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

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

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

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

Terrible, Terrible Fish Puns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joke Time!

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

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

Q: Where do women fish keep their money?

A: In their octopurse.

Nice.

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

A: A slobster

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

Q: How did the guppies get to the hospital?

A: In a clambulance.

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

Q: Why are fish so well educated?

A: They swim in schools!

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

Q: How do fish know their weight?

A: They have scales.

Good form.

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

A: Tentacles.

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

Q: What did the magician say to the fisherman?

A: Pick a cod, any cod!

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

Q: How do you keep a fish from smelling?

A: plug its nose.

Timeless.

Jokes For An Older Crowd

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

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

The old man replies, “Fishing for idiots.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Favorite Quotes About Seafood

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

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

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

Whoa, this post got deep, real quick.

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

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

Come See Us Soon!

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

The Secrets Of Florida – Vacation Ideas That Are Off The Beaten Path

Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill has a lot to offer people in Lake Worth, Vero Beach, and Jensen Beach who are looking for kid friendly restaurants, “fresh seafood near me,” local seafood restaurants, fun restaurants, beach restaurants, tropical restaurants…we think you get the idea.

We’d be even more convinced you get the idea if you’ve been reading our past posts to any degree. Why? For a good while now, we’ve been offering readers some of our favorite menu items, fish and adult beverage pairings, and even some recipes and preparation methods for crab cooking in particular.

However, in today’s post, we’d like to take the time to talk about Florida as a destination. It’s no secret that Florida plays host to their fair share of tourists every year, and rightfully so. This state has a lot to offer tourists and locals besides only the beach and amusement parks.

Today’s post will depart from talking exclusively about our Lake Worth restaurant, Jensen Beach restaurant, and Vero Beach restaurant. If learning about a few places considered “hidden gems” by the people who have been lucky enough to visit them, read on! This post is for you.

  • Clewiston Sugar Festival – let’s start this list off with a disclaimer: not all of these suggestions are within a reasonable distance of Mulligan’s Beach House. This is more of a dedication to our native state rather than a plug piece for our restaurant or an exposition covering our favorite seafood recipes. That being said, Clewiston has been dubbed “America’s Sweetest Town,” in large part because of its history of sugarcane production. A secondary reason is that the locals are sweet as can be, but you won’t find that listed under official reasons for given nicknames, if such a list were to exist in the first place, mind you. Clewiston Sugar Festival happens every April (which is now!), when the town will come together to celebrate the culmination of another year’s sugarcane harvest. The celebration includes music, arts, libations, crafts, and plenty of sweet treats to tickle taste buds.
  • The Venetian Pool At Coral Gables, FL – The Venetian Pool at Coral Gables is know to be the world’s largest freshwater swimming pool. This pool, which was constructed in 1924, was carved out of the remains of a Florida coral rock quarry. It has something of a Mediterranean flair to it, what with the mooring posts and gondolas. But the true attraction of the pool is in its fascinating filtering system. Originally, the pool drained every day with freshwater replacing it from artesian springs nearby. However, over time this was deemed unsustainable because it was draining local water reserves. Obviously a solution was needed, and one was found in the form of daily draining the pool water by returning it to the aquifer, letting natural filtration clean up the waste water. This still happens during the spring and summer!
  • Gatorland – No, we aren’t talking about the “Swamp” down at the University of Florida (the nickname for their storied college football stadium), we’re talking about a 110-acre theme park and wildlife refuge found in Orange County Florida. It was founded around 70 years ago on what used to be cattle-grazing land. The place has over 3,000 reviews on Google, with a rating of 4.6 stars. Although we’ve never actually been to Gatorland, we know a thing or two about online reputation, and a review score like that means the place is worth checking out (assuming you have some degree of interest in gators, of course).

  • Who isn’t a fan of clear, blue water? Who isn’t a fan of floating down a stream of clear, blue water, with the sun of your face and abundant greenery surrounding you? Almost no one, in our estimation. That’s why folks looking to tour some of Florida’s hidden gems should look into Ichetucknee Springs State Park. You can either rent a tube or bring your own, but either way you are sure to have a great time while drifting down a lazy creek. Look into High Springs or Fort White if you are interested in staying in the area for a day or two — which you certainly should consider doing.
  • A Live Mermaid Show! – That’s right, at Weeki Wachee Springs STate Park, in Weeki Wachee, you can find a local favorite. Almost any day of the year you can go to the park auditorium to watch a fascinating underwater theatre performance. After that, you can kayak down the river and take in the lush surroundings complemented by the crisp, clear water beneath you. There are even water slides to be found at the park if that is more your style!
  • Cedar Key – As a society, our lives have never been more fast-paced and jam-packed with stimulation then they are right now. But one of the best things about the south, and Florida in particular, is that locals know how to take a load off every now and then. That isn’t always possible in your hometown, since pressures and expectations of everyday life always seem to get in the way of a relaxing afternoon or evening. However, Cedar Key, a quaint town just about an hour south of Gainesville, offers a wonderful escape to a bygone era. Old fashioned activities abound at Cedar Key, with prime fishing spots, gentle beaches, and natural preserves to spare. There is very little hustle and bustle at Cedar Key — heck, even the police officers drive around in golf carts! If you are looking for a little mental detoxification, we strongly recommend Cedar Key.
  • The Hidden Florida National Park – Most people only think of Spanish Fort in St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos when they think of North Florida national parks. But there is another, Timucuan Preserve, just northeast of Jacksonville. It’s 46,000 acres of salt marshes, hardwood hammocks, and dunes. The best thing about this national park is that it’s completely free. If you are a fan of nature, hiking, and maybe even some good old-fashioned bushwacking, we recommend making this a weekend getaway!

The Best Gem Of All

Although we can’t, in good conscience, call Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill a “hidden” gem, we maintain its attractiveness all the same. To anyone looking for a great happy hour, a family-friendly seafood restaurant, or a waterfront restaurant with exquisite views, you’ve just got to come see us at Mulligan’s. With seven locations in the area, you are sure to have a blast.

And if you are sitting there thinking that you won’t have a blast because you don’t like seafood, we’ve got a variety of delicious menu items for folks like you. Reach out to us today if you have any questions, or simply come see us at one of our Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, or Lake Worth Mulligan’s locations! It’s never a bad time for seafood!

Lake Worth Restaurants: Why Try Mulligan’s?

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

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

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

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

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

A Bit Of History

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

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

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

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

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

Private Dining At Mulligan’s

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

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

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

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

Come See Us Soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Worth Attractions

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

Downtown Lake Worth

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

Lake Worth Playhouse

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

Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex

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

Vero Beach Attractions

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

Go Kayaking!

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

Vero Beach Seafood Restaurants

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

Jensen Beach Attractions

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

Indian Riverside Park

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

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

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

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.