500BestSquareWhole Crispy Flounder @ Pelican Club

The Pelican Club has built its large and enthusiastic clientele by steering away from the overly cerebral endeavors of the other five-star restaurants and performing magnificent versions of some very familiar local dishes. This is a perfect example. A big flounder (fish this size are called “doormats” in the business) gets fried, just like it was a million times in the heyday of West End. Then the chef adds his distinctiveness, with scallops and shrimp, with a sauce made of chili pepper and citrus puree. It’s also great panneed with crabmeat. You need only ask.

Whole flounder with shrimp, the most popular dish at the Pelican Club.

Pelican Club. French Quarter: 615 Bienville. 504-523-1504.

This is among the 500 best dishes in New Orleans area restaurants. Click here for a list of the other 499.

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