By Tonya West
For Hometown News
Don't let the sign fool you: it says Mulligan's, but its menu is All-American.
With the exception of its Reuben and Irish nachos, diners coming to this family sports grille in Port Orange will find a menu the whole family can dig in to.
Just what are Irish nachos, you ask? They begin with a generous layer of cheese fries that are topped with a smoky hot combination of real bacon bits, jalapenos and scallions. Be sure to share, so you can move on and see why everyone raves about their Reubens. You have a few choices: make it a fish Reuben (I'd try the blackened with grilled rye if I were you), or the turkey Reuben if you aren't too "turkeyed out" and, even better, the classic corned beef Reuben.
If soup's your cup of tea, Mulligan's has homemade French onion soup every day and runs daily specials. Friday's is a given though -- there is always clam chowder and a phenomenally priced fish fry. For $7.95 before 6 p.m., you get the fish fry, with chowder, coleslaw and hush puppies. Just add a dollar more after 6 p.m.
If you dine alone, then you'll fit right in, in no time. "It's like a 'Cheers' here," said Eddie Lowe, part owner and Bartender of the Year. "Everyone knows everyone. You can come in by yourself and have someone to talk to. It's a great place to meet new people." Mr. Lowe will even tell you his favorite fishing spots.
If you saved room, you best try their made from scratch peanut butter pie. And who doesn't love homemade key lime pie?
"We take pride in cleanliness, in putting out great products because our family and friends are having the food," said Mr. Lowe, who has known the kitchen manager, Reagan Vangeldrun, for 30 years and worked with him for 15. "We don't cut corners. Our prices are reasonable. We hand patty, our steaks are hand cut off the loins and we chop our own vegetables."
Under new ownership for five years, Mulligan's has enjoyed its new location at 3830 S. Nova Road in Port Orange for a year now. They have 230 seating capacity, inside and out, which gives them the space they need for their entertainment offerings.
If above all the entertainment, you hear someone yell, "Fireballlllllllll!!!" Don't be alarmed. It's just Mr. Lowe, pouring his favorite shot of cinnamon whiskey for a customer.
Mulligan's is all about karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
On Sundays, they stick to football. With 17 high-definition televisions dotting the walls, the place has no real set fan base, but a lot folks do pull for "Chicago, Pittsburgh and the Jets."
Trivia teams gather Monday nights at 6:30 to play for free and the chance to win "Mulligan Money." But then comes Tuesday night. And, if you have nothing better to do, and trust me, you have nothing better to do, you need to pop in for a little Motown offered by the much loved James Wise. From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Tuesday night, Mr. Wise steps into his zoot suit and packs the place. He's been known to throw in a little Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Cash, too.
Mulligan's doesn't wind down. Wednesday nights they bring on either a blues or classic rock band -- entertainment flips between the two every Wednesday to keep things interesting.
The menu is priced fairly, $5.95-$13.95, and sides cost $1.95. Don't forget to visit www.mulligans-wings.com for your to go order -- no extra charge to grill those chicken wings.