one of the nation’s most important fishes, but it is today used for a variety of purposes. Among them are being used for feed in dog, cat, and pig food, health supplements, insecticides, paints, margarine, soap, cosmetic protects, and more. But before that, Native Americans taught some of the first European settlers to come to North America to plant Menhaden fish with their corn.
  • Hagfishes are also known as slime hags or slime eels. Slime eels have been aptly named, as evidenced by their ability to produce copious amounts of mucus if sufficiently disturbed. Nicknamed the “skunk of the sea” by some (not really), a slime eel can produce more than two gallons of slime in just a few minutes, should they think they are in enough danger. This slime makes them pretty much inedible, so we don’t recommend trying to catch one for dinner. And fear not, we don’t serve hagfish at our local tropical restaurants!

Stop By Mulligan’s!

Whether it be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we would love if you came by our beach house at any one of our locations. 365 days a year, we strive to provide every guest that comes through our doors with a world-class dining experience. Even if you aren’t in the mood for seafood (and who can blame you, after reading about slime eels) we’ve got a variety of sandwiches, appetizers, and breakfast dishes that are sure to tickle your taste buds. So the next time you go to your phone and search “fish restaurant near me”, just forget it. Come to Mulligan’s Beach House, and save yourself the data! View our seafood menu and stop by today.

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

In part one of this two part series about various fish and their flavor profiles, we only had the time to analyze cod and mahi mahi. That is mostly our fault, as we got a bit caught up highlighting what Mulligan’s has to offer within and beyond the seafood world. With so many things to talk about, we hope that our readers won’t hold it against us for too long. Especially because at the end of this article, we will again highlight a few different features about our beloved waterfront restaurant(s). But for now, just know that our locations of Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth all have fantastic seafood and more, with each being a family restaurant where anyone and everyone can find a little bit of fun and a whole lot of great food.

Today we will continue our discussion on our favorite fish, most of which you can find at, you guessed, it Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill. Let’s get going!

The Grouper Fish

Grouper are part of perhaps the largest family of fish in the world, the sea bass family. If you’ve had Grouper before, it’s very likely it was either Gag or Red Grouper, as those are the most commonly caught. As you may have guessed, the grouper fish is very common within Florida seas, in addition to being found in the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, the Mid-Atlantic States, and even South America.

Taste And Preparation

With a mild, sweet flavor, somewhere in between seabass and halibut, grouper ends up cooking to be more firm than many other kinds of fish. Yet at the same time it locks its moisture in well, with big flakes and a well-rounded flavor.

Typically, chefs prefer to cook with the Red Grouper, but if prepared correctly, any kind of grouper can dazzle the taste buds. A classic southern method of preparation is to blacken it. Blackening it on a grill (what we recommend if you are new to this technique), and adding the classic sides of black beans and rice makes this a treat the whole family can enjoy. Plus, it doesn’t take all day to cook or clean up!

Whatever your method of choice, a good rule of thumb (along with many other kinds of fish, to be fair) is to cook for ten minutes for every inch of thickness, with the oven temperature being somewhere between 400-450 degree F. Substitutions for grouper include red snapper and Mahi Mahi.

And while we are talking about the Florida Grouper, try our own entree, and get Fresh Florida Grouper either blackened or grilled, topped with our in-house Pineapple Salsa. If you are feeling like grouper but you still want some lobster and crab at the same time (greedy, but we can’t blame you), try our Crabby Grouper dish. It comes with a Fresh Grouper filet, topped with lobster sauce and paired with a delicious crab cake. If we are talking about bites to remember, this is certainly one that will rank highly on your all-time list.

Ahi Tuna

Also referred to as Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna, Ahi Tuna is most commonly found in Hawaii. It has a similar flavor profile to Albacore Tuna or Salmon, yet is often served rare in order to maintain its natural distinctiveness. Another reason to serve this fish rare is that it dries out quickly and is easy to overcook. So if you are going to ride that edge, try to get it with just a touch of pink remaining in the middle.

Taste And Preparation

Ahi tuna is both mild and firm, like many other first. But unlike some kinds, it also has a full and even hearty flavor. You can prepare Ahi Tuna in a variety of ways, but three of the most common are as follows.

  • Sear Your Tuna – heat a pan until it is very hot with oil (pro-tip; coconut oil has a very high smoke point, and is wildly healthy for you in a variety of ways), slap your tuna steaks on the pan, and cooked, uncovered, for between 6 and 9 minutes. Flip once halfway through, and don’t forget your spices, which we will get to later.
  • Bake Your Tuna – quite simply, stick it on a greased baking sheet in an oven at 450 degree for around five minutes. Boom town.
  • Grill Your Tuna – brush your tuna with oil, and grill on the highest heat settings you’ve got, for around 4 minutes on each side.

Spices And Sides

Whichever method you prefer, Ahi Tuna goes great with dill, tarragon, parsley, fennel, rosemary, and even goes great when marinated in soy sauce. Play around with a couple of different combinations to find out which one you prefer. In terms of sides and wine-pairing, our ideal meal to go with Ahi Tuna includes roasted potatoes, a leafy salad, and a Chardonnay. If, however, you are looking to go towards the rare side of preparation, allow us to do the heavy lifting by trying our Blackened Seared Tuna. Once you’ve tried that at Mulligan’s, it might be hard to convince you to try some of our other great menu items at any one of our beach restaurants!

On Our Next Episode

We initially started this series as not a series, but just a one-off about a few of our favorite kinds of fish, some of which we serve here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill. Then, once we got in the weeds a little bit, decided to make a two part series out of it. Now, we’ve realized we have yet to discuss lobster, crabs, or shrimp! We can’t exclude those, so next time we will be talking about those mouthwatering crustaceans.

But whether you are a seafood fan or not, we want you to stop on by any one of our 6 Mulligan’s tropical restaurant locations. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year, you can try our omelets, burgers, salads, french toast, nachos, onion rings, quesadillas, cheese steaks, sandwiches, soups, pastas, cocktails, wines, martinis, and much more. Try out these options and more at South Florida’s top restaurant, Mulligan’s!

Fun Activities In Lake Worth For The Whole Family

We here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill have locations in Lake Worth, Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, Lauderdale by the Sea, Sebastian, and Stuart. Throughout southern and central Florida you can find our wonderful tropical restaurants filled with happy people, including families and kids, having a great time eating fantastic food.

In our previous two posts, we outlined some of the fun things to do in Vero Beach and Jensen Beach. The two beach communities have so many different activities to offer that it was difficult to whittle our list down to a manageable size. In today’s post, which is dedicated to outlining activities in Lake Worth, we have a similar problem on our hands. That said, let’s dive into some of the exciting events and hidden gems that Lake Worth offers tourists and locals alike.

Palm Beach Bass Fishing

If you have any interest in fishing whatsoever, you are not going to want to miss the bass fishing that can be found on Palm Beach’s wonderful lakes. The butterfly peacock bass are a sight to behold in their own right, but when you add a little sport to the mix, then you really are cooking up a good time.

Comfortably aboard a 21 foot fishing boat, you’ll have a captain who knows Palm Beach’s lakes like the back of their hand. And if you have members of your party worried about being compelled to fish (or getting wet), have no fear. There is no pressure here, only good times. Likewise, if you are an experienced angler or are a first timer, your captain will cater to what you need. After all, it’s your trip! And by the way, if you want to skip the catching portion of your seafood dinner, come on by Mulligan’s in Lake Worth! We have some of the best Mahi Mahi in all of Florida!

A Farmer’s Market On The Beach

If fresh air, fresh vegetables, and fresh water sound like a good use of a day to you, then Lake Worth’s Farmer’s Market might be worth checking out, should you be visiting the Palm Beach region any time soon. The farmer’s market is right on the water, with a small town feel.

As one reviewer put it in her online review of the market, the market has “fresh produce and beautiful surroundings! What a lovely idea to have a farmers market between the intercoastal waterway and the beach! If you are the type of person who wants to get in and out quickly, you are in luck as this is one of the smaller markets where you still have a good assortment of stands and be able to get all your shopping done in a few minutes. Fresh breads, farm fresh eggs, organic vegetables and fruits and much more, make this a delightful place to shop.”

Talk about a glowing review! Lake Worth’s Farmer’s Market is definitely worth a visit to get some local flavor.

Downtown Lake Worth

Speaking of things to do in town, let’s talk about Lake Worth’s downtown for a minute. If you are a fan of coffee shops, boutique shopping, food trucks, live music, quality seafood restaurants (like Mulligan’s), and fun events like sidewalk chalk painting and face painting, this is a downtown right for you.

Another aspect of Lake Worth is that it has a unique, almost quirky vibe to it. As Susan C., of Georgia, put it: “Fun and Funky. It lives up to ‘Keep Lake Worth Weird’. One of the reasons we bought in Lakeworth is the Fun and Funky factor. There is not the typical polished corporate retail and the people are Very welcoming. There is a variety of eateries which are all unique and delicious. Many great festivals and activities year round. Worth a visit for certain!”

Nice pun, Susan! And we agree 100 percent with Susan. Downtown has a little bit of fun for everyone, so it’s perfect if you are alone, a couple, or are going with a family!

Rapids Water Park

Given a ⅘ rating by Travelocity, you probably are going to want to cool off at Lake Worth’s water park of choice, Rapids Water Park, the largest water park in all of South Florida! With 42 different water slides to choose from, the kids are certain to have a good time. While they are busy screaming their heads off and having a great time, you can finally slow down, unwind, and let the sun kiss your skin. The water park is 30 acres across, and boasts a variety of rides and activities, like the splash gymnastics at Alligator Alley.

Of course, no water park is complete without a lazy river and a gigantic (25,000 square foot!) wave pool. Located just a few miles north of Lake Worth, this is a family activity you don’t want to miss out on!

Eco Tours

There are plenty of opportunities to experience nature where the land meets the sea at Lake Worth. And if you are a person who likes to be a bit more active while being a part of nature (sorry, anglers), you can take an eco tour by kayaking or paddle boarding around Lake Worth!

And don’t worry if you have never paddle boarded before, because Paddleboard Connection has experienced, down-to-earth instructors who love showing newbies the ropes. Take sunset tours, full moon tours, and guided tours, and join so many others partaking the fastest growing watersport in the world!

Here is what one of their customers had to say about their paddleboarding tour with Paddleboard Connection: “Absolutely perfect paddle boarding. We came into town for 3 days and called/texted Paddleboard Connection last minute and Vivian was able to work is into her schedule. She was so kind to us and gave excellent instruction before getting on the boards. She was knowledgeable about both The history of Paddle boarding and the area! We just loved getting to know her while relaxing on the water!”

Clearly, if you are on the adventurous side, this is a Lake Worth attraction that is worthy of consideration!

Guided Segway Tour Of Deerfield Beach

If you’d rather get a lay of the land…on the land, something the whole family can enjoy without working up too much of a sweat is the segway tour of Deerfield Beach. Based in Boca Raton, you’ll experience incredible views from the peaceful vantage point of a segway. The coast is truly a sight worth seeing, and better yet, groups get to see the famous “Al Capone Island”, along with a host of other local hidden gems the Palm Beach area has to offer. And if you are worried about operating the segway, fear not, because their instructors are calm, experienced, and will help you out! It’s a low intensity tour, so get ready to relax while you enjoy the wonderful Atlantic Coast.

The Crown Jewel Of Lake Worth

You probably could have guessed this one! Located on 10 Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, FL., Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill is a full-service restaurant that goes above and beyond “just seafood”. A kid-friendly, family restaurant, everyone will find something to enjoy on our extensive menu.

Found within the Lake Worth Casino Building and renovated Beach Complex, the casino is an attraction in its own right, as it has a classic 1920s feel. And if you are planning on coming with kids, keep in mind that there is no gambling at the new complex. Our community just wanted to keep the name “casino” to remind everyone about Lake Worth’s history. With happy hour everyday from 1-7pm, and a great line of desserts, appetizers, land food, and cocktails, you won’t regret you stopped by one of South Florida’s top restaurants! Come on by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill, and come get yourself a flavorful menu item that is sure to surprise and delight.