Tips For Preparing Fish

There are some good seafood restaurants along the Atlantic coast of Florida. There are some lousy ones, too. It’s difficult to determine which are which, mainly because the bad ones don’t come out and tell you that they aren’t concerned with the quality of their service or product. That’s why it’s helpful to do some online research on Google Reviews, Yelp, Urban Spoon, and the like before heading to the first restaurant that pops up after you type “seafood restaurant near me” into your smartphone.

Word of mouth is a great way to figure out how to separate the pretenders from those who care about pleasing their customers with top-shelf seafood, like we do here at Mulligan’s Beach House and Grill. But if you aren’t a local, perhaps you are on vacation or just happen to be passing through the area and are in the mood for some delectable fish tacos and the like, who are you going to ask? That’s why we’ve made this space here at Mulligan’s; we want people who are looking for local seafood restaurants to be able to find us on search engines. This is the case whether you are looking for kid-friendly restaurants in Sebastian, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, or Vero Beach.

But we have this space for more reasons than simply attracting people to our local seafood restaurants. In past posts, we’ve highlighted local attractions, our menu items, and have offered some pairing ideas when it comes to coupling types of fish with wine, beer, and other adult beverages.

In today’s post, we wanted to provide you with some simple, easy-to-remember tips for preparing fish. We understand that most people aren’t able to eat out at a seafood restaurant every time they want some fish, and with that in mind, keep reading if you are interested in picking up some tips provided to you by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill!

Selecting The Right Filet

Let’s start at the beginning, with selecting the right filet. As we are fans of all kinds of fish, we recommend you not head to your local supermarket with too specific intentions. That is, if they don’t have salmon (or fresh salmon), be open to a different kind of fish. All you need is a bit of salt, pepper, and perhaps some fresh herbs and lemon to bring out the natural flavor of any kind of fish. Of course, there are plenty of recipes that have fancy sauces and preparation methods, but selecting a quality filet is the essential precursor to any delicious home-cooked fish dish.

The fact of the matter is that similar types of fish are easily exchanged for one another, so don’t get hung up on a single kind. Look for a filet that doesn’t have water pooled around it. Don’t feel the need to avoid whole fish, either. All you have to do is simply ask the attendant to “dress” the fish for you, which entails removing the guts, head, and other undesirable parts of your selection.

Just make sure the fish you are selecting smells more like the sea than that “fishy” smell. Another thing to look out for is if the fish filet you have in mind is soft. That is bad. You want it to be firm. Feel free to ask the attendant what their recommendation is, too.

Storage

Storage also plays a key role in the end result. If you aren’t planning on eating the purchased fish on that same day, you want to make sure to keep it chilled in the coldest part of your refrigerator. On that day, take it out a few hours before you plan to cook it. Then run it over cool water and pat it dry to make sure scales and whatnot fall off. Then put it on a plate, uncovered, and leave it in your refrigerator until it is time to go.

Pan Frying Your Fish

If you elect to pan fry your fish, all you need is some oil, butter, salt, pepper, flour, and whichever spices you prefer. Simply dust the filets with your combination of salt, pepper, flour, and spices, and dip them in the heated butter and oil. The butter is for flavor and the oil is to make sure the butter doesn’t burn. And while we aren’t providing our readers with a specific recipe in today’s post, a good rule for frying time is 7-10 minutes per inch of thickness. So, for a thin fillet, you are looking at 3-4 minutes of frying time.

Battered Fish

Everybody likes fish and chips, but it can be quite the challenge to duplicate the kind of deliciousness you might find at a top restaurant like Mulligan’s. Here’s a “life hack” for you; instead of using milk or regular water in your recipe, replace it with beer or even soda water. You want to make sure that the batter you use is ice-cold when you dip your fish in it. Ideally, your batter should be golden brown within 60 seconds. The key is to make sure your batter doesn’t soak through to make your fish soggy.

Come See Us At Mulligan’s!

We love to give little tips and serve up fun facts on these blog posts, but not half as much as we like serving up an ice-cold beer with some delicious fish and chips here at Mulligan’s. With locations in Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Lake Worth, and beyond, we would love if you would take the time to come see why people love Mulligan’s!

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.

Highlighting Our Private Dining Rooms And Hosted Events

Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill is one of the most famous South Florida seafood restaurant(s) for good reason. With locations peppered throughout Southern Florida in communities like Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, and Lake Worth, Mulligan’s brings a unique blend of family fun, incredible seafood, a variety of menu items, and great atmospheres with breathtaking views. It’s for that reason that we have a fantastic blend of locals and people from out of town coming into our local seafood restaurants. And after all, a great way to learn about which restaurants are the best in an area is to figure out where the locals are eating, and follow suit. If you follow that logic (we would recommend doing so), Mulligan’s is one of the most popular restaurants in the Palm Beach and South Florida area amongst local Floridians!

Today’s post is going to depart from our previous three in that we will be highlighting our hosted events and private dining packages and features. But keep in mind that people with large, loud groups, are just as welcome as a couple looking for a fun date night with great cocktails and a tropical ambiance to boot. And of course, we pride ourselves on being a local kid-friendly restaurant. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just because you (or one of your little ones) may not enjoy seafood in particular that you won’t enjoy yourself at Mulligan’s. There is something for everyone here, whether you are looking for a great mixed drink, a fantastic dessert, appetizer, or some of the best mahi mahi you have ever tried. So without further adieu, let’s begin to take a look at a few of the most unique elements we at Mulligan’s are excited to share with you!

How We Started

Founded in 1997, Mulligan’s was brought into existence by George Hart, a 30 year restaurant professional. Starting with just one beach restaurant, now George, with JPB Capital Partners, have expanded to six restaurants, each with their own eye catching view of the water. Ever since he started the Mulligan’s concept, George has been dedicated to creating a culture that pervades every staff member, whether it’s George himself or a host or a chef in the back of house. That culture is to have fun, and make sure all our customers are having fun and enjoying themselves, too! As true native Floridians, George and the rest of us understand the essential ingredients of a top-notch seafood restaurant; great food, friendly service, unbelievable views, and a clean, fun, happy environment! You’ll get all those things and more when you come to Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill!

Private Dining

Interested in having an awesome, private birthday party, right on the beach, where you can drink cocktails, cool off, and enjoy incredible ocean views? Who wouldn’t, right? But birthday parties are not all we can accommodate in our semi-private banquet rooms. The best part about working with Mulligan’s for a private event (like a corporate event, for instance) is that you can be as involved in the planning process as you see fit. We pride ourselves on helping you from start to finish, with special attention to not overstep our bounds in the creative and planning process! So if you would like us to handle the majority of the planning, just let us know! We are happy to customize a private event for you. Here are the specifics based on our locations:

  • Vero Beach – a private oceanfront room that can comfortably accommodate 40 guests
  • Jensen Beach – although we don’t have a private room in our Jensen Beach tropical restaurant location, our main dining room easily seats 25-30 guests.
  • Lake Worth – Our Lake Worth location actually has two separate private rooms, with one able to seats 40 guests and the other a patio that accommodates 50 guests.

Our Banquet Menu

Not only do we have a skilled staff and a wonderful atmosphere for hosted events, but we also have a specially crafted banquet menu for just these occasions.

With a unique breakfast menu, three select options of beach house lunches, boxed sandwiches for a more informal event, and a three incredible dinner packages (with steak, mahi mahi, steak, fried fish, seared tuna, caribbean jerk chicken, crab legs, lobster tail…you get the idea) and a great selection of hor D’oeuvres at our Vero Beach seafood restaurant, each person at your event will find something they can call scrumptious!

Vero Beach’s hosted events menu are not set in stone, so if you would like to customize a menu for your select event, we would be more than happy to accommodate that request! Keep in mind that full bar service is available to complement your event.

If you are interested in a hosted event at any of our 6 locations (Sebastian, Vero Beach, Stuart, Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea), you can get more information here.

Get In Touch With Us Today

If you are looking for a great location on the waterfront for corporate event, birthday party, anniversary, or some other event, Mulligan’s is sure to have a South Florida location close to you, stocked with a helpful staff and a delicious variety of food. That’s why we say that we are more than just your average seafood restaurant. Come stop on by the best beach restaurant in the area, we would love to host you!