Mulligan's is Westborough's perfect spot for a lunch break
By Nancy Brumback
Westborough – After the winter we’ve had, what could lift the spirits more than lunch outside on the deck, flowers blooming, the trees leafing out and the sight of folks enjoying a round of golf?
Mulligan's Taverne on the Green offers all that, plus excellent food.
Mulligan's is located in the Westborough Country Club, just outside downtown, and is open to the public. Lunch is available Wednesdays through Saturdays in the bright porch room, with its big windows and sunny yellow walls, or in the pub. But if the weather is fine, choose the deck and enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds while eating.
A friend and I stopped for lunch on one of the first really warm days this year. Our server, Courtney O’Regan, daughter of owner, Mike O’Regan, apologized that the umbrellas hadn’t been brought out yet, but we enjoyed the sun and I suspect the umbrellas are now providing shade for diners. We also enjoyed the blue cheese hummus and pita chips while we were studying the menu.
The tavern offers over a dozen appetizer choices, most between $5.99 and $8.49, that would be great to share or enjoy with a beer in the pub after a round of golf. Or pair them with soup or a salad for lunch. Among the choices are chicken tenders, potato skins, portabella mushroom fries, nachos and a variety of chicken wings priced by the piece.
There are a half dozen entree salads, such as apple arugula and tomato Thai. Courtney noted the Cobb salad “with just about everything on it” ($12.99) is very popular.
The selection of sandwiches, burgers and wraps, most $7.49 to $8.99, is also tempting, and all of the burger variations are available with grilled chicken instead. Dinner entrees and pasta dishes can be ordered at lunchtime.
We debated the salads, but the faint smell of burgers being grilled proved irresistible to my friend. She opted for the Santa Fe burger ($8.99), eight ounces of Black Angus sirloin topped with Frank's hot sauce and melted blue cheese. The fried haddock sandwich ($7.49) caught my eye.
The fish sandwich was excellent, a generous filet fried golden brown and piping hot, served on a soft bulkie roll with lettuce, tomato and onion and a side of chunky tarter sauce and potato chips.
My friend was pleased that her burger, ordered rare, was indeed rare. She likes spicy fare, but warns that this burger has lots of hot sauce and you might ask for just a little if you like your spicy food on the milder side. The french fries were hot and crisp.
If you go for dinner, you’ll find most entrees between $13.99 and $16.99. There are four pasta choices, including shrimp scampi and butternut squash ravioli. Among the regular entrees are beef and Guinness pie, chicken piccata, grilled rib eye steak, haddock Roma, and Cajun-flavored black and bleu chicken.
On Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Mulligan's offers a special cash-only deal with sandwiches and burgers at $5 each and six entrees at $10 each – an even bigger value than this restaurant's regular pricing.
On Thursdays, starting at 8 p.m., Mulligan's has live Irish music in its pub, a great chance to unwind toward the end of the week.
Mulligan's is just inside the entrance to the Westborough Country Club, at 121 West Main St. (Rt. 30) It's open Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 4 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; it's closed on Monday. For reservations or more information, call 508-366-0207 or see the website www.mulliganstaverne.com.
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