I went to the Ilwaco/Long Beach for an overnight thsi past weekend and looked up restaurants. I found Pelicano and I am glad I did. It is right across from the boat harbor in Ilwaco. It is subtely lit, very nicely decorated, the tables are nicely set with nice stemware etc. The staff is extremely pleasant and professional. All of that was great but the food, chef and the kitchen staff are superb! For an appetizer I had a "small" crab cake. It was very generous and loaded with Dungeness crab with just the bare amount of binder to hold it toegther. It was excellent. I had the King salmon served on a bed of baby carrots and brazed cabbage. Whatever the sauce or spices the carrots and cabbage were cooked in was excellent. The salmon was cooked to perfection! It was moist, tender and not even the slighest bit overcooked and I am a stickler about overcooked and ruined fish. As a single diner, the wines by the glass were very nice and the price per glass and that of drinks was more than fair. It apparently has been open 5 years and I hope they continue to do well. While I could be wrong, for location, setting, value and excellent food, I doubt there is anything that rivals it in the area. I wish them well!
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