Rachel’s Restaurant Reviews – The Pelican’s Reef

The Pelican's Reef Bacon Cheeseburger

Welcome to a new segment: Rachel’s Restaurant Reviews. These will mostly be Cincinnati restaurant reviews, although there may be some from the Newport and Covington areas, as well.

I always want to visit new restaurants, but I’m usually so busy that I never have time to do it. That, on top of the fact that our 19-month-old doesn’t like to be strapped down to a high chair for very long. Either way, last weekend, we decided to check out a place called The Pelican Reef.

My husband, Cameron’s, family lives a little over 3 hours away from us. Whenever they come to visit, we usually go out to eat. Normally, we try to find a “cool,” unique place that we’ve never been to. The Pelican’s Reef seemed like the perfect place.

Initially, I wasn’t really that into going, because with a name like “The Pelican’s Reef,” I assumed they only served sea food. The only sea food I like is beer battered cod, which I’m not really sure how much that counts as sea food. With all the delicious breading and ketchup that I slather all over it, I’m barely even tasting anything that came from the sea.

Anyway, my assumption was wrong. They literally have everything from pasta to chicken strips to burgers. Since I’m a self-proclaimed bacon cheeseburger connoisseur, that’s what I ordered. A plain bacon cheeseburger connoisseur, to be exact. The last thing I need on my burger is some vegetables. It’s not a salad. It’s a greasy, cheesy, bacony (not a word), unhealthy, amazing sandwich.

The Pelican's Reef Bacon Cheeseburger

The Pelican’s Reef Bacon Cheeseburger

Now, if you would’ve asked me before, I would’ve told you that there was no way a non-greasy hamburger could be good. I’m used to grease literally dripping down my face, which I hate, but that’s usually a sign that the burger is good. However, I was wrong again. It wasn’t greasy and it was still good. The burger was juicy without causing me to ruin my makeup, and the bacon (this is very important) was also very crisp and not fatty! I hate fatty bacon.

The Pelican's Reef Strawberry Margarita

The Pelican’s Reef Strawberry Margarita

Because I can’t go anywhere that serves alcohol and not get alcohol, I ordered a strawberry margarita. I’m not gonna lie. It was a little strong. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, though. I obviously don’t want to pay for an alcoholic beverage with barely any alcohol in it, so if I didn’t taste the alcohol, I probably would’ve been disappointed.

Cameron got the crab cakes and loved them. Although, we aren’t sure if he ordered the appetizer or the actual meal. All he had was two, small crab cakes, and it didn’t come with any sides. We ordered chicken strips and fries for our son, Liam, but he is a picky eater and ate his grandpa’s sweet potato fries instead. Also, this is worth noting: The cook burnt Liam’s food the first time around and remade it, so it look a little longer for us to get his food. They completely waived his food from the bill, though, so that was awesome!

Will we go again? Yes. Cameron has already declared our family a “Pelican’s Reef Family.” It definitely has a fun atmosphere. You feel like you’re in a beach town, when in reality, you’re in Cincinnati and it’s been cloudy and rainy for two weeks straight. What could possibly be better than tricking your mind into believing you’re eating in a restaurant on a beach? Even if you’re only tricking yourself for an hour or two?

Let me know if you’ve ever been there! This weekend, Cameron’s mom is coming to visit and we’re most likely going to an Italian restaurant in Newport. Can you guess which one? Hint: Rain Man was filmed there.

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