We are always on the lookout for good places to eat near the Kimmel Center/Avenue of the Arts. Well, we just found another one!
We had a lovely dinner at Pelican Fish, on Locust just W. of 13th - I think where Girasole used to be.
Our food was excellent. My husband had the oyster sampler, which he thoroughly enjoyed. I had the day's special appetizer ($9): smoked trout and ricotta ravioli, done crisply and in a lemony sauce. Great! There were three large raviolis, and I gave one to my husband. Maybe you have to like smoked trout (which I do) but this was a winner.
For entrees, I had the crab cake - excellent, large, all crabmeat - and my husband had the scallops, which I liked even better. The descriptions of the dishes are on their website, which is below. There are only about a dozen appetizere and a dozen entrees; what they do, they do well.
Service was above ordinary. My husband spilled his very good martini when he was about 3/4 finished it; Josh, our server, didn't cover the cloth but instead removed everything, wiped the table, and set us up with a clean tablecloth. A few minutes letter, another martini arrived. Now that's class!
The desserts are homemade, but we were too full.
Ambience: an attractive room, comfortable space. It wasn't crowded the night we were there, so I couldn't judge the noise level.
We have been disappointed lately with Sansom St. Oyster House, and their prices have escalated. Estia, which we liked very much, is more of an evening's destination place.
McCormick and Schmick has good, fresh fish at reasonable prices; chain or not, they do a good job.
But I think that Pelican Fish will be the place to satisfy our seafood/fish craving.
I'll be interested to hear other people's opinions.