Pelican Café

The best thing about Pelican Café is that they have their own beach right on the river. That’s right; take your shoes off, dig your toes into the sand, and relax at a picnic table as you enjoy the view of the river and the bridge from right next to the boardwalk any time of the day or night. Well, for lunch or dinner, that is.

The food was pretty good, too. We arrived later in the evening when the dinner crowd had thinned out and the sun had gone down and the bridge was all lit up. It was lovely and relaxing. Our server was moderately pleasant, but not overly friendly and didn’t seemed thrilled that we didn’t know if or when some friends would be joining us.

Check out http://www.pelicancafeandbeach.com/Photos.html for some great pictures of the restaurant and view.

I had the Krueger Creek Salad, mixed greens with goat cheese, apples, mandarin orange and candied walnut. Because, man, if I’m going to munch on lettuce, those are of a few of the toppings I can’t resist. My husband had the blackened mahi sandwich with fries. Both meals were delicious, though I would have preferred dried cranberries on my salad instead of oranges. But that’s beside the point. The amount of goodies on the greens was just right, but I wouldn’t have minded a larger salad for the price.

The mahi sandwhich was moist and perfectly seasoned and the fries were tasty (though not as delightful as my still favorites from Mulligans). Neither were too salty. When our friends did show up (right before closing time which did not please our waitress, though she tried to act like it didn’t and there were still quite a few people sitting around us drinking and munching). They offered that the conch fritters and sweet potato fries were enjoyable, as well.

Overall, the experience at this outdoor restaurant was enjoyable, especially since we love outdoor dining. Prices were reasonable and comparative to other casual dining restaurants in the area. Pelican Café also hosts events like full moon parties and live bands, the schedule for which can be found on their website, pelicancafeandbeach.com.

So if you’re looking for a relaxing place to dine out of doors, on the deck or in the sand, kick back a few drinks, and enjoy the view from under the bridge, give Pelican Café a try!

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