Don’t you love it when we get a new restaurant? I know I do! I was excited to visit The Back Porch Mulberry, not once but twice last week. Although they are still in a “soft opening” phase with limited hours, it was well worth it.
The Back Porch Mulberry is part of a small franchise with another location in Longwood and is very much welcomed in our neighborhood. The restaurant is an American sports bar/gastro pub with lots of indoor seating and of course lots of seating on the back porch too.
Both times we visited The Back Porch Mulberry we sat at the bar. The first time my friend and I enjoyed meeting new friends and sharing our excitement for something new in the north end of The Villages®. Jessica, Heather, and Darren took care of us behind the bar and did a fabulous job. To start off I had the Zoe Margarita, a yummy blend of pomegranate and margarita, and my friend enjoyed a traditional Margarita (or two). For my meal I had the Beef Tenderloin Sliders which are actually on the Apps & Snacks portion of the menu and were cooked and seasoned perfectly. My friend had the Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps which were also very good. We were even treated to some Bread Pudding for dessert, and it was equally delicious. Our new friends highly recommended The Classic Burger and Flank Steak Chimichurri for next time.
On my second trip I celebrated my birthday a day early with one of my girlfriends. Another Zoe Margarita started off the evening, and she had a Mint Chocolate Martini. Taking the advice from my previous visit, I ordered the Flank Steak Chimichurri w/Fries. Glad I followed up on the recommendation because boy, was it tasty! My friend had the amazing Beef Short Ribs – I’ll be getting those on my third trip. It was great meeting some of you on this visit and hope to meet more of you in the future! Let me know if you’ve been here yet and what you think.
Flank Steak Chimichurri w/Fries
Beef Short Ribs over Orzo & Asparagus
While the menu is still somewhat limited, everything looks amazing. Currently their barbecue items are not available but I had the pleasure of meeting one of the managers, Melanie, and she tells me they will be coming soon. Another thing that will be coming soon is live entertainment out on the patio. Once the Grand Opening occurs, we will experience even more excitement, so stay tuned!
The Back Porch Mulberry is located at 8761 SE 165th Mulberry Ln, on the north end of The Villages. Their current hours are 3pm-8pm daily. Follow them on Facebook for updates, and make sure to check-in here for daily specials once they begin.
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