Westborough – Mulligan’s is a friendly, family-run restaurant with an old-time tavern atmosphere that I had visited earlier this year when the comfortable sun porch off ered a summertime view of the putting green at the Westborough Country Club. This time, a cool, misty rain and the drone of leaf blowers meant fall cleanup at the golf links was in progress. But inside, Manager Courtney O’Regan welcomed us warmly and led us to a table in the spacious Porch Room.
Courtney promptly delivered Mulligan’s complimentary greeting – the day’s special homemade hummus, a smooth flavorful blend of avocado and lemon, and pita crisps. It was perfect weather for comfort food at Mulligan’s. Mr. B. beat me to the selection of Beef and Guinness Pie, so I wrestled with the decision of several tempting choices including Chicken Pot Pie and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Lucky for me, the ravioli won!
Large pillows of pasta were stuff ed with perfectly seasoned whipped squash. Filling the dish, a generous serving rested under a luscious creamy sauce, lightly flavored with sage and nicely balanced with the crunch of thinly sliced almonds. Our chef had successfully combined classic flavors into an impeccable version of vegetable-filled ravioli ($15.99); the price includes an aboveaverage fresh and crisp garden salad. The Beef and Guinness Pie at $13.99 is a hearty chill-chaser. The aromatic dish was full of tender beef, pearl onions, carrots, celery and peas, in a hearty Guinnesslaced broth topped with a mound of mashed potatoes. Homemade dessert was the quintessential taste of autumn in New England – warm apple crisp, with a crunchy topping, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on the side.
The appetizer menu featured an interesting item – portabella fries, described as mushroom strips, deep fried, served with chipotle aioli, at $7.49. I’ll try that next time. A couple of intriguing salads – Apple and Arugula at $10.99 and Tomato Thai at $8.99 were tempting variations for healthful luncheon fare.
Soups, salads, sandwiches and a great variety of burgers at $8.99 are good reasons for making this restaurant a frequent destination. On your first visit, you’ll receive a $5 off coupon for the next time you come. On Cash Tuesdays they off er a really good deal – starting at 4 p.m., pay $5 cash for burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and $10 for Ribeye Steak, Fish and Baked Seafood off the regular menu. Gather at the friendly bar with HDTV and wireless. Other spaces include the Fireplace Room or Tea Room for meetings and conferences. Private functions for up to 100 guests can be accommodated.
Now open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mulligan’s is closed on Mondays. Watch for seasonal changes in this schedule on Facebook and the website at www.mulliganstaverne.com. There you’ll find more information about Saturday Open Mic Night and the buzz on the traditional Irish Music Session every Thursday at 8 p.m. or call 508-366-0207.
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