The Mulligan is a salad with a half Avocado stuffed with seafood on a bed of romaine lettuce with cooked shrimp, onion, tomato, cucumbers and dressing.
In some cases it was a daily golf crew, with cliques like the Traveler’s Den and the Mulligan Sisters. For others, it was just to have a drink with friends at the bar, or to listen to live music on weekends.
I spoke with Benny, a historian and collector who, interested in the history of Kukuiolono Park, provided enlarged photographs for the café. I learned the golf course has been many things over the years, including a horse race track and a landing strip during WWII.
But let’s get to the food. Birdie’s features a daily breakfast buffet, full of Kaua‘i favorites such as Hawaiian sweetbread French toast, Portuguese sausage, fresh island fruit, eggs and bacon. There’s even an omelette bar. And fresh warm malasadas! Sometimes, when the line to tee off is a bit long, Birdie’s will take malasadas to the golfers.
Birdie’s also serves a great lunch menu of burgers and sandwiches, the best fare for a hungry golfer or dog walker. Thick onion rings, toasty bread, generous helpings of meats and cheeses, there is nothing pretentious about these sandies. And, of course, they are named after regular customers.