Fish Restaurant Near Me: Little-Known Facts About Seafood

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

Seafood And Sea Life Facts

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

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

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

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

Stop By Mulligan’s!

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

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

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

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

The Grouper Fish

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

Taste And Preparation

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

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

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

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

Ahi Tuna

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

Taste And Preparation

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

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

Spices And Sides

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

On Our Next Episode

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

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

Fun Activities In Lake Worth For The Whole Family

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

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

Palm Beach Bass Fishing

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

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

A Farmer’s Market On The Beach

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

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

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

Downtown Lake Worth

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

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

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

Rapids Water Park

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

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

Eco Tours

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

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

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

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

Guided Segway Tour Of Deerfield Beach

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

The Crown Jewel Of Lake Worth

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

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