Mulligan’s Reviews: Why Tourists And Locals Agree!

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

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

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

“Wonderful Restaurant Right On The Beach”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I Really Enjoyed The Atmosphere”

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

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

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

Come See Us Soon!

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

Wild Facts About Florida’s Theme Parks

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While not all of our patrons are tourists visiting loved ones or coming to see all that Florida has to offer, we certainly play host to our fair share of people just passing through. On the other hand, the majority of our customers here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill are locals hailing from any number of towns and cities along the coastline of East Florida. Even folks from Boca Raton and Palm Beach have been known to travel a bit north to one of locations in Stuart, Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Lauderdale by the Sea, and Lake Worth.

Our point is this; whether you are a tourist or a third-generation, native Floridian, come on by to get some local, fresh seafood, world-class hospitality, and a truly unique atmosphere. We proudly serve the freshest seafood, delicious landfood, choice cocktails, and much more. We even have private dining options with holiday specials, so if you are deciding where you want your business’ holiday party to be, consider our variety of locations and select holiday menus!

With that said, let’s move onto today’s promised topic, wild facts about Florida’s many theme parks. We’ve got same great options to choose from, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld Orlando, Legoland Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa, and many more. Keep reading if you are interested in learning some zany facts, you might just read a few handy secrets that will prove to be useful the next time you head to Orlando…

Interesting Tidbits About Disney World And Universal Studios Florida

  • Florida is at sea level. While that might not qualify as “interesting”, it is a useful pre-fact, if you will. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has a little-known tunnel system which is used by park employees to get around quickly and discreetly. These underground tunnels, interestingly enough, are actually on sea level. The park is built on top of this ground level, in a coincidental homage to modern Rome.
  • This one might surprise you a little bit. If you go to the Magic Kingdom, you might be surprised to see some ash flying around. No, it’s probably not from a nearby controlled burn. It’s more likely from a deceased person’s remains. People just like to be left where they remember being happy, we suppose. Oddly enough, this happens so much that the park has its own vacuum to take care of this occurrence.
  • Walt Disney World Resort proper is just about as large as the city limits of San Francisco. However, only 35 percent of the resort’s grounds have been developed. The Animal Kingdom alone is over 400 acres in size. It makes sense that it is the resort’s biggest theme park.
  • Speaking of the Animal Kingdom, there are over 3,000 species of animals in its some 4,000,000 plants and trees. What a habitat!
  • Every day, a random family is chosen to be able to stay at the very top of Cinderella’s castle in the Magic Kingdom. The apartment was intended to be used for Walt Disney and his family.
  • The “Land” pavilion at Epcot Center is used for the growing of some 30 tons of food used by Epcot Center’s many restaurants in addition to being a mildly entertaining exhibit!
  • Speaking of Epcot, do you know why it is named what it is named? “Epcot” stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. With the dawn of the internet and all that comes with it, we are not sure the powers-that-be understood how daunting of a task keeping this park “futuristic” would actually become.
  • Walt Disney World was originally planned to be built in St. Louis, Missouri. The blueprint showed that the plan was to have the park be categorically indoors because of the cold winter months.

  • Disney World purchases more fireworks than any other entity in the U.S. save the nation’s military itself. We aren’t sure why the military is using fireworks, though.
  • Gators want to experience the most magical place on earth, too. Some have even been known to join in the fun by taking a dip in Splash Mountain’s pool. The whole park is built on a swamp, after all.
  • There’s a small, half-court basketball court on the top of Matterhorn Mountain. Perhaps you’ve seen the employees repelling down the mountain in their themed costumes. One of them reportedly got bored and brought the fixins’ to build a court up there to help pass the down time.
  • Shifting gears a bit, you can check out an actual piece of the Berlin Wall at Universal Studios near the Blue Man Group entrance. It’s in a garden behind the Hard Rock Cafe, and isn’t something you get to see or touch every day!
  • If you’ve been on The Rip Ride Rockit, you probably noticed that each seat comes complete with a touchscreen you can use to select music to enjoy while you nearly soil yourself during the ascent. But what you might be less familiar with is the fact that you can select a wide array of hidden songs if you hold down the logo on the top of the screen for around 10 seconds. Here’s the kicker, though; you need to have a three-digit code to access these songs. Luckily, the folks from the top seafood restaurant in East Florida have you covered with the full list here.
  • Always ask to take the tour when you are at Universal Studios. You’ll skip the long lines and see some hidden gems while you are at it!

Stop By Mulligan’s

No, we aren’t located in Orlando. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to tell you about how much we love all that our home state has to offer. If you find yourself a bit tuckered out of the theme park experience, we find the ocean serves as a lovely tonic. Combine a waterfront, tropical restaurant with some of the very best seafood you’ll find near and far, and you have yourself a dining option you just can’t pass up. Stop by our Lake Worth restaurant or another one of our locations very soon! We’d love to host you.

Top Beach Restaurants: Fun Florida Facts!

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

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

Interesting And Crazy Florida Facts

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

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

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

Come See Us At Mulligan’s!

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

Family Restaurants Near Me: Little-Known Facts About Florida

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

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

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

Fast Florida Facts

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

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

A Local Family Restaurant

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

Fish Restaurant Near Me: Little-Known Facts About Seafood

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

Seafood And Sea Life Facts

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

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

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

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

Stop By Mulligan’s!

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

Jensen Beach Restaurants: Highlighting Our Charitable Involvement

In recent posts, we’ve been taking closer looks at our menu. We’ve had a few different pieces, each highlighting features of our menu. From our breakfast and appetizer selections, our “landfood” choices, to our our classic seafood dishes, there is a lot to choose from for any meal at Mulligan’s.

We were founded in 1997 by George Hart. With six locations being Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Lauderdale by the Sea, Sebastian, and Stuart, complemented by an assortment of waterfront views, we have become one of the region’s top choices for a full-service, family-oriented seafood restaurant. We are open for breakfast 365 days a year, and host everything from birthday parties for locals and business parties to the tourist looking for some fresh seafood and a Happy-Hour beverage. If you are looking for a kid-friendly restaurant with top-notch seafood, look no further than Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill!

Today’s post is going to depart from our recent trend of featuring menu items to talk about a different side of Mulligan’s, our community involvement.

Community Involvement

We are so proud to announce that Mulligan’s has donated a minimum total of $309,000 when all of our charitable financial donations are tallied together. Take a look at a few of the many organizations we are so proud to play a part in serving.  

Angel’s Pediatric Heart House

A nonprofit serving the South Florida area, this organization filled an important void within the community as they provide a place where families who have dealt with loss (specifically related to Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) or childhood acquired heart disease) can have an outlet where they  provide each other with emotional support the year round. Their vision is to be a “leader in the community by helping to alleviate the hardships and challenges of families affected by CHD and create a public awareness of congenital heart defects as the most common birth defect.”

Dogs For Life

Dog For Life, Inc. in Vero Beach was founded to help make the quality of life for people and dogs better. They do this by training service dogs for veterans and by operating an off-leash dog park in the area. Since 2001, they’ve been helping veterans with PTS, hearing, and mobility challenges find a way to deal with these hindrances. Their latest program affords veterans the chance to help and train service dog teams. You can learn more about volunteer opportunities here!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties, Inc.

This non-profit’s mission is to “Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” We are proud to report that participants of this program are 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52 percent less likely to skip school. This measurable impact speaks volumes to the care and effort that can be found at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties, Inc.

Junior Achievement of South Florida

JA of South Florida gives young people the opportunity and skills they need to achieve success. Founded in 1959 by the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, JA’s educational focus has three main components: financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. In the 2014-15 school year, Junior Achievement programs reach well over 48,000 Broward and South Palm Beach County students! We are happy to be able to partner with Junior Achievement of South Florida because of the honesty, passion, and integrity that they both model and instill within the young people of our community. If you are interested in volunteering, check out this page.

Whole Child Connection

Based in Martin County FL, Whole Child Connection is a web-based system which provides families in Martin County anonymous and free access to community services for kids and families. They excel in analyzing an individual family’s’ needs so they can match them with the correct services, which include economics, education, health, and spiritual and social well-being. Check out Martin County’s lineup of programs here.

Donation Request

Now that you’ve read a bit about our community involvement, we want our readers to know that we here at Mulligan’s does our best to assist as many regional organizations as we can. Let us know if you are interested in receiving some kind of support from Mulligan’s. We’ll be able to get back in touch with you within 7-10 business days!

Come Visit One Of The Top Jensen Beach Restaurants Around

Mulligan’s is proud to provide Southeastern Florida with some of the best seafood around. On top of that, we have a dedication to facilitate a happy, kid-friendly atmosphere. Whether you are coming to see us at Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, or one of our other locations, we would love to see you and let you try some of our fantastic dishes. Keep in mind we are opening a Singer Island location in 2018! It will be located at 2501 N. Ocean Dr. Riviera Beach, Fl. 33404, so be sure to watch this space for more updates on our Singer Island restaurant.   

Fresh Seafood Near Me: Highlighting Our Seafood And Fish Dishes

In previous posts, we’ve taken the time to emphasize the fact that we are more than just your average “seafood restaurant near me”, as you might be apt to type into Google to give you a list of options of local seafood restaurants. If you happened to search for “seafood menu”, perhaps you might find our own seafood menu at Mulligan’s. If you did, you probably wouldn’t be reading this post right now, because you’d likely have taken a few minutes to browse the menu. Then you would have gotten in your car and we could be serving you, right now! Remember, at Mulligan’s, we serve breakfast, appetizers, soups & salads, sandwiches & sliders, seafood and “landfood” entrees, drinks, and much more. With locations in Jensen Beach, Stuart, Lake Worth, Lauderdale by the Sea, Sebastian, and Vero Beach, we are only a short drive away if you are in the south eastern Florida region.

Some Of The Local Charities Mulligan’s Supports

Before we dive into highlighting some of our seafood dishes, we’d like to give you a little “taster” for a future post of ours. At Mulligan’s Seafood Restaurant, we are deeply connected to our local community. We have a variety of charities and organizations we support, a few of which are listed below. Keep an eye open for a future post which will go into more detail about these charities, which help explains why we are so thrilled to be able to give back to our communities.

  • Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Cardinal Gibbons Football
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the Treasure coast, Inc.
  • Cerebral Palsy Guidance
  • Girls On The Run
  • Impact Broward
  • Angel’s Pediatric Heart House
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties, Inc.
  • Stevenson Elementary School
  • Lake Worth Football
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Palm Beach School for Autism
  • Sebastian Sharks
  • SunCoast Mental Health
  • Many more!

We may not have time to list all of these organizations in this post, so be sure to check back soon for the full piece on our charitable efforts here at our waterfront restaurants called Mulligan’s.

Our Seafood Menu

Below you will find a few of our favorite seafood menu items, most of which are dinner entrees. But not all of them are! Keep reading to learn more about some of the best fresh seafood you will find in all of Florida.

Monster Fish & Chips

You can’t tie down fish and chips to any one time of the day. While it might not be a great breakfast dish, you can’t go wrong with fish and chips for lunch, dinner, or maybe even a night cap.

Lox & Bagel

Speaking of fish and breakfast combining, here is a classic way to do just that. Smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese is a hearty way to start the day off right. Come see us for a business brunch during the week, or wake up even later on the weekend. You’ll still be able to get Mulligan’s delicious Lox & Bagel!

Shrimp & Spinach Omelete

One of our most popular breakfast options here at Mulligan’s is our Shrimp & Spinach Omelete. With tomatoes, spinach, and fresh shrimp, it’s hard to go wrong selecting this well-balanced selection.

Crab & Sausage Omelete

Our other omelette choice that includes seafood is our Crab & Sausage Omelete. It’s not a traditional combination, but most everyone who tries the blend of cheddar cheese, sausage, and lump crab meat has rave reviews about the flavor. Throw in a little ketchup or hot sauce, and it’s tough to say no to.

Crab Benedict

While we are talking about crab and breakfast, we should at least mention our crab benedict. We take that same delicious, fresh, jumbo crab meat and put it into our classic benedict foundation. Make sure you try our Fried Chicken Benedict, if you are in the mood, because it’s topped with Country Sausage Gravy!

Firecracker Shrimp

Do you love shrimp with a little extra kick to it? The extra spice that this breaded shrimp appetizer comes with makes it worth trying, and maybe ordering again and again.

Key West Conch Fritters

If you’ve never had tender queen conch in a delectable herb batter, we don’t know what to tell you. Actually, that is a lie, we do. We should tell you, “Get your behind over to Mulligan’s and try out our Key West Conch Fritters this instant!” They’re fried to a golden brown and come with our signature Cajun Remoulade.

Seafood Trio

The Seafood Trio is the holy trinity of our seafood appetizers, if there is such a thing. Everyone gets something they’ll love, but to be fair, most people love all three options. You’ll get the Mahi Fingers, Firecracker Shrimp, and Conch Fritters. Those are three dynamite options that balance together quite nicely.

Fried Mahi Racheal

Have you ever heard of the Reuben sandwich’s sister, the Rachael sandwich? Usually, it means substituting sauerkraut for coleslaw, which we do here. It can also mean subbing corned beef for turkey or pastrami. In this case, you can try Fried Mahi in our house blend of special seasonings, complete with grilled rye bread and swiss cheese, coleslaw, and thousand island dressings.

Crispy Tuna Roll

One of our in-house favorites, the Crispy Tuna Roll comes as a Fried Thai-ginger wrap with Ahi Tuna and vegetables. In true Ahi Tuna fashion, it comes served rare with an Asian slaw and wasabi cream to give it a little bit of kick.

Fried Seafood Platter

The Fried Seafood Platter is an awesome option if you want to bring the whole fried gang together to play. Get fried fish, shrimp strips, clam strips, and slaw and french fries. You could probably split this choice with a friend or two, or save it for leftovers!

Fresh Seafood Entrees

Crabby Grouper

Get a succulent fresh grouper filet that comes with our specialty lobster sauce. If that isn’t enough seafood decadence for you, it comes with an incredible crab cake on the side.

Florida Grouper

The fresh Florida Grouper dish comes either grilled or blackened, it’s your choice. Over the top comes our house-made Pineapple Salsa to give it a sweet note.

Key West Crab Cakes

Who doesn’t love crab cakes, especially when they are made with freshly caught crab? You’ll get two homemade lump crab cakes, complete with delicious hollandaise sauce.

King Crab Legs

Consider yourself to be regal? Do you love tasty crab and plenty of it? Get 1 pound of Alaskan Red King Crab Legs and eat until your heart’s content!

Mulligan’s Mango Mahi

We take our Tropical Mango Salsa and pour it over the top of our fresh Mahi Mahi. It comes either grilled or blackened, but either way, it’s excellent!

Sunrise Salmon

Who doesn’t love a little breakfast flavor for dinner? Okay, most people aren’t always in the mood for steak and eggs or waffles in the evening. But should the mood for a seafood-themed breakfast strike, try our Grilled Salmon topped with rich hollandaise sauce.

Blackened Seared Tuna

We take our rare Ahi Tuna and give it a light sear, making sure it is blackened enough to give a balance of flavor. Ask your server for more details on how this seafood dish is prepared.

Jamaican Shrimp

Sweet pineapple salsa combines perfectly with our Jerk Jumbo Shrimp Skewers. You might need to order a round of them for the whole table if you let people taste them, so consider yourself warned!

Coconut Shrimp

When you think of breaded, coconut shrimp, you should probably think of Mulligan’s as well. The shrimp are jumbo and have the perfect amount of breading coating the outside. This is a classic, and getting it from Mulligan’s Beach House takes it up another notch.

Stop By Mulligan’s

Whether you are looking for Jensen beach restaurants or restaurants in Vero Beach, you’ve got to come see us at one of our six locations. We are excited to announce that Mulligan’s Beach House will be coming to Singer Island in 2018! Whether you visit us on Singer Island or at any other of our seafood restaurant locations, make sure you do it soon! That way, you don’t need to search for “fresh seafood near me” anymore. You can just stop by Mulligan’s full-service tropical restaurant!

Waterfront Restaurants | More Than Just Seafood At Mulligan’s!

In our previous post, we took a look at some of the “landfood” items on our predominantly seafood-heavy menu that we consistently hear good things about from our customers. Of course, we enjoy them as well. It helps having such a wide variety of options to choose from, so even our staff doesn’t get tired of the same handful of dishes when they dine in! In today’s post, we will continue with the last one by carrying on highlighting non-seafood dishes. Specifically, we will look at dinner menu items, cocktails, and more. Keep reading if you are interested in learning more about one of the top waterfront and tropical restaurants in Southeastern Florida!

Entrees

  • T-bone Steak – 16 ounces of succulent, grass-fed beef. It’s juicy, it could probably feed three people, and it’s all for you. Add mushrooms and onions if you choose. We make a good steak, it’s that simple. Try our 10 ounce Top Sirloin Steak, on which you can add bleu cheese and bacon…rather, on which you should add bleu cheese and bacon.
  • Caribbean Jerk Chicken – If you are a fan of jerk chicken, this will be right up your alley. An incredible array of spices makes the chicken fizzle in your mouth, and it’s topped with pico de gallo for a refreshing balance.
  • Baby Back Ribs – A timeless, American classic, done right by Mulligan’s. Choose from a full rack or a half-slab. They come with fresh veggies. If you order them, be prepared to share them with your whole party, because they smell incredible, and taste even better.
  • Beach House Surf N Turf – We thought it would be a good idea to give you the best of both worlds when it comes to seafood and landfood. We offer the 10 ounce sirloin steak with a skewer of jumbo blackened shrimp, bursting with full flavor.

Pastas

  • Chicken Broccoli Alfredo – You’ve had it before perhaps, but you probably haven’t had it made by the chefs at Mulligan’s. We add our own twist to the classic dish. Keep in mind that all of our seafood, pasta, steaks, and other entrees come with soup, house salad, or caesar salad. We also have gluten-free options available to you upon request.

Drinks

We offer $6 daily drinks, with a rotating special depending on the day of the week.

  • Monday – Margarita
  • Tuesday – Pina Colada
  • Wednesday – Daiquiri
  • Thursday – Frozen Rum Runner
  • Friday – Long Island Ice Tea
  • Saturday – Mojito

But our drink menu goes well beyond that. We offer 3 different mojitos (Classic, Blueberry, Cucumber), 4 martinis (classic, chocolate raspberry, pomegranate, key lime), and an excellent collection of white and red wine.

In terms of cocktails, we offer our house-made sangria, along with many other refreshing beverages. We even have champagne, if you are here to celebrate!

Private Dining

At our restaurant in Vero Beach, we have a private, oceanfront room that holds a maximum of 40 guests. If you are interested in a corporate event, a party, or even a family reunion meal, our private dining experience is classy, fun, and comes with delicious food and drinks.

Choose Mulligan’s

Founded in 1997, we are so pleased to be part of the fabric of Florida life in communities like Stuart, Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth. We are open 365 days a year for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you are looking for somewhere to relax, watch the game, enjoy happy hour with friends, or try authentic, fresh-caught seafood, Mulligan’s is the tropical restaurant for you. We’ve got a little bit of everything here at Mulligan’s, and would love to have you come in and give us a try. It’s the perfect spot for locals and visitors alike, so stop on in today!

More Than Just Seafood: Highlighting Mulligan’s “Landfood” Breakfast And Lunch Items

At Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, we have a variety of incredible seafood options to choose from. As native Floridians, our owners and operators understand the difference between your average seafood restaurant and a waterfront restaurant that is truly unique. The latter category is exactly what we’ve sought to create here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. And although we offer flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth selections of Mahi, lobster, shrimp, clams, tuna, salmon, and more, we understand that there is more to providing a great tropical restaurant experience than simply having great seafood. But, it doesn’t hurt.

So what do we think goes into creating a fantastic dining experience for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? That’s an excellent question, we are so pleased you asked! We believe, in addition to great seafood, it starts with the atmosphere. That’s why we make a point to make you feel right at home the moment you walk into one of our fine local seafood restaurants. It’s always a great time at Mulligan’s, whether you join us for happy hour after your work day or are stopping by the area looking for a family restaurant. We know how to have fun, and with a great range of mixed drinks and other libations to choose from, you are sure to enjoy yourself as well! We have locations in Lake Worth, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, and Sebastian, and that means that you probably don’t have to drive too far to come see us!

Today’s Topic

So we’ve established that great seafood and a fantastic environment are essential elements for a waterfront restaurant that wants to be taken seriously. Check and check. But the meat and potatoes of today’s post, as the title no doubt already informed you, is about some of our most popular items on the menu that aren’t seafood-based. Read on if you are interested in hearing about some delicious breakfast and lunch items that people rave about here in South Florida!

Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

We are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year. No matter what meal you join us for, we want to make sure that everyone finds something on the menu that catches their eye. That’s why we have such a wealth of options of “landfood”, if you will. So while we won’t be listing every single item on our menu that doesn’t come from the ocean, we will give you a quick list of some of our favorites.

Breakfast

  • Breakfast Platter – Sometimes, you need a classic, hearty, American breakfast. We use American diners (the good ones) for inspiration here as you can get two eggs any style, two sausage patties, two bacon strips, home fries, and toast. If you happened to be out sipping on one too many Mai Tais the night before, here is your antidote.
  • Nutella Banana Toast – Everyone likes nutella. This is well known. What is slightly less well known is the fact that Mulligan’s Beach Restaurant has the world’s best Nutella Banana French Toast. Not only do we get the balance just right, but we stuff them inside the toast as well. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, give it a try.
  • Breakfast Burrito – An absolute classic, done right. Choose from sausage, bacon, sour cream, or if you are feeling like a nap after breakfast…all three! Try it on Tuesday to pair it with a $6 Pina Colada!
  • Greek Omelette – We do more than just a classic American-style breakfast. We make a mean Greek Omelette, complete with feta cheese, creamy spinach, and tomatoes. It’s a refreshing way to start your day while still giving you all the calories you need to make it to lunch.
  • Simple & Fit Platter – Not everyone wants to go into a food coma after they eat breakfast, and while we don’t understand such a feeling, we can respect it. That’s why we have the Simple & Fit Platter with scrambled egg whites, rotating fresh fruit, and whole wheat toast to get your day started off right.
  • Fried Chicken Benedict – Okay, we might be getting slightly carried away with all of our breakfast choices, but we can’t help ourselves. And we wanted to feature a southern dish after talking about something so overtly healthy in our Simple & Fit Platter. Our Fried Chicken Benedict comes with two buttermilk biscuits baked to perfection, fried chicken with just the right amount of crunch, and over easy eggs. Top it off with our country sausage gravy, and you’ve got yourself the fixins’ for a rustic twist on a classic breakfast dish.

Appetizers

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip – This is our own house recipe, so we don’t want to give our secrets away. Just try it. You’ll love it. You might even order another one, or two. We won’t judge you.
  • Oh So Cheesey Fries – No need for seafood here, just plenty of cheese, green onions, and bacon. Basically, all we need to do is make you aware of this option, because, really, it speaks for itself.
  • Drunken Onion Rings – These puppies are beer battered and come with our special cajun remoulade to add a southern twist on the classic American appetizer.

We offer many other options, but in the interest of time, you can refer to our menu or just stop on by for a full list! Keep in mind we offer a great many seafood appetizers, like our Calypso Crab Cake, Seafood Trio, and Key West conch Fritters, made with tender queen conch in an herb batter.

Lunch Items

  • Margherita Flatbread – Our flat bread is flavorful and baked perfectly. This simple dish includes basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Simple, classic, delicious.
  • Chicken Bella Flatbread – if you are looking for a bit more substance on your flatbread, we’ve got just the thing. With grilled chicken, mushrooms, melted goat cheese, tomatoes, and spinach, each bite explodes in your mouth.
  • Mulligan’s Cobb Salad – Cobb salad lovers won’t be disappointed. It’s exactly what you are looking for in a cobb salad. With egg, chicken, guac, bacon, tomato, cheddar and jack cheese, and your favorite dressing, what’s not to love?
  • Texas Burger – We are Floridian through and through, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate another state’s take. This is a burger done right, with BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese, and a juicy patty…it’s pretty tough to be disappointed.
  • Philly Steak – In keeping with the homages, we also know how to prepare a pretty darn good Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, if we do say so ourselves. With onion rings on top, melted cheese, more onions, mushrooms, and of course, tender steak, it’s one to try if the mood strikes.
  • Our BLT – This is another classic that people who aren’t in a seafood mood will typically enjoy. Keep in mind you can substitute the “B” for turkey or Mahi for just a bit more!
  • Chicken Bella Wrap – Finally, we have the Dr. Marty recommended wrap. Complete with roasted mushrooms, goat cheese, greens, tomatoes, grilled chicken, and a thai ginger wrap, this is one of our customers’ top choices in the lunch department.

Whether you are looking for a family restaurant in Jensen Beach, are searching “fresh seafood near me” into your search bar, or just want to find the best restaurant around you, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is worthy of your consideration. While we certainly have a  great seafood menu, we wanted you to be aware of some other options that we are proud to offer at all of our Southeastern Florida locations. In our next post, we will be taking a look at some of our dinner and dessert options that we didn’t have time to highlight today. Keep a look out for that one, and come on down to Mulligan’s the next time you are in the mood to have some great food and a fun time!

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!