We have dined at Pelican's for many years, and endured the highs and lows of the past, but Manager Jimmy Diaz has consistently "raised the bar" and has the food and service "firing on all cylinders". Freshness and quality of the seafood are exceptional for land-locked El Paso. As examples, Jimmy's bringing in Blue-point oysters (mild and delicious), Chilean sea-bass that is sweet and succulent, ahi and swordfish that is firm-textured, moist, and with no tell-tale hints of unpleasant aroma or mushiness that can signal lack of freshness and improper handling. I recently sampled the blackened roughy, and again was impressed with the preparation and flavor of the dish. I can't remember the last time I had a fish preparation here that was either under- or over-cooked; the kitchen staff has been spot-on.
Aside from the normal baked-potato and rice side dishes, additional side offerings include sweet-potato fries that are impeccably prepared, and a mac'n cheese side that is decadent with a creamy cheese sauce topped with a crispy top crust. This provides welcome variety for frequent patrons.
The service staff has been friendly, attentive, and consistent. The bar staff is also turning out consistently good drinks, properly prepared without skimping on the spirits (martinis are particularly good!)
The few small complaints: booths are a tad tight, some areas are very dark, and in our opinion, the markups on the limited wine list are way too high. Sometimes the live entertainment is intrusive for us, especially since we really enjoy the restaurant for unwinding with a good meal and conversation.
For a consistently good meal, especially for fish, Pelican's is hands-down the best choice in El Paso.
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