Signs You’ve Found A Great Local Seafood Restaurant

Signs You’ve Found A Great Local Seafood Restaurant

Finding a high-quality “seafood restaurant near me,” as the kids are searching on their smartphones these days, can be a difficult enterprise. Whether you are a local who is trying to find a new place for your weekly seafood meal (a bare minimum for us seafood lovers) or you are a weary traveler passing through southeastern Florida and you are in need of some authentic Florida seafood, this blog post should treat you well.

In posts of the recent past, we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight what sets us apart as a local seafood restaurant. We encourage you to go back and read a few of these posts when you get the chance, but the long and short of it is that Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill combines excellent local flair and cuisine with picturesque waterfront atmospheres. Sprinkle in some Florida-famous hospitality (and a wonderful cocktail menu) and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a fantastic night. Whether that’s in Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Lake Worth, or another one of our Mulligan’s locations, is up to you!

Keep reading if you are interested in gleaning a few tips from us at Mulligan’s about determining if a seafood restaurant you have in mind is indeed worth their salt. Given that we are an authority on the topic (since we are, indeed, worth our salt), you might as well take it from us!

Online Reputation

Let’s start with a decidedly 21st-century approach: finding a restaurant through online reviews. Whether you are looking on Urbanspoon, Google Reviews, or Yelp, it’s never a bad idea to take a look at a restaurant’s ratings. While these reviews are not the end-all-be-all in terms of parsing a restaurant’s value, it can quickly show you if there is a glaring “red flag” worth knowing about.

To be clear, it’s impossible to please every customer each night, so we wouldn’t recommend assuming the handful of subpar reviews is worth trusting over a body of evidence that suggests otherwise. Sometimes, folks are just looking for something to complain about. On the other hand, if a restaurant’s profile has a healthy number of positive reviews, it is a good sign you might be inclined to be the next provider of a glowing testimonial!

Attention To Detail

This point might be a bit difficult to utilize until you have been to the restaurant in question itself, but a decided attention to detail is a tell-tale sign the restaurant in mind is of a high order. From the way you are greeted at the front-of-house to the manner in which your server interacts with you, good restaurants separate themselves from the pack by having a staff that truly cares about how they represent the owners of the establishment. Here are a few more things to look for regarding attention to detail:

  • Your water glass never gets empty all night
  • Your food arrives hot and in unison (so that no one has to wait and let their food get cold)
  • The restroom and lobby are well-maintained and sanitary
  • The staff is friendly and professional
  • Your server is knowledgeable about the menu and is able to recommend pairings
  • All silverware and plates are spotless
  • Your plates are cleared as soon as you have finished eating
  • It’s not so loud (due to the proximity of other guests, music, or both) that you can’t converse comfortably

The Music Selection

We touched on it just above, but we can’t help but dissect this point a bit more. Not only does the music need to be audible enough that it’s able to be heard if a guest puts their mind to it, but it also needs to match the mood of the entire establishment’s ambiance. To the first point, a restaurant’s music can’t be so quiet that you only hear certain frequencies or notes; that will drive half of us half-crazy. To the second point, it’s important that your music matches the tone of your food and environment. Indeed, you could even argue that a restaurant’s music is the glue between the setting and the food.

At Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, we do our best to make sure the atmosphere fits in perfectly with the fun, family-friendly vibe here at our many southeastern Florida seafood restaurant locations. The music isn’t too loud, the tables aren’t too close together, and the staff is friendly, professional, and always on guard to take your plate and fill up a half-empty water glass!

Come See Us Soon!

At the end of the day, the little things add up to determine whether you simply had a good-tasting meal or you’ve had one of the best dining experiences in recent memory. When you offer up your hard-earned tender to an establishment, you should be treated well. When you come to Mulligan’s, you are sure to have a good time. Our Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, and Lake Worth seafood restaurant locations are staffed with happy, seasoned servers who are happy to help you select one of our delicious landfood or seafood dishes.

Whether you are passing through Florida or you are a local, we’d love to have you come on in through our doors so we can show you what a great seafood dining experience can be like. We are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the year! We have a great family night just like we have a fantastic happy hour. Come and see us at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill soon!

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Highlighting Our Local Seafood Restaurant’s Banquet Menu

Highlighting Our Local Seafood Restaurant’s Banquet Menu
November 20, 2018

In our last post, we took the opportunity to highlight a range of little-known facts about our locally-owned southeast Florida chain of seafood restaurants. Among the facts we highlighted was our dedication to giving back to our community by helping a variety of organizations. We also showcased our private event flexibility alongside our VIP program, the latter of which gives you 10 percent off each and every meal you have at Mulligan’s, among a few other VIP benefits!

While writing that blog post, we realized we hadn’t taken the chance to explain our banquet menu options. With eight different locations (and another on the way), we often host a broad range of private events, from birthday parties to corporate events to family reunions! Whether your event is casual or elegant, we want you to know that we have a special Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill Banquet Menu which is available at our Singer Island, Lake Worth, Lauderdale By The Sea, Sebastian, Stuart, and Jensen Beach restaurants.

Today’s post is all about highlighting what makes this menu so special. By the end of it, we hope there will be no doubt left in your mind about where you should hold your next banquet!

Breakfast

Let’s start with perhaps the most important thing in the world: breakfast. You can choose from a Continental Express, Sunrise Continental, Beach House Traditional, and Rise & Shine Breakfast choice. If you are really feeling like going for it (and we recommend that you do have such feelings), you can go with our Custom Breakfast, which allows you to select five of the following items:

  • Breakfast Platter
  • Stuffed French Toast
  • Western Omelet
  • Steak N Egg Bagel
  • Steak N Egg
  • Cakes N Eggs
  • Classic Benedict
  • Red Eye Burger
  • Fruity Waffle
  • Breakfast Burrito

Of course, there is also the Beach House Supreme, lest we forget. This ultimate option allows each guest to enjoy tender sirloin steak, two eggs, home fries, fruit, breakfast bread, plus a mimosa or a Beach House Bloody Mary! Keep in mind that all breakfast options include coffee, fruit juice, tea, or soda (so fear not!).

Lunch

Our lunch choices are available until 3 pm daily, with the Beach House Luncheon and Luncheon Deluxe being our more conservative choices, although we should point out that they include exquisite options like our Baja Fish Tacos, Texas Burger, and Fried Fish Sandwich. Our Custom Lunch also allows you to select five of the following items:

  • Salmon Summer Salad
  • Lobster Roll
  • Philly Cheese Steak
  • Texas Burger
  • Meat Lovers Pizza/Flatbread
  • Asian Dragon Salad
  • Baja Fish/Chicken Tacos
  • Fresh Mahi Sandwich
  • Mully Melt
  • Fried Fish Sandwich

For the kiddos under 10, we offer the Beach House Kids lunch option, which features a choice of cheeseburger, chicken fingers, pasta, grilled cheese, or macaroni and cheese that comes with French Fries!

Dinner

Let’s talk about dinner. We offer three distinct packages:

  • Paradise Package: T-Bone Steak, Lobster Tail, Crab Legs, all served with our chef’s choice of starch and vegetable.
  • Hibiscus Package – T-bone Steak, Blacked Seared Tuna, Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Shrimp Skewers, with our chef’s choice of our starch and vegetable.
  • Orchid Package – Sirloin steak, Tropical Mahi Mahi, Mulligan’s Fried Fish, Caribbean Jerk Chicken, served with our chef’s choice of starch and vegetable.

We at Mulligan’s hope you consider us for your next private event, whether it’s formal, casual, or somewhere in between! We’d love to show you a great time while providing some truly exceptional local seafood and landfood. We also offer incredible deals on Hors D’Oeuvres, bar packages, and more! You are assured to have a wonderful time that is catered to your wishes here at Mulligan’s.

Browse the full Mulligan’s Banquet Menu and give us a call to schedule your private event at your convenience.

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Some Little Known Facts About Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill

Some Little Known Facts About Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill
November 6, 2018

Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is your go-to seafood restaurant in Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, and many other southeast Florida locations. For those of our readers who have tried our delectable seafood (and “landfood”) dishes in the past, it probably comes as no surprise that we are one of the very top choices for folks looking for “fish restaurants near me” or great “seafood near me.” Whether you happen to search for your restaurants with the “near me” suffix or otherwise, the fact of the matter is that Mulligan’s offers a wonderful array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that are simply divine! Whether you are planning on hosting a rowdy birthday party with twenty of your best friends from college, you’d like a waterfront view to go along with your world-class seafood on a classy date, or you’d just like to stop by some place where the staff are friendly and the happy hour choices are agreeable, we think you should strongly consider Mulligan’s!

Sure, we might be biased. But there’s only one way to find out if the hype matches the reality! And we are confident that once you experience the smiling faces of our staff along with our serene waterfront atmospheres (not to mention the good eats), you’ll quickly see why so many of our first-time guests become long-time Mulligan’s regulars.

Mulligan’s Beach House Little-Known Facts

Rather than try to convince you to come to one of our Mulligan’s locations for the entirety of this blog post, we had best leave it at that. We’d like to spend the rest of our time highlighting some little-known facts about Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. While most people know we are a high-quality, locally owned seafood restaurant that offers waterfront atmospheres and more, most don’t realize we have a wide variety of qualities that make us a unique entity within our Florida community. From everyday 9am-10am happy hours to a range of community service efforts, we are thrilled to be able to share with you what we have going on!

Who We Are

Let’s start with a brief rundown of our history here at Mulligan’s. Founded in 1997 by George Hart, Mulligan’s offers eight full-service, family-oriented seafood restaurants throughout Florida — in Sebastian, Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Stuart, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Singer Island! We are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 365 days a year. We are owned by true native Floridians, as George hart happens to have over 30+ years of experience in the restaurant industry. Recently, we’ve been lucky enough to add JPB Capital Partners as an investor and partner. We are thrilled to see the kind of positive changes and expansion this relationship affords us — all the while ensuring that we don’t lose sight of our mission from the start, which is to provide the good people of Florida with a world-class seafood dining experience.

Private Dining

We’ve touched on our exquisite atmosphere a bit in the above paragraphs, but let’s get specific: each of our restaurant locations offers waterfront views but the views found at our locations in Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth seafood restaurants are truly spectacular. With surreal ocean views, deep blue skies, and tropical settings as the framework, we offer private dining events that range in nature from elegant to casual.

We are versatile and flexible when it comes to accommodating requests as well, with our ability to host an indoor event in our private beachside banquet rooms, create a special outdoor event in our backyard beachside, or host an event in our waterfront patio setting — depending on the location we are discussing. Here are a few of our personal favorites:

  • Vero Beach – Our Vero Beach seafood restaurant offers a private oceanfront room that can hold right on up to 40 guests.
  • Jensen Beach – Our Jensen Beach Mulligan’s location doesn’t offer a private room, but we can accommodate 25-30 guests in the main dining area if you so wish!
  • Lake Worth – Our Lake Worth seafood restaurant location has two different outdoor private areas to offer! With a north side patio that comfortably holds 40 guests and an adjacent patio that holds 35, we are confident that you’ll have a wonderful time no matter which of our locations you choose!

Contact Alison Watson at 772.600.7377 or alison.w@mulligansbeachhouse.com if you have any questions or are ready to schedule!

Also, make sure you keep an eye open for our next post, in which we take the opportunity to highlight our Banquet Menu. Trust us when we say it’s one you will read at your own risk, since you’ll probably feel inclined to schedule a banquet with us right away after you get a load of the delicious menu items we have on offer!

Doin’ Good In The Neighborhood

We are proud to be able to report that we’ve donated a grand total of over $310,000 in our existence here at Mulligan’s. We are passionate about being part of the community we serve — beyond simply being the go-to “fish restaurant” around. Here is a list of all the organizations in which we are involved:

  • 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 Childrens Foundation
  • Feed The Children
  • Girls On The Run
  • HALO No Kill Rescue
  • Hibiscus Cheldrens 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

If you’d like to make a donation request, we’d love to hear from you. We do our best to provide assistance to as many local organizations as we can, although we must admit we are not able to support each and every request we receive. Typically, we will be able to get back to you within 7-10 business days regarding your request, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

VIP Locals Club Members

Shifting gears a bit, we’d like to highlight our VIP Locals Club Member benefits! When you become a VIP, you’ll receive 10 percent off your meal. On Tuesdays, you’ll get your second entree ½ off after buying your first one! Plus, you’ll get FREE firecracker shrimp when you sign up for our VIP program online!

The benefits don’t stop there, folks. You’ll also receive emails with special coupons throughout the year! Whether you come and see us at our Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, or one of our other Mulligan’s locations, you can save money while getting deals on your favorite menu items! That’s a win-win in our book.

Mulligan’s Events

We’d like to leave you by highlighting our November series of events we have lined up. We are thrilled to bring you live music, with other nearby events being worth mentioning as well. From B & A Flea Market Saturday & Sunday in Stuart, a farmer’s market in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, or even Evening on the Avenue in Lake Worth, there is plenty to like about combining a Mulligan’s dining experience with some local culture!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look into what we have to offer outside the scope of our food & drink here at Mulligan’s. Please come visit us soon!

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Crafting The Perfect Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill Meal For You And Yours, Part Two

Crafting The Perfect Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill Meal For You And Yours, Part Two
October 17, 2018

Welcome to part two of this two-part series in which we discuss how you can craft the perfect Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill meal for you and yours, as the title no doubt gave away. In part one, we took the opportunity to highlight a few of our favorite seafood and landfood dishes that we offer on our menu. Whether you come to see us in Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, or any one of our other locations, we’ve got you covered with a wide variety of delicious menu choices that you and the whole family are sure to find something you’ll enjoy. That’s what makes us one of the most popular seafood restaurants in all of Eastern Florida!

Now, we don’t feel like wasting any more time with pleasantries, so let’s dive in, picking up where we left off in highlighting some exceptionally yummy entrees you can find right here at Mulligan’s.

Crafting The Perfect Mulligan’s Meal

We said in our first post and we’ll say it here: We aren’t going to be able to help you whittle your options down to just one choice. Ultimately, that’s too difficult for us, seeing as how we are big fans of everything we have to offer (otherwise, we simply wouldn’t offer it!).

  • Beach House Surf n’ Turf – Get the best of both worlds with our tender and perfectly seasoned 10 oz sirloin steak coupled with the skewer of jumbo blackened shrimp. Feel free to add mashed potatoes, Caribbean rice, or fries for a splendid and complete meal.
  • In terms of fresh seafood, it doesn’t get much better than our two grouper options. First up, with have the Crabby Grouper, which features our grouper filet topped with lobster sauce and is paired with a crab cake that’s pretty much to die for. Our Island Grouper is fresh-caught Florida Grouper that can come blackened or grilled. It’s topped with a unique pineapple salsa we think you’ll love.
  • Key West Crab Cakes – Get two of our homemade lump crab cakes with HOllandaise sauce that is to die for. We add the perfect proportions of lemon juice, egg yolk, butter, salt, and other spices.
  • If you are in the mood for crab legs, we’ve also got you covered with our King Crab Legs. This is a meal for folks with a healthy appetite, as it features 1 lb. of Alaskan Red King Crab legs that are well worth the opening/cracking procedure!
  • Cajun Shrimp Pasta – It’s simple, and it’s glorious. Get tender shrimp in a sauce with a kick.
  • Linguini & Clams – Our tender Northern Middleneck clams are masterfully cooked and come in a white wine garlic sauce. It too, is glorious, and well worth it.

In terms of drinks, we have a selection of autumnal adult beverages we’d like to briefly mention. There’s the Cranberry Margarita, the Cran Apple Mojito, and the Drunkin’ Pumpkin, which features White chocolate Liqueur, Pumpkin, cream, and Pinnacle Vanilla Vodka. It’s even rimmed with graham crackers! Make sure you check out our entire fall drink selection when you browse our menu for yourself.

Stop by and see us soon!

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Crafting The Perfect Mulligan’s Meal, Part One

Crafting The Perfect Mulligan’s Meal, Part One

First thing’s first: We are thrilled to announce a new Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill location coming in early 2019 to Indian Harbour and Melbourne! Mulligan’s a top-rated, full-service seafood restaurant with locations in Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Lake Worth, and beyond, is the choice of locals and tourists alike — and for good reason. With incredible waterfront views, a fun and family-friendly atmosphere, and incredible menu choices that feature tasty seafood (and “landfood”) items, Mulligan’s is the perfect place to enjoy the company of your friends while indulging in some deliciousness.

We are true native Floridians as well, which means anyone who walks through our doors can trust that we understand what great seafood and what a great restaurant experience should be like. We use the freshest of ingredients, are committed to exceptional customer service, and all the while we focus on the little details to make sure our patrons have a fantastic experience at Mulligan’s.

Crafting The Perfect Seafood Meal

Now, we might be severely biased when it comes to crafting the perfect seafood meal, but we are of the opinion that Mulligan’s is a great place to come get a great meal whether you are taking your loved one out for a date, having a birthday party with your friends and family, or simply want to catch a happy hour while taking in a glorious waterfront view. Below, we take the time to highlight some of our favorite menu items that happen to also be extremely popular amongst our regulars. If you are looking for some suggestions on what to get the next time you pop into our local seafood restaurant, by all means keep reading!

  • Firecracker Shrimp – Let’s start with a special we have on offer right now — who doesn’t love fresh-caught shrimp? If you are a fan of good things, these firecracker shrimp bring a perfect blend of heat and general scrumptiousness. Perfectly seasoned, not too spicy, and delicious fried breading. Nom nom.
  • In terms of breakfast, it’s tough to beat our breakfast platter, which includes two eggs cooked anyway you like, two sausage patties, two bacon strips, home fries, and toast. As you can tell, we are of the opinion that you shouldn’t have to choose between bacon and sausage, just like you shouldn’t have to choose only one of fries and toast — so we offer both!
  • Another popular breakfast item is our stuffed french toast. It features cinnamon french toast stuffed with a sweet orange cream filling served with fruit on the side. While we are talking about possibly the most delicious breakfast food ever created, we might as well tell you that we also offer Nutella banana french toast, almond cranberry french toast, and of course, traditional french toast which can be served with pineapple, strawberries, and blueberries.
  • If you are less of a french toast gal or guy and more a fan of waffles, we can certainly respect your decision, although we must admit we don’t completely understand it. Even still, you won’t be disappointed, as we offer Belgian waffles topped with powdered sugar, butter, and berries if you want them. On the more savory side, we offer a waffle sandwich melt that features scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and ham marvelously placed between two waffles. We also have chicken and waffles, which are placed on top of one large Belgian waffle. It’s all pulled together with sausage gravy, although we aren’t opposed to perking it up with some hot sauce, honey, or both!
  • Sticking with the breakfast cuisine, we have a few different sandwiches we feel compelled to highlight. Perhaps chief among them is our lox and bagel sandwich, which boasts delectable smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese. We also have a steak n’ egg bagel sammie, which includes Swiss cheese, onions, and is served on a perfectly toasted bagel. Finally, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention our red yee burger, which is thick, juicy, and comes with cheddar, bacon, and a sunny side egg on top (meaning you can pass it off as a breakfast dish if anyone gives you any trouble).
  • Moving on toward lunchtime, we’ve got a few appetizers that stand out — although it’s all good and worth trying at least once. A couple of fantastic appetizers at Mulligan’s are oh so cheesy fries, Key West conch fritters, and the calypso crab cake. Don’t forget about the seafood trio, however, which is a perfect choice for the whole family with its conch fritters, firecracker shrimp, and mahi fingers.
  • We’ve got some raw bar options for you as well, since we believe we couldn’t very well call ourselves an authentic Floridian seafood restaurant without offering steamed clams. We’ve also got a jumbo shrimp cocktail and smoked fish dip — a house recipe made with local smoked fish, tomatoes, jalapenos, and flatbread crackers!
  • On the lighter side, we’ve got some salads on offer, which include Mulligan’s cobb salad, the beach house garden or caesar, a lovely Asian dragon choice, and, our personal favorite, the chicken gorgonzola salad. Whichever you choose, we are almost sure you’re gonna like it!
  • Whether you are looking for seafood restaurants in Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, or Lake Worth, you need to come on into a Mulligan’s and try our fresh mahi sandwich. It’s served grilled, blackened, or Jerk style. No matter which way you choose, it’s fresh, it’s delicious, and it belongs in your belly.
  • Other great sandwich choices include our tuna melt, chicken in paradise (marinated chicken breast on a toasted ciabatta), or our Philly steak. The latter offers tender steak, onions, melted cheese, mushrooms, and onion rings.

Seafood

Alright, you may have noticed we haven’t really talked about the seafood dishes we have become well-known for. Well, we put an end to such preposterousness below.

  • Most rationale, eat-meating people enjoy lobster. If you count yourself among this demographic, you should come in to try our lobster melt, lobster roll, lobster taco, or our fantastically popular three-cheese lobster mac. The lobster mac and cheese features cavatappi pasta that has been folded into a three-cheese sauce with perfectly seasoned lobster meat. It’s heaven.
  • In terms of tacos, we’ve got you covered here at Mulligan’s. We do more than seafood-based tacos, but seeing as how we are highlighting our seafood dishes, we simply have to tell you about our baja fish tacos. First off, they are loaded to the brim with blackened mahi, mahi, and secondly they come with cheese, lettuce, pico, and are served with rice. Trust us, they are fantastic.
  • Everyone likes pizza, and because you are on this blog, we assume you like lobster. You can get both at the same time with our lobster pizza, which boasts tender lobster with a lobster sauce, mushrooms, spinach, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese for a balanced and challenging menu selection.
  • Let’s talk about seafood entrees, before we must say goodbye for the purposes of today’s post. We’ve got a fried fish sandwich, a fried seafood platter (with fried fish, shrimp & clams strips with fries and slaw), and a crispy tuna roll among other choices. The rule of thumb here is, you won’t be disappointed. So chow down!

Come See Us Soon!

Come see us at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, and be sure to keep an eye open for part two of this series. As you probably noticed, we didn’t get to cover our full range of menu items. Plus, we haven’t yet whittled your choices down to the point where you can feel confident about what you’ll order the next time you walk through our doors. Remember, however, that no matter what you end up going with, it will be made with fresh ingredients and the care that has become something of a Mulligan’s trademark. View our menu for yourself today!

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Why Mulligan’s Is The Best Seafood Restaurant Around Plus More Restaurant Facts!

Why Mulligan’s Is The Best Seafood Restaurant Around Plus More Restaurant Facts!
September 20, 2018

With locations in Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, and beyond, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is the place to go for first-class seafood, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a tropical, waterfront atmosphere that is tough to beat. No matter which of our locations you try, you are sure to be greeted with warm smiles, hot seafood dishes (or cold, landfood fishes, if that’s your preference), and just an all-around great time!

In today’s post, we are going to pick up where we left off in our last post. We have been having a pretty darn good time over here listing off all the facts we could find related to seafood, sea life, fish, Florida, and, in our last post, restaurants. As it turns out, the internet is a pretty interesting place at times, and when you go around hunting and pecking for a few facts to share with your loyal seafood restaurant blog readers, you can get a bit carried away!

That said, we’ll wrap up today’s post with just a few more restaurant facts that might surprise, entice, or even horrify you! Well, maybe not the last one, but we like to make it sound as exhilarating as possible, so just bear with us, please. Before we go down that road, however, we’d like to highlight a few of the reviews and testimonials we’ve received from our loyal customers here at Mulligan’s. After all, we could talk (or write) until we are blue in the face (or fingers) about how great of a seafood restaurant we’ve got here, but ultimately hearing (or reading) it from folks who were once in the same shoes you find yourself in (looking for a high-quality seafood restaurant in Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, or Lake Worth) is going to help prove our point all the moreso. Enjoy a few of our favorite recent reviews from Google’s Local Guides below!

“Would Definitely Go Again”

Didn’t take any pictures , got there 1 hour before it closed. Very nice unique ocean front tiki bar place. They had fire pits and seats facing the ocean where you can enjoy your evening or nights looking at the ocean and having drinks. The mood was great, very friendly waiter, prices for the location of the business are amazing, food was very very fresh and delicious. I had a great time with my girlfriend. Would definitely go again whenever I’m in the area.” – El Ray, Five Stars, Google Local Guide

El Ray, we like your name. We also like your glorious review, because it encapsulates our mission so well. We are thrilled you found our service and food wonderful and delicious. Please come see us again in the near future!

“Can’t Wait To Come Back”

“I couldn’t get enough of this place! They have an area set up with chairs out looking the ocean where you can put up a flag to get a drink. With happy hour until 6 pm my mother and I spent our afternoon there. Although they were busy and sometimes service took awhile for other guests our server Amy was absolutely amazing, not only prompt with us but took care of other guests we became friends with during our stay. Drinks were good and you can’t beat half priced!! We even left and came back for a late night dinner which was also a great experience.

I definitely recommend the sitting watching the ocean if you just want to enjoy some cocktails bu6the beach. What a great set up. Can’t wait to come back.” – Nichole Palmer, Five Stars, Local Guide

Nichole, we also love your name, specifically the “H.” Your review made us smile as well, especially because you came to see us twice in one day! That’s what we are talking about here! You can’t beat half-price drinks, especially when the drinks are delicious and generously poured. Thanks for your kind words and business, Nichole.

“I Love Coming Here! It’s Always So Relaxing”

“I love coming here! It’s always so relaxing and for someone that dislikes beaches in general, that says a lot. I’m never disappointed by anything I get off their menu. Today was the Asian Dragon Salad! The Firecracker Shrimp on it was delicious and had just the right amount of breading on it.” – Missa Fisk, Five Stars, Local Guide

Ahh, the legendary Firecracker Shrimp has more than a few loyalists among our regular customers. We like how you noticed the very intentional breading proportion! When you come to a place like Mulligan’s, we want you to have a uniquely great time. And we have the unique opportunity to do things our own way, seeing as how we aren’t like some of our competitors in that we aren’t serving up the exact same dishes in the exact same way all across the country. No, we aren’t a chain, so we do things our own way, and people like Missa Fisk seem to love it! Missa, you’ve got a great name too, don’t worry. Thanks for coming to see us and for your glowing review!

Some Fun Facts About Restaurants

As promised, we will leave you with one or two facts about restaurants to make your day literally as good as you’ve ever had. Well, it’s a possibility, if not a likelihood. Prepare to be amazed!

  • 60 percent of restaurant consumers say they are more likely to go to a restaurant that offers eco-friendly food.
  • The average household in the United Kingdom spends more than 15 pounds (that’s the English currency and we aren’t sure how to make the symbol for them) per week on cafes and restaurants.
  • Let’s talk about human rights, human rights and kebabs. In 2008, a German court determined that having a kebab thrown at you in a restaurant is officially “not a serious violation of human dignity and honor.” We wonder if they made a distinction between a kebab being thrown end over end, like a javelin, or spinning sideways. These things matter, folks.
  • Sometimes, when you attend a restaurant that takes itself fairly seriously, your server might pour a touch of wine in your glass to let you taste it, in order to make sure it meets your lofty standards. You probably already knew that one, though. But did you know that at a very nice restaurant, the server might pour a bit of wine in your glass, swirl it around, let it sit, and then pour it out! No, it’s not because rich people think it’s cool to be wasteful (we think), it’s because high-end places want to make sure any and all residual taste from the washing of the glass has been removed.

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Surprising And Fun Facts About Restaurants!

Surprising And Fun Facts About Restaurants!
September 5, 2018

It’s no secret we are big fans of facts. More specifically, it’s no secret we are fans of writing blogs that are fact-infused. Our Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill blog space has played host to tidbits about seafood from your local restaurant, facts about sea life by your favorite tropical restaurant, and even a Florida-fact blog back in the day. So what other kind of fact blog could we write? Well, we put our thinking caps on and the only thing that remains is a restaurant-fact blog. After all, we are a full-service seafood restaurant (mini-chain) with locations in Lake Worth, Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and beyond. We’ve covered the seafood, we’ve covered Florida, so it’s time to open our readers’ worlds to some little-known, potentially surprising facts about restaurants.

Enjoy!

Fact Number One: Mulligan’s Is The Best Seafood Restaurant Around

What, you thought we’d bother to blog about restaurants without explaining what makes our own tropical restaurant so great? Clearly, you need to read more blogs written by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill. So whether you found this blog by searching something like “restaurants in Vero Beach on the water,” “family restaurants,” or kid friendly restaurants in Vero Beach,” you’d be making a great choice in choosing Mulligan’s. We combine delicious seafood (and landfood) with wonderful waterfront views and world-class Floridian service. That’s why both locals and tourists have come to know Mulligan’s as one of the top places around to find an exceptional dining experience!

Alright, no more false starts — here are some other surprising, if not random, facts about restaurants we hope you enjoy.

  • Half of American adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives. We all certainly have!
  • ⅓ of Americans got their very first job working in a restaurant!
  • ⅔ of restaurant consumers eat a wider range of ethnic cuisines when compared with their dining habits from half a decade ago. That’s progress, folks.
  • 80 percent of consumers polled believe that going out to eat with family and/or friends is a better use of their leisure time than having to cook and clean up. We, at Mulligan’s, aren’t going to complain about that belief, but we will say there is something to be said for cooking for one another from time to time.
  • If we genuinely want to talk about social progress, and we do so we will, there has been some encouraging social growth in the restaurant-ownership world. African-American owned restaurants jumped by 49 percent between 2007 and 2012, with the percentage of Hispanic-owned restaurant businesses increasing 51 percent over that same time period!
  • The word restaurant, a French word, originally had the meaning of “restoring.” The first restaurant was founded in Paris and served broths as a means of physical healing.
  • It’s a tie between Spain and the United States of America as to who has the most restaurants within the world’s top 50. Both countries boast seven ‘straunts, if you will, on the list.
  • The world’s biggest restaurant, the Bawabet Dimashq Restaurant in Damascus, seats over 6,000 guests. We can’t even conceptualize running a place like that.
  • It was the English who coined the term “restaurant” to refer to a place of eating. Before that, people were less inspired, if not more practical, with their choice of words, calling restaurants simply “eating-houses.”
  • Fancy restaurants, as in restaurants with Michelin Stars, tend to have a different set of norms than others. For example, it’s common practice for multiple waiters to serve an entire party with the same dish at one time, so that no one has to worry about starting first. Plus, it just looks cool when they all come out together. Perhaps it’s something we’ll consider doing at Mulligan’s from time to time…
  • If your restaurant is adequately high-end, your purse or personal bag might just get its own chair, assuming there is room. Now that’s high society, folks!
  • The ability to call yourself a caviar-serving specialist takes longer than going to school to become a doctor, in many cases at least. The people who make caviar are known as Ikrjanschik (we don’t know if that’s plural or not so we are leaving it as is), and are required to undergo an apprenticeship that lasts at least a decade, if not some 15 odd years! Too bad caviar is awful. Amen.
  • While we are still talking about fine dining, Americans who are planning to go to some fancy European restaurants should be informed about cutlery norms. The table will be set properly, meaning you’ll find a series of forks to the left of your plate with some spoons and knives on the right side. An easy rule to follow is to always work from the outside in. When you are done with your cutlery, put it on the plate — never back on the table. If you do this at a nice establishment in Paris, you’ll probably either get kicked out or food poisoning. Not really, but, you do never know with those curious people.
  • Let’s get back to what we all want to talk about — social equality in the restaurant business. The percentage of women-owned restaurant business jumped 40 percent between 2007 and 2012! We at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill think that’s a pretty neat statistic.
  • The restaurant industry is supposed to add 1.7 million jobs over the next eight or nine years. We should see over 16 million restaurant jobs in the United States of America by 2026.

Come See Us At Mulligan’s Soon!

If there would be one restaurant-based fact for you to take away from today’s post, our biased opinion is that it should be that Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is the best seafood restaurant in Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth. Where else can you find a place that locals and Florida guests alike know and love? Where else can you find a place that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 365 days a year? Where else can you get a Steak n’ Egg Bagel, a Shrimp & Spinach Omelette, or a world-class Lobster Melt while watching waves roll in from the Atlantic?

Not very many other places, to our knowledge.

In our next post, we will continue with the current topic, because, guess what? We haven’t had our fill of restaurant-based facts just yet! We may never be satisfied, it’s tough to say at this point. But in all seriousness, we hope that you enjoyed today’s post. We hope that you get a hankering for some local seafood, masterfully prepared by Mulligan’s. And we hope that you come say hi, whether it’s for Family Night or for Happy Hour – or both! View our Mulligan’s Seafood Menu right here, and come see us soon!

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Facts About Sea Life By Your Favorite Tropical Restaurant!

Facts About Sea Life By Your Favorite Tropical Restaurant!
August 26, 2018

In our last post, we took the time to highlight a great number of fish facts. The most important one, and the one we hope our loyal readers remember, is that Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is the best seafood restaurant in southeastern Florida. Sure, we are biased, but we’ve been around since 1997. With tropical restaurant locations in Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, and a few other communities, we’ve become known as a place where outstanding food meets a great time and a wonderful waterfront atmosphere.

But rather than talk your ear off about what our tropical restaurant does so well, we’ll leave it to you to come and experience it for yourself. After all, we’ve got a promised blog topic to get to, so we might as well start serving up some random facts about sea life that don’t have to do with fish! Keep reading if you are interested in ascertaining some factoids to impress your aquatically inclined romantic interest, or whatever reason you might have for reading a sea life blog! We aren’t here to judge. We are here to talk about sea life, seafood, and why you should come to the best seafood restaurant around!

We digress. Here are some sea life facts.

Facts About Marine Life

  • Let’s start off with an eye-opener: 99 percent of all living space on the planet is made up of the ocean. This makes sense, when you think about it, as all other life needs to live on the land, and land is pretty much two-dimensional.
  • Penguins can swim underwater at speeds up to 25 miles per hour.
  • To lay their eggs, green turtles migrate over 1,400 miles. That’s some dedication.
  • There remains much to be learned about marine life. For example, a recent study of a deep-sea community saw the discovery of almost 900 different species from over 100 families and 12 phyla. The most remarkable thing about this is that the area studied was no more than half the size of a tennis court. Over half of these creatures were totally new to human discovery!
  • There are large giant jellyfish which have tentacles that, if there were to be outstretched, would cover over 30 yards.
  • Sea otters are cute and clever, the latter point being evidenced by the fact that they are known to stash food between rolls of skin. We’ve tried that approach, it didn’t go so well — take it from us, and leave it to the otters.
  • Certain kinds of octopus can have upwards of 2,000 suckers on its arms. Yuck.
  • Male walruses like to make a bell-like noise in order to attract mates. Again, we’ve tried it out so you don’t have to, and again, leave it to the walruses.
  • Colossal Squid do something quite amazing: they digest food with their brains. These giant squids can grow up to be 10 meters in length and can weigh over half a ton!

This post wasn’t as involved as the last one, but it’s all we have time for today! We hope you’ve gotten your fill of sea life facts, and if you are in need of getting your seafood fill, come to Mulligan’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! View our tropical restaurant menu here.

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Tidbits About Seafood From Your Local Seafood Restaurant!

Tidbits About Seafood From Your Local Seafood Restaurant!

Fish are wonderful. They are amazing to behold in their natural habitat, when you are snorkeling or scuba diving, and they are wonderful to behold in a frying pan with appropriate amounts of salt, butter, paprika, and garlic. Is that being cruel? We don’t think so! It’s just a fact of life. People have been eating seafood and fish for thousands of years, and there’s no sign of us stopping either. As long as there are seafood restaurants in Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth like Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, there will be Floridians craving some of the best seafood around.

That’s right, Mulligan’s really is one of the best seafood restaurant chains in southeastern Florida. Whether you are interested in breakfast, happy hour, family night, sandwiches, appetizers, a great atmosphere, a smiling staff, a private party, or menu items that are more akin to “landfood” than seafood, we’ve got you covered. Since 1997, Mulligan’s has been serving up delicious fish and other flavorful menu items alongside the waterfront. Folks who are looking to take a load off while chomping down on authentic Florida seafood get the chance to do exactly that here at Mulligan’s. Whether you come see us at Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, or any one of our other locations, you are sure to have an absolute blast while eating to your heart’s content!

Alright, we think we’ve made our point — we are proud of what we do and the quality of food we offer. Now it’s time to stop typing your ears off about being a top tropical restaurant, and start talking about what the title of this post claims we would. So read on if you are interested in gleaning some random facts about fish and seafood from your local seafood restaurant! They’ll come quick, they won’t be entirely organized, but if you are able to remember two or three of them, you’ll be able to impress everyone at the next cocktail party you attend by bringing up what you’ve learned in a most arbitrary and blunt fashion. We recommend waiting until everyone is quietly enjoying their dinner, and then blurting a few of these factoids out at the top of your lungs — as we have no doubt recommended in the past. Yelling fish facts is the best way to climb any social ladder. It’s just a fact of life.

Seafood And Fish Facts

  • Did you know there are more than 30,000 identified species of fish on the planet? Who knows how many unidentified species there might be left to find!
  • Fish have a unique organ that operates much like radar. The “lateral line” is a sense organ which helps them move around in the dark or in opaque water.
  • The largest known fish on record is the great whale shark, which is able to reach up to fifty feet in length!
  • Many kinds of fish have skeletons that are only made of cartilage.
  • The smallest fish in the world is the Philippine goby. When full grown, it is measured at less than ⅓ of an inch in length!
  • Fish have been on the earth for over 450 million years. That’s a while.
  • One kind of fish, the mudskipper, can walk on land. Known as a sort of amphibious species, the adaptable fish uses its pectoral fins to skip across the land. It can even jump two feet in the air if it needs to! How does it do this? It keeps a chamber of water for storage in its gill chambers whenever it takes a land-trek. When it is wet, it’s able to breathe through its pores as well. All in all, sounds like a pretty neat fish if you ask us.
  • If you thought the school you attended was too big, get a load of this: herrings roam in schools that are billions strong. It’s almost too much to believe, we know, but some schools have been estimated at boasting some three billion in number.
  • Ready to get grossed out? No? We don’t care, sorry, because the Atlantic hagfish can secrete so much slime that it will fill your average-sized milk jug. The hagfish’s body is covered with glands that secrete a sticky slime, which is thought to be some kind of defense mechanism, although scientists aren’t entirely sure about the specifics.
  • Ready for a slightly cute, if not surprising fact? Whales have belly buttons! That’s right, whales are mammals, just like us, and as such, they give birth to live young. This means there is an umbilical cord involved. Dolphins have belly buttons too, just so you know.
  • The fastest moving fish in the world is the sailfish. They have been clocked at moving up to 68 mph, making them able to cover the length of a football field in less than five seconds!
  • The slowest moving fish in the world is without a doubt the dwarf seahorse. It moves at .001 mph. For reference, it takes an hour to move five feet. That means it would take around 72 hours to move the length of a football field.
  • Fish are one of the six identified groups of animals. The others are birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and amphibians. However, their unique composition, specifically regarding their fins and aquatic environment, make them a group unlike any other.
  • Greenland sharks are known to be the oldest-living fish species. Researchers studied 28 Greenland sharks in a study published in 2016. Most of these sharks lived to be a minimum of 272 years, with some getting all the way up to 512 years old!
  • The fish with the shortest lifespan is the pygmy goby, a reef-dwelling species of fish that only lives a couple of months, on average.
  • The world’s deepest-living fish is the snailfish, which is native to the Pacific Ocean. This fish lives at a depth of 26,722 feet.
  • There are more than a couple animals that are commonly referred to as “fish” which are not fish at all. Among them are jellyfish, crayfish, starfish, shellfish, and cuttlefish.
  • Buddhism maintains that fish symbolizes contentment and happiness due to their complete freedom of movement.
  • Only sharks are known to have eyelids.
  • This one is a bit surprising, even to us — many fish have taste buds all over their body.
  • Fish sleep, but they don’t sleep like humans do. They lower their response to stimuli, their metabolism, while slowing all physical activity. Unlike humans, they don’t change their brain waves (from alpha to delta, in case you were wondering).
  • Regarding communication, fish use a wide variety of low-pitched noises to communicate with one another. They can hiss, creek, wail, grunt, croak, or even rattle their bones in order to interact. They even vibrate muscles against their swim bladder, if the mood should strike!
  • Here’s the last fish fact of the day — the best place to get your fish fix is at Mulligan’s! Well, in southeastern Florida anyway. We’ve got a variety of delicious seafood menu items that will frankly blow your mind.

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So there you have it! Some fish facts to spice up your day. Be sure to keep an eye out for our next post in which we’ll provide some seafood facts (well, facts about seafood that don’t have to do with fish). In the meantime, come get your seafood fix at one of the top fish restaurants in all of Florida! View our menu here.

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What Lake Worth, Vero Beach, And Jensen Beach Restaurants Have In Common

What Lake Worth, Vero Beach, And Jensen Beach Restaurants Have In Common

In the title of this blog, we posed a question without really posing a question. So we’ll just ask the question now: What do Lake Worth restaurants, Vero Beach restaurants, and Jensen Beach restaurants all have in common? The short answer is a Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill to boast about. The long answer is a bit more involved than that, which is what we are going to spend today’s blog post talking about!

Why should you care? That’s another decent question, we aren’t going to lie. But honestly, the most likely reason you’ve found this post is looking for a high-quality seafood restaurant in Lake Worth, Vero Beach, or Jensen Beach. Perhaps you typed into your smartphone something to the effect of “fish restaurant near me,” or maybe you were looking for a “family-friendly seafood restaurant in Lake Worth.” Better yet, maybe you were just surfing the world wide web and happened upon this blog post by chance.

We don’t discriminate. That’s not our job. Our job is to serve up flavorful menu items that never fail to surprise or delight local Floridians and passers-through alike! So whether you are a tourist or a Southeastern Florida native, we are confident that you’ll find something you’ll like at Mulligan’s, a full-service seafood joint that offers happy hour, family night, and world-class atmosphere — no matter which of our locations you’ve elected to try out that night.

About Mulligan’s – The Top Seafood Restaurant Around

Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Lake Worth, and a few other locations around the area are able to boast a Mulligan’s. At the risk of tooting our own horns here, we are pretty proud of the setup we’ve got going on, from the fresh seafood dishes to the waterfront views most every Mulligan’s location has. So Allow us to provide a bit of backstory about Mulligan’s and our humble beginnings some 21 years ago!

Founded in 1997, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill was established by George Hart. With a mission of providing exceptional seafood, a great time for everyone, and a family-oriented atmosphere, George Hart is now a 30+ year veteran of the restaurant industry. His dream was and is to expand Mulligan’s into a Florida-wide restaurant chain — one that’s a household name for any Florida family that loves seafood!

With multiple locations, we are well on our way to fulfilling Mr. Hart’s original dream. And though we will always look to improve our quality while expanding our reach, one of the best aspects of being a part of Mulligan’s is that George has never lost sight of the most important things in life (yes, there are more important things that King Crab Leg and succulent Mahi Mahi, believe it or not). George has a massive heart, as he gives back to his community in a wide variety of ways. More than anything else, George loves his two children, Austin and Gracie, who are the greatest joys in his life.

Recently, JPB Capital Partners has come onboard the Mulligan’s team. A leading equity investor for lower-middle market companies, JPB Capital Partners has deployed over $200 million across 36 food, beverage, personal care, and restaurant companies across the nation. We are lucky to have them along with us on this journey. Not only are they great to work with, but their efforts have also helped us be able to continue to expand into other parts of the great state of Florida. All that has the net effect of more people experiencing the world-class seafood dining experience that is Mulligan’s!

Private Events: Jensen, Lake Worth And Vero Are Your Choices

Imagine unbelievable ocean views, blue Atlantic skies, and a tropical atmosphere you won’t soon forget at your own private event. If that sounds decent, and you are looking for a seafood restaurant that can accommodate private parties or events, we recommend inquiring about availability at our Lake Worth, Jensen and Vero Beach locations. Jensen comfortably seats 40 guests while Vero Beach can hold up to 45. Lake Worth, not to be forgotten, has two separate outdoor private areas that both offer wonderful views of the lake. What’s more, our Lake Worth fish restaurants boasts a north-side patio that accommodates 40 guests along with a west-side patio that can seat up to 50! Check out our private dining resource for more information.

Why We Love These Locations

Let’s flip the conversation on its head a little bit now. We love Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, and Vero Beach, and are proud to be able to call our Mulligan’s locations home there. Each community is unique with plenty to offer folks who call it home or are merely passing through.

  • Lake Worth offers Lake Worth Beach Park, Snook Islands, John Prince Park, and a historic Old Town Commercial District that will never fail to intrigue.
  • Jensen Beach is right on the water. The community boasts around 12,000 people along with a wealth of attractions that out-of-towners frequently flock here to experience. From Savannas Preserve State Park Environmental Education Center to Indian Riverside Park to the Sailfish Splash Waterpark, the whole family will find something to love at Jensen Beach. Just make sure you end the day with some seafood (or landfood, to be fair) at Mulligan’s!
  • Vero Beach boasts a wide variety of attractions. Quite frequently in fact, people come to Florida and end up not leaving Vero Beach if that’s where they are staying! Not only is the waterfront itself spectacular, but there is the Vero Beach Museum of Art, McKee Botanical Garden, Royal Palm Pointe Park, and Jaycee Park — a great shoreline spot for swimming and picnicking!

Come See Us Soon!

Come see us at Mulligan’s no matter what part of Southeastern Florida you find yourself in. We promise it will be well worth the drive. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 365-days out of the year, we are here serving up much more than delicious seafood. Come for the fun, food, and atmosphere, go take a nap, and come back for happy hour! View our menu here.

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