Mulliganâs Taverne on the Green
Westborough – This friendly establishment has been owned and operated by Mike O’Regan and his family for the past six years. His daughter Courtney is a capable assistant to her dad and was our gracious hostess on my first visit to Mulligan’s. The Taverne is situated on the grounds of the Westborough Country Club, but I learned quickly that you don’t have to know a bogey from a birdie in order to enjoy a great meal in the comfortable surroundings of this popular restaurant. My husband and I found Mulligan’s on Route 30, just a short distance from Westborough Center, and drove right into the adjacent parking lot overlooking the grounds of Westborough Country Club. Courtney seated us in the Porch Room. Warm golden yellow walls and large windows accented with natural looking wildflower vines invite you to relax on this family’s bright and spacious sun porch. Our server off ered a complimentary bowl of crispy pita chips and freshly made hummus, sweetened with a hint of pineapple, a welcome warm-weather variation of the usually smoky garlic–chick pea mixture. My entree was a generous medley of Baked Seafood, shrimp, scallops and haddock, moist and flavorful, with a light sauce of white wine, butter and lemon, topped with cracker crumbs. Accompanied by a choice of two sides—baked Roma tomatoes with
garlic and basil, and oven-roasted, pencil-slim asparagus ($16.99) -the e entire combination was an especially delicious springtime treat.
My husband ordered a Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bourbon Mushroom Sauce. It was a 14-ounce portion, perfectly cooked to order ($17.99). His two sides were the baked Roma tomatoes and a savory mix of roasted vegetables with mushrooms.
Appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and burgers are available for lunch or economical family meals under $10. Our next visit will be to sample the more traditional Irish farre such as Beef & Guinness Pie and Liver & Onions at $13.99.
When Courtney presented a tempting dessert tray, I chose the cheese cake sampler – four mini cakes in various flavors, tangy lemon, chocolate and vanilla combinations ($4.99). Mr. B. did not resist the call of a bowl of grape nut custard topped with whipped cream ($2.99), reminding me that I don’t make this old-time dessert treat for him. (“That’s true,” I said, “but Mulligan’s makes it better.”) Chocolate lovers that day would enjoy a decadent layered peanut butter/chocolate bar or the gooey goodness of lava cake.
Mulligan’s offers a special treat every Thursday night starting at 8 p.m. Celtic music comes alive at the Taverne, where musicians of all levels join the fun of this unique Irish experience. On a warm evening, enjoy the deck overlooking the golf course, or consult the take-out menu to keep the heat out of your kitchen this summer. Then, try the $5 “Cash Only Tuesdays,” when you can get burgers and sandwiches for $5, and dinners – including ribeye and seafood- for only $10. A full-service bar provides cocktails like the refreshing Mulligan, and a moderately priced selection of wine and beer, with helpful wine pairing tips on the menu. The O’Regan family’s mission is to provide a gathering spot with great food served in a casual, homelike atmosphere for family celebrations, good times with friends and neighbors, and meetings of local business and social groups. After my first visit I can tell you: Mission Accomplished! Follow the O’Regans on Facebook or visit the restaurant website at www.mulliganstaverne.com to see what they’re up to next. At this time, Mulligan’s is closed Monday; they are open Tuesday 4 to 9 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Watch the website or call 508-366-0207 for any seasonal changes to the menu and restaurant hours.
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