When it comes to tropical restaurants in southern Florida, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill represents an incredible option for people looking to have a great time while enjoying a variety of seafood and more. When we say more, we thought we might say “landfood”, but that probably would throw people off, and take away from our primary focus, which is seafood, seafood, and more seafood. Again, we have many other options, but for the purposes of this article, we are going to highlight various types of fish, many of which you can find at your local top seafood restaurant, Mulligan’s. Not only will we describe what each fish tastes like and how to prepare it, but also what kind of supplemental food and wine will pair well with each fish type described.
But before we dive into today’s topic, allow us to briefly describe our passion for quality seafood and providing it to locations that include Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, and Vero Beach. In addition to being a family restaurant that kids will enjoy, we offer a little bit of everything that most anyone can enjoy, from expertly made cocktails during happy hour, private parties and hosted events, and an incredible atmosphere on the waterfront. So the next time you find yourself searching for a great “waterfront restaurant near me”, for instance, Mulligan’s should be high on your list of priorities to check out!
A Quality Seafood Restaurant
But back to the quality seafood we mentioned. Having been around the South Florida region since 1997, that goes to show that we are at least doing something right to stick around this long. But just getting by has never been our style. We much prefer excellence to the status-quo, which is why we are proud to be a full-service, family-oriented, seafood restaurant that is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – 365 days a year. With a world-famous monster fish fry, plenty of big-screen TVs to watch the game and enjoy a cold one, or just flat out have a great tasting, freshly caught plate of delicious fish while you enjoy the company of loved ones. We make a point to create a lively atmosphere (within reason) with that classic Floridian hospitality. From the top down, we have a passion for high quality seafood and world-class service.
Hopefully you will excuse that pseudo-rant about what makes our seafood restaurants so great. Sometimes we don’t know when to stop once we get going on what Mulligan’s has to offer families and other people looking for a great time. But we digress. As promised, let’s take a look at some common, and uncommon fish, what their flavor profile looks like, and more!
Let’s start with a more commonly prepared and consumed fish – often called the chicken of the sea. It has received that nickname due to its mild taste and flaky qualities. Although there are two distinct kinds of cod, Pacific and Atlantic, you will typically see them marketed by seafood restaurants and supermarkets as “Scrod Cod”, Icelandic Cod, or even Lingcod, with the latter not even being an actual type of cod. Rather than Scrod and Icelandic being nominal replacements for Pacific and Atlantic, Scrod Cod is actually a term which denotes a smaller cod, usually under 2 ½ pounds. Less intriguingly, Icelandic Cod simply refers to cod that is caught near Iceland.
While both Atlantic and Pacific Cods have a mild flavor and are considered lean, the most notable difference between the two kinds is that Pacific Cod is less firm, chiefly because it has more moisture than its sister kind to the east.
We figure many of you are familiar with cod and that it is usually breaded or battered. If you have ever been to England, you will find that cod is used in their classic fish and chips recipes all over the place. But ultimately, you can saute, steam, fry, bake, or broil cod with little fuss. With a mild flavor, cod represents a great platform for supplemental flavors and seasoning, such as tartar or cocktail sauce. If you are in the mood for such a whitefish fish and chips dish, try our Monster Fish and Chips plate over here at any of our Mulligan’s seafood grill locations! And in terms of pairing, we are going to keep this one fairly simple. Beer. Try it with beer, like a good lager. It’s absolutely fantastic.
One of our most popular kinds of fish we use to prepare a variety of dishes at our tropical restaurants is Mahi Mahi. If you’ve tried this kind of fish before, you may be surprised by its inherent heartiness – to the point where you might not want to go back to try other types of lighter fish. As Kevin James explained to his wife in an episode of The King of Queens (excuse us if we date ourselves here), “I just found out there is a fish that tastes like meat. I’m going to eat that.” We can’t blame you, Kevin. And despite playing a fictional character while he said that, we are confident that if Kevin ever came down to Lake Worth or Jensen Beach, he would be delighted by our Fried Mahi Mahi Fingers or our Fried Mahi Sandwich, which is perfectly prepared to be golden brown, with just the right amount of crisp.
But back to the details. In addition to tasting great, Mahi Mahi brings an exceptional range of nutritional value to the table. It’s a great source of protein, contains less saturated fat than many of its fish counterparts, has low sodium (despite being a saltwater fish), is rich in OMega 3, and contains Niacin, vitamin b12, selenium, and more!
Surprisingly, many people have never tried Mahi Mahi. When people learn that Mahi Mahi is a sustainable fish, meaning it can’t be over-fished, many are encouraged by that fact alone to try it out. And when they do, they quickly learn what all the hype is about. The blend of mild sweetness with its capacity to mix with other flavors is second to none in the fish world. In Hawaii, where much of the world’s Mahi Mahi is caught, they recommend eating it fresh, which is an assessment with which we concur. But you can grill it, saute it, broil it, put some mango salsa with a macadamia nut crust to make it really pop, or try it fried on grilled rye bread with Swiss cheese, cole slaw, and thousand island dressing for an awesome take on a classic American sandwich! By the way, you can find the latter at any Mulligan’s Beach House location.
Our Tropical Restaurant
While we’ve highlighted just two of our favorite kinds of fish, do not fear! We’ve just decided to make this a two part series, so we can talk about more fish and their flavor profiles in our next post. This one was just too much fun, and with so much information to share about each kind of fish, we look forward to the next one.
Like we mentioned above, however, we are much more than just a simple seafood restaurant, although we do take a lot of pride in how we prepare our fish. With crab cakes, cheesey fries, firecracker shrimp, lobster flatbreads, a seafood bisque, and a beach house garden salad, we have a lot to offer in the seafood department alone. When you consider we have a full line of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drink items to choose from as well, you begin to understand what makes Mulligan’s Beach House one of the top seafood and beach restaurants in the area. Check out any one of our six locations in Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Stuart, or Sebastian. We would love to show you a great time!