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Pelican Club, Cape May, NJ (long)

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Pelican Club, Cape May, NJ (long)

Sharon | Aug 30, 2005 07:53 PM

Just a warning to anyone who's planning to dine at the Pelican Club: DON'T. Go to another restaurant (I recommend Tisha's or the Ebbitt Room).

The Pelican Club has been one of our favorites ever since it opened. It's become the traditional "first night" dinner. Trouble started with the wine list. It used to be good. Extensive with interesting wines. Now, it's about a dozen whites and a dozen reds. Nothing interesting. When I questioned the waiter, he questioned the manager, who sent the message that they had picked wines that best "matched" their cuisine. Gee, the manager didn't even bother to come over....

Appetizers (salad and seafood spring rolls) were okay. Good croutons on the salad. Spring rolls were a bit overcooked, but edible.

The trouble really started with the entrees. We had the seafood pasta and the asparagus/mushroom risotto. The pasta came out cold. We sent it back and they had re-heated it I think they microwaved it. The waiter said they "sauteed" it. Either way, it was a leftover.

The "risotto" was made with over-cooked and bland long-grained rice. The asparagus and mushrooms looked good, but didn't have any flavor. Nothing had any flavor. I've had better stuffed out of the frozen food bin.

We asked the waiter if there was a new chef. He said no. (We later found out that was a lie. The chef has departed.) We pushed out entrees aside, told the waiter we weren't looking for a free meal, and finished our wine.

The waiter came back and said the chef wanted to know what we didn't like about our meals. We explained in detail. The waiter disappeared. When he returned, he said the chef and manager were discussing it in the kitchen. Since we hadn't eaten our entrees, they didn't charge us for them. (Which was the right thing to do, even if we didn't ask.)

We left. A few days later we learned that the Pelican Club is in its last season; it's going to be turned into condos. The chef is gone. And the wine has gone back to the Washington Inn (which has the same owners).

My advice is to stay away. Don't waste your money. The view's great, so go for a sunset drink. Then go eat in a restaurant that's serving good, honest food!

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