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!

Can You Microwave Crab?

So you are sitting there, contemplating your navel, until your thoughts give way to a pre-installed human need – hunger. But rather than getting up to go to the pantry and see what cracker box you can scrape some crumbs from, you sit there, still deep in thought.

However, your thoughts have moved from wherever they were – that’s not our business – onto a category that decidedly is our business – seafood. Yes, we are a local chain of seafood restaurants here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. With family-friendly restaurants in Sebastian, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and Singer Island, we are never too far away for tourists and locals alike to get their hands on some world-class seafood.

What’s more, we are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the year. And if you are sitting there, no longer contemplating your navel to any degree, but instead are frowning thinking to yourself, “I don’t like seafood; I like LANDfood.” Well, the first thing we would say in reply is that you sound like a child, so maybe work on your attitude. The second thing we’d submit is that you are in luck, as we have a wide variety of seafood and landfood options. From breakfast platters filled with waffles, sausages, and eggs done any style to Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread and no-nonsense Southwest Burgers, there is something for everyone here at Mulligan’s. You don’t have to be a seafood nut to enjoy a kid-friendly restaurant’s atmosphere, weekly Family Night, or an affordably-priced Happy Hour!

Back To The Contemplation

Please excuse the digression; we can get carried away with ourselves when we start writing about all that our waterfront restaurants have to offer folks in Southeastern Florida.

So, let’s get back to the narrative. You are sitting there, hungry, but have yet to move. Why? You are thinking about crab legs – sweet, delicious crab. And not just any sweet, delicious crab. We are talking about Alaskan King Crab Legs. We are talking about a king of a meal with 1 lb Alaskan Red King Crab Legs, expertly prepared at Mulligan’s. Mmmm, sounds really, really good, doesn’t it?

That’s why you haven’t moved yet; you won’t settle for cracker crumbs or even imitation crab. You need the real deal at your favorite beach restaurant in Vero Beach (that’s us). But here’s the kicker – you aren’t anywhere near Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, or Florida at all. You’re in Seattle on business, and you are sitting in your hotel room (you’ve been there a while, that’s why you don’t feel like going to the grocery store again, as you are leaving the day after tomorrow).

But you realize, leave you must. For at this point, crab legs are a non-negotiable must. But you don’t do anything without reading our recent post on how to correctly select crab from the market to get the appropriate pre-dressing and picking-the-meat tips.

After you’ve successfully followed our steps, you get back to your hotel room with your crab legs in hand. You are ready to bake your crab legs!

Wait. You don’t have an oven, the company you work for is way too cheap to put you up anywhere with an oven or even a stovetop. But hey, at least you have a microwave. But can you cook these succulent crab legs you just bought from Pikes Place Market in a microwave?

Keep reading to find out.

How To Microwave Crab Legs

Quite simply, yes, you can microwave crab legs, and it is usually fairly easy to do so because most crab purchased is already frozen and has been cooked on the boat or just after docking. This is done in order to preserve freshness, and that is fairly handy because all that is left for you to do is warm it up. So even if you’ve purchased freshly caught crab from somewhere like the aforementioned Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, there’s a chance that even those crabs have been frozen.

For the sake of conversation, let’s suppose it was frozen, because that means you can use a microwave to reheat them.

You’ll want to get a microwave-safe dish that can hold them all without becoming too cluttered. The rule of thumb here is for every ½ lb of crab, add one tablespoon of water. Then, for every ½ lb of crab, microwave between three and four minutes. Casserole dishes make ideal vessels for this process.

How do you know they are done? That’s easy – you can tell by smelling them or touching the meaty part of the leg to confirm they have warmed all the way through.

You’ll find that each microwave has its own peculiarities, and, as such, it’s a good idea to be watchful the first time you use a microwave to prepare crab. What’s more, crab and other shellfish are notorious somewhat notorious for being difficult to reheat. Hopefully these tips will behoove your quest to consume delicious crab, even if you are way too far away from the closest Mulligan’s restaurant location.

Clarified Butter

We’d be remiss if we failed to mention the fact that crab is greatly improved with some lemon juice and clarified butter. Oh, you aren’t familiar with clarified butter? Allow us to briefly explain. Also referred to as “drawn butter,” clarified butter is simply butter that has had its water and milk solids removed. In other words, clarified butter only contains pure butterfat. This gives it a higher smoke point than traditional butter, which means you can cook with it at higher temperatures without worrying about it burning. Another advantage is that clarified butter doesn’t spoil as easily, so you can keep it in your refrigerator for months at a time. Although, if you are in a hotel room, this doesn’t do you much good. However, one final benefit is that clarified butter, while lacking the classic richness of unsalted butter, gives a nutty flavor which complements the flavor profile of your Alaskan King Crab Legs in a unique way. We highly recommend giving it a go!

Come See Us At Mulligan’s

We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s pseudo-story time post. At the end of the day, if you are a Southeastern Florida local or plan on visiting the area soon, we’d love to see you at one of our Mulligan’s locations. Whether you are a crab fanatic or not, we are confident you’ll find something there you will want to try over and over again. The trouble is, there are too many good dishes to try to stay confined to only one choice!

View our menu here, and come see us soon!


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!

How To Select And Pick Crab

In our last post, Tips For Preparing Fish, we took the time to highlight a few of the most common, easy-to-employ methods for preparing fish. Said methods included preparation styles for battered fish and pan-fried fish. We also gave our readers a few pointers in reference to the selection process when it comes to choosing fish from your local supermarket. Likewise, we offered up some wisdom with regards to storage. Generally speaking, however, the rule of thumb unsurprisingly remains that you should always try to cook your fish before freezing it if you are interested in extracting the best flavor possible. As you have found your way to this seafood restaurant blog, we can only assume you fit that description!

In today’s post, we’d like to run with the preparation-tip theme. This time we’ll discuss some of the ways in which you can choose and select crab. But before we dive right in, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out a few of our most popular crab dishes right here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill! With locations in Jensen Beach, Stuart, Lake Worth, Lauderdale by the Sea, Sebastian, Singer Island, and Vero Beach, we’ve got you covered with outstanding seafood restaurants nearby up and down the Southeast Florida coast.

  • Crab & Sausage Omelet – Lump Crab Meat, Sausage & Cheddar Cheese
  • Crab Benedict – Filled with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
  • Calypso Crab Cake – One jumbo lump crab cake topped with Key West Hollandaise.
  • Key West Crab Cakes – Two of our Homemade lump crab cakes with Hollandaise Sauce
  • King Crab Legs – A King of a meal with 1 lb Alaskan Red King Crab Legs

As you can tell, we’ve got breakfast items, appetizers, and entrees that feature crab for you to choose from. Each offers something a bit different in terms of inspiration and note, but if we were forced to choose a favorite, we’d have to go with the King Crab Legs. But seeing as you aren’t always going to be able to come see us at Mulligan’s for your crab-fix, we thought we’d share with you some of our industry-knowledge so that you can stay in but still eat some flavorful crab in the comfort of your own home. Keep reading if you are interested in some tips as to how to clean and prepare crab!

Let’s Start With The Selection Process

There are two primary categories of crab meat – picked and whole. Sub-categories of crab meat include lump (as you may have noticed above), which is essentially picked crab, flake, meaning smaller pieces of crab meat, and claw, signifying pieces of meat found in the claw as the name suggests.  

Whole crab meat is sometimes alive, and whenever it’s possible, it’s best to select crab that is still alive for optimal freshness. This isn’t always a realistic possibility, as certain crab are only available during certain times of the year. When choosing a live crab from a market, look for those that have a salty aroma, are alert. It’s best to avoid crabs that smell fishy, look near death, and/or are opaque as opposed to translucent (specifically in regards to soft-shell crabs, we should warrant).

Beyond those general pointers, you should also take notice as to where the crabs are being kept. For example, crabs that are stored in water tanks have to use more energy to survive, and will therefore be less healthy and closer to death than otherwise. If you are in a particularly thorough mood, you can check the crab’s belly for firmness (the more firm the better), in addition to closely inspecting the crab’s claws. Find a crab with well-used claws that have their fair share of battle scars. That means your claw is likely full-grown. That means more delicious meat!

Pre-Dressing Tips

It’s a good idea to keep the following things in mind before you go buy a crab without any of the requisite kitchen tools to make this project easier, and perhaps, possible.

  • Paper towels
  • Tea towels
  • Chopping board
  • Bowls for the brown and white meat
  • A sharp and solid kitchen knife

Make sure you wipe down all the surfaces you used when you are done. Likewise, ensure that your crab is chilled before you prepare. Crab meat can spoil very quickly.

Picking The Meat

Once you’ve selected your perfect crab (or 5!), it’s time to prepare them. Let’s take a step-by-step look at our recommended crab picking technique.

  • Turn the crab so it is facing you, head on.
  • Turn it over and look at its belly
  • Wedge your knife, or your fingers, if you are in something of a savage mood, under the triangle-shaped flap. Pull that sucker back.
  • Pull out the top shell now that you’ve gained some leverage. At this point, you have a decision to make. You can either throw away the top shell and its contents (liver and other organs), or you can set it aside to consume at a later point. Some people like eating the innards, but most find it a barbaric practice. We don’t discriminate here at Mulligan’s. You do you. Whichever route you elect to go with, make sure you remove the stomach sac and hard membranes inside the shell in addition to removing the “dead man’s fingers” (spongy gills).
  • Grab a spoon, roughly the size of a teaspoon to scoop out the delightful, brown meat found. Place it into a bowl and then mash it gently with a fork.  
  • At this point, with the belly still up, slice your crab lengthwise. Or crack it with your hands if the mood strikes.
  • Snap off the legs and claws. If your crab is fresh, it should be a sinch.
  • Crack into the claws. We recommend using a nutcracker for this activity. But, if you’ve been going the savage route of using your hands the entire time, why stop now? Fair warning – it might be a bit of a challenge. Either way, don’t ignore the delicious meat inside the claws. There’s plenty of it and it is certifiably yummy.
  • Congrats, you just broke down your very first crab. You are ready to prepare crab for eating!

Come See Us At Mulligan’s Soon!

If you are looking for a Vero Beach seafood restaurant, a Lake Worth Restaurant, or a Jensen Beach fish restaurant, we’ve got you covered at Mulligan’s. We are a family-friendly, tropical themed restaurant with a staff full of welcoming, fun folks who love being part of what we are doing here at Mulligan’s! We are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year. We have a Mulligan’s family night every Thursday night from 5-8 pm where kids eat free! (One child per adult entree with the purchase of child beverage). Every day from 9-10 am to we have a Sunrise Happy Hour, where you can get any breakfast cocktail, all liquor, wine, and beer for ½ off! Every day, we have our regular Happy Hour from 3-6 pm where you can get all specialty cocktails, liquor, wine & beer ½ off as well. Finally, we also offer a Last Call Happy Hour with the same deal.

We also offer various private dining options and VIP Locals Card in case you are like the many people who make eating at Mulligan’s a regular event! Whether you are a local or just a guest passing through the area, we’d love to see you for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. View our menu or get in the car and come see us right now!

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 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!

Mulligan’s Reviews: Why Tourists And Locals Agree!

Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill is an ideal local seafood choice for families. We are known as a family restaurant that offers a wide variety of menu items that everyone can enjoy. Even if you aren’t a seafood fan per se, you’ll find our menu is stocked with unique selections. Whether you are interested in seeing us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we’ve got the kid-friendly restaurant-atmosphere locals and even tourists come to see us for.

Don’t get us wrong now. We aren’t trying to brand ourselves as the Chuck-E-Cheese of the Southeast or anything like it. No matter if you are a family, looking to host a private corporate event, or are just looking for a spot with a killer happy hour and friendly staff, we’ve got you covered. With Mulligan’s locations in Stuart, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, we are proud to be one of the top local seafood restaurants in eastern Florida.

But rather than simply toot our own horn for the entirety of today’s post, we figured we might utilize a more effective way to convince you that we are worth a try by letting folks who have already experienced our deliciousness make the case for us! Of course, the best way would be for you to drop what you are doing and come get some delicious local seafood (or landfood, mind you). But, in the case that some of our readers like to do their due-diligence before shelling out their hard-earned cash on some local seafood, read on to find out what both tourist and locals are saying about Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill!

“Wonderful Restaurant Right On The Beach”

“Wonderful restaurant right on the beach. We sat outside and the weather was amazing. Staff was very helpful and friendly.  Great food. I had the fish tacos and they were amazing. Long island iced teas were good and strong too. There were fire jugglers on the beach as well. Highly recommended this restaurant to anyone visiting Vero Beach.” – Becca M., Local Guide, Five Stars, Google Reviews, Vero Beach Restaurant Location.

We like your style, Becca. Going for the fish tacos right off the bat lets us know you are worthy of your “Local Guide” title, as they are an excellent choice! We are also glad you mentioned one of our cocktail selections. Our Happy Hour is great if you are looking for great tasting and inexpensive adult beverages. Plus, we aren’t skimpy on the alcohol distribution, either. We think it’s safe to say we can all agree that that is an essential element of any restaurant happy hour. Finally, Becca was kind enough to take the time to tell us and others about how much she appreciated the atmosphere. Being right on the beach is no small thing, whether you are a tourist or a native Floridian! Thanks again, Becca, for your kind words and business!

“Great Food, Friendly Staff. Amazing Experience Right Next To The Ocean”

We have visited this restaurant twice in the last month and absolutely love it! Tonight I had the monster fish and chips and it was the best I’ve had outside of the UK. I also loved their Firecracker Shrimp Tacos! We live locally in the area and have put this restaurant on our top three places to eat. Great atmosphere right next to the ocean with relaxing sounds of the waves. Great food, friendly staff. Amazing experience and my absolute favorite part is the happy hour special anytime a football game is on! $3 for a beer for 21 ounces cannot be beat. We will return many more times! Seth Barber, Five Stars, Google Reviews, Vero Beach Restaurant Location.

If you aren’t gonna try the fish tacos, the Firecracker Shrimp Tacos are a safe bet to leave you quite satisfied as well. In this case, Seth tried the Monster Fish and Chips. When you get the kind of praise that puts it on (or at least just below) the level of authentic British fish and chips, you know you are on the right track. Take our variety of delicious choices and combine it with our tranquil oceanside atmosphere, a high-quality, attentive staff, and inexpensive prices, and you’ve got yourself a winning formula! We appreciate your words, business, and five stars, Seth. Thanks for taking the time!

“My Son Cleaned His Plate Along With Some Of Mine!”

If I’m not mistaken our waiter’s name was Erica. She was awesome. She did her job without being over the top. We had just had a bad experience from their neighbor and decided to take our business here. My son cleaned his plate along with some of mine! Good Job!” Latrice Walker, Five Stars, Google Reviews, Lake Worth Restaurant Location.

Thanks for your five-star review, and your business, Latrice. We value these reviews because it gives a chance to brag about ourselves without having to toot our own horn too much. But we also think they are important to mention because so much of the world gets their information from the internet and review sites like Google, Yelp, Urban Spoon, and the like. When we see reviews like the one above provided by Latrice, it just makes us smile because it reminds us why we are in the service industry in the first place. We were able to give Latrice and her son a great night together. When someone takes the time out of their busy day to let a business know they were pleased (in addition to giving us your money in the first place), it’s a sign we are doing something right!

“I Really Enjoyed The Atmosphere”

I really enjoyed the atmosphere it was Street side outside seating but still nice. This place is very casual and good for a light lunch. You can view the water if you bend your neck to see it. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. There was a wide variety of selections from the menu. I had the fried fish sampler which was OK however everything tasted the same because it was all done in the same batter. I really liked the huge oversized bench outside great spot to take a picture.” Cindy Marvelous, Local Guide, Five Stars, Google Reviews, Jensen Beach Restaurant Location.

We love this five-star review provided to us by Cindy Marvelous, a Local Guide in the Jensen Beach area, because it touches on a range of qualities we’ve worked hard to cultivate at our Jensen Beach seafood restaurant. Firstly, Cindy mentions that she was seated street side. Sometimes being right next to the street can have its benefits; you are able to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city and the people who are coming and going. People watching is a highly underrated hobby, in our opinion.

Cindy also noted the variety on the menu, which we have also touched on above. And, Cindy, we appreciate your constructive feedback when it comes to the Fried Fish Sampler having been too single-note because of the batter. We are always looking to improve, and by no means do we claim to be perfect! Finally, Cindy noted the massive bench outside our Jensen Beach Seafood restaurant location, which many people find as an ideal spot for that “photo op”.

Come See Us Soon!

Whether you come to Jensen Beach, Stuart, Sebastian, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Vero Beach, or our Lake Worth location, we believe your time and money will be well spent. From top to bottom at our local seafood restaurants, we’ve worked hard to create a friendly atmosphere where anyone can come and find themselves a good time and a delicious meal. Whether you are a local or a tourist just passing through, come see us at our restaurant in Vero Beach (or others) soon, and make sure you try those dang good fish tacos!

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.

Top Beach Restaurants: Fun Florida Facts!

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We have something of a mini-series on our hands here, folks. In our previous two posts, we focused on fun facts about fish and seafood as well as little-known facts about Florida. This first post was a bit long and the second was a bit shorter in length. In all honesty, we didn’t get our fix regarding fun, wild, and crazy facts about Florida. With that in mind, today’s post is going to continue our trend of relaying somewhat random factoids about our beautiful home state. It’s just too fun, we can’t help ourselves!

Mulligan’s Beach House And Grill is a family restaurant with locations in Jensen Beach, Stuart, Lake Worth, Lauderdale by the Sea, Vero Beach, and Sebastian. We are also thrilled to announce that Mulligan’s will be opening a new restaurant location on Singer Island in 2018. With family nights, a full menu of much more than just seafood, and happy hour specials to boot, we represent a great option for folks looking for beach restaurants with high-quality food and a unique atmosphere. Before we get going on today’s promised topic, we’d also like to inform you about our Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill VIP Locals Card. If you sign up now you can save 10 percent on your next meal! And even if you aren’t planning on hosting a corporate event or a birthday party at Mulligan’s 10 percent is nothing to turn your nose up at. Browse our Sauce & Seasoning, Souvenir Glassware, Mulligan’s Wear, Holiday Apparel, and Mulligan’s Gift Cards by visiting our store here. Oh, and while we are talking about it, we should mention that if you purchase a $100 gift card from us, you’ll receive a $20 bonus card. This offer only lasts until Christmas though, so get on it while you can! If you ask us, this would be a great gift idea. Why? Not only does the gift-receiver you have in mind get the chance to have a fantastic experience at any Mulligan’s, but you don’t even need to tell them about the $20 card you got for free. We’ll keep that secret between us, and nobody will be the wiser!

Interesting And Crazy Florida Facts

Whether you are a true native Floridian or are visiting someone and just happen to be looking for “seafood restaurants near me” on your smartphone, we hope that you find these tidbits as interesting as we did. Maybe you can even read some of them aloud while you are chowing down on some Calypso Crab Cake or Sesame Tuna. Yum! Okay, we should probably get to the facts. Can you tell we are hungry for seafood?

  • You know those famous Florida flamingos? They get their pinkish hue from eating shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the more pink they become. We wonder if that’s the case with humans, too. There’s only one way to find out…
  • A man by the name of Stephen Foster wrote our state’s song, “Old Folks at Home”, also called “Swanee River”.  Known as a minstrel song, Foster never actually saw the Suwannee River which was addressed in the tune. He chose the river for the fact that it flowed well with the rest of the tune. And no, the aforementioned “old folks” isn’t an homage to our sizable elderly community. In actual fact it references Foster’s nostalgia for his hypothetical upbringing along the Suwannee River. A final fun fact about this song is that Foster’s original lyrics were expurgated in 2008 due to their offensive content.
  • The Florida Everglades are home to 36 threatened or endangered species. The Everglades have over 350 species of birds and 300 species of fish living within the 1.5 million acres that comprises the region.
  • If you go visit the Everglades, keep in mind a few things. First, bring your mosquito repellant. Although it isn’t very fun for humans who are visiting to experience, mosquitos play an integral role in the Everglade’s ecosystem. Mosquito larva serves as food for hundreds of fish that wouldn’t call Florida their home otherwise. The second warning is to look out for Sawgrass plants. They grow up to six feet in height and can be so sharp that they can cut through clothing! Yikes.
  • Our final fun fact(s) about the Everglades is that it is the only place in the world where crocs and gators coexist. Oh, and lest we forget, one out of every three Floridians get there water from the Everglades.
  • The Florida Keys are remarkable biodiverse. The coral reefs coupled with natural forests make it home to myriad species.
  • One of those species is the Loggerhead turtle. Interestingly enough, there is nowhere in the country that has more turtle nesting areas than the Florida Keys.
  • If you are into pirates and shipwrecks, the Upper Keys have some awesome historical shipwrecks which you can check out on your trip to Florida. Choose from WWII freighters to much older Spanish ships.
  • The Spanish were the first Europeans to discover the Florida Keys. Because of their twisted layout, the Spanish explorers named the archipelago “Los Martires”, which translates to “the martyrs”.
  • In 1812, the entire modern state of Florida, including the Keys, officially became part of the United States of America.

  • Although Key West is technically the southernmost point within the continental U.S., Hawaii is further south than any part of Florida.
  • Shifting gears, Gatorade was named after the University of Florida Gators, which was where the cutting-edge hydrating beverage was first formulated.
  • The Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola hosts a curious annual event. The Mullet Toss involves thousands of Florida locals standing at the Florida-Alabama state line where they throw dead fish into Alabama. As founders of some of the top seafood restaurants around, we think there are much better uses for fish than this.
  • No matter where you are in the state of Florida, you are guaranteed to be more than 60 miles away from an ocean. That’s part of what makes this state so dang great.
  • Unmarried women are not legally allowed to parachute on Sundays in Florida. We can’t say that this is part of what makes this state so dang great. But it is strange.
  • In the same vein as the above fact, it’s illegal for anyone to sing in public while wearing swim trunks. It’s also illegal to skateboard without a license within Florida. What’s more, women can be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can salon owners for the same occurrence.
  • Don’t try to get away with parking your elephant for free in public within our great state. You have to pay the parking free just like you would with an automobile, according to state law.
  • Here’s a couple of state laws that make slightly more sense. It’s illegal to sell your children in Florida. Also, Florida highway patrol officers who are adjudged to be 15 lbs overweight will lose their bonuses.

Come See Us At Mulligan’s!

If you are looking for a local waterfront restaurant that has incredible views and great seafood, you’ve just got to come see us at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. We’ve got a wide variety of seafood, landfood, cocktails, appetizers, breakfast dishes, select sandwiches, and much more. Come see us at Mulligan’s, we’d love to host you this December!

Family Restaurants Near Me: Little-Known Facts About Florida

In our previous post, we highlighted some little-known facts about seafood and sea life in general. These fun facts you can share with your friends ranged from tidbits about slime eels producing an uncomfortable amount of mucous when triggered to some economic statistics about fish consumption worldwide. And in that same little-known facts spirit, we thought we would carry on with that theme, albeit with a different category to explore.

Today, we will examine some surprising, interesting, and downright weird facts about Florida. After all, we are a family restaurant chain in Florida; we are true native Floridians who started Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill with the purpose of providing a fantastic, kid-friendly, beach restaurant that delivers quality food in addition to a great dining experience. The next time you go to search “family restaurants near me”, hopefully we will show up in your search results. But why don’t you just save yourself some trouble and come to a Family Night at Mulligan’s at any one of our six locations in Southeastern Florida? With seafood restaurants in Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Stuart, and Lauderdale by the Sea, we are likely to have a beautiful tropical restaurant location within driving distance. Whether you are a local looking to try something new or a tourist just passing through, we’ve got culinary delights made just for you! We didn’t intend that to sound like a nursery rhyme, but it ended up doing so. At any rate, the point remains true. Come visit our “family restaurant near me” soon!

But for now, we digress about Mulligan’s. Let’s get to the promised topic, little-known facts about Florida!

Fast Florida Facts

  • Florida is bigger than you might think. In fact, it’s over 15,000 square miles bigger than England.
  • If you run a state-funded daycare center, you are legally obligated to play classical music for your children. A 1998 Florida law requires it. Then state senator Bill Turner said, “I want all the kids in the state of Florida to be the best and brightest.” And although his rather rudimentary hypothesis has been falsified, the law remains. There’s some governmental efficiency for ya!
  • Florida is also the only state (that we know of) with two rivers that have the exact same name. The Withlacoochee River(s) exist in Madison County and in Central Florida. Of course, these rivers were named in the days prior to the internet (remember those?), so it might just be down to random chance that the rivers were coincidentally given the same name. Another theory is that, in early Florida days, there was one person tasked with coming up with the names of every Florida river. Given the scope of such a task, it’s plausible that such a public servant could have made a mistake and used the same name twice. Sadly, we will never know the real reason…
  • Florida, or at least, its waters, are home to a “space station of the sea”. This is an underwater, permanent lab just 3.5 miles away from the Florida Keys. We don’t recommend looking into becoming a researcher there if you aren’t keen on small spaces.
  • Florida is home to over 700 rhesus monkeys. These monkeys are not to be trifled with, either. This isn’t because they are particularly aggressive, but it more has to do with that many of them are said to have herpes-B. An infected, wild monkey could easily infect you. And that won’t bode well for anyone. In fact, it’s quite possible you’d die. So just stay away.
  • 66 million humans took a visit to Orlando. That is more than any other city in the world. And between Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, great nightlife, shopping, and golfing, it’s pretty easy to see why.

  • Florida is now home to a not-so-fun kind of slug: the giant African land snail. These snails can carry a parasitic rat lungworm. If this parasite is somehow transmitted to humans, it can lead to contracting meningitis, which isn’t fun. How did they get to our beautiful sunshine state? People who practice Ifa Orisha, a cult originating from Africa, are instructed to drink “juice” from the snail. Seeing as how good Florida parents are said to teach their kids two main lessons before all else (don’t join cults, and don’t drink snail juice), we are somewhat surprised to hear of how this practice has caught on. The good news is that the state is currently doing their best to eliminate the snails.
  • Before the recent boom of tourism, the biggest industries in Central Florida were citrus, cattle, and cotton.
  • The original rides at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando included Pirates of the Caribbean, the Mark Twain Riverboat, It’s a Small World, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Tea Party, the Country Bear Jamboree, and the Carousel of Progress. Amazingly, all of these rides are still around today!

A Local Family Restaurant

While we offer fun for people of all ages (ask about our private dining events and happy hour specials), we hang our hat on being a family fun restaurant with a great atmosphere. With a world-class, friendly staff that is there to make sure you are having a blast, the excellent food is just the cherry on top. So whether you are looking for Jensen beach restaurants, Vero Beach seafood restaurants, or Lake Worth restaurants, we’ve got you covered at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. Come see us soon!

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.