Wow, what a weekend! My wife surprised me with an indoor skydiving adventure at Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving in Raeford, NC. We had a blast (we will do a separate review on that experience) but for this one, I am going to talk about my surprise dining experience at The Blind Pelican Seafood House in Holly Springs, North Carolina.
I had been following The Blind Pelican Seafood House on Facebook for some time, and their extravagant seafood arrangements had caught my eye. I was determined to have the opportunity to dine there, and my wife made that happen.
Kudos to my wife for pulling off an amazing surprise! As we pulled into the restaurant, I was momentarily stumped until she asked, "Do you know what this place is?" It then dawned on me - this was the restaurant I had mentioned to her only once, quite some time ago. I was impressed that she remembered and made it happen.
When we arrived, we were greeted with friendly smiles and told that the wait was about an hour. But, no worries, we decided to pop over to Lows Grocery Store and grab a Pilsner Beer to pass the time. The wait was shorter than expected, and we were soon seated by Audrey, who was full of energy and smiles.
Our Server Anna
Our server, Anna, was also fantastic and made the entire dining experience great.
Anna was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and asked if it was our first time. We told her that we found The Blind Pelican Seafood House on Facebook, and she was quick to wish me a happy birthday. It was my birthday weekend, and I couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate.
The Dining Experience
Let's talk about the food. To kick things off, the kids had Shirley Temples with a fun addition - a toy shark filled up with cherry syrup which kicked off the fun aka Feeding Frenzy. I had a Smoked Old Fashioned, which was epic. It tasted like it just came out of the smoker, and the Woodford Reserve was the perfect match.
Smoked Old Fashion - The Blind Pelican - Holly Springs, NC
For starters, our daughter enjoyed a half-order of steamed oysters, and my wife and daughter also shared an amazing Spinach Salad. The Spinach salad came with Spinach, tomato, onion & croutons served with hot bacon dressing. Our son enjoyed the Classic Cheeseburger with Beacon cooked to perfection, medium-well.
But, let's be real; I came for the seafood. And The Blind Pelican Seafood House did not disappoint. I had the main event...The Zeus!
The Zeus was a towering Bloody Mary with shrimp skewer, bacon, grilled cheese, lobster tail, 1lb of crab legs, a 6oz filet mignon (cooked medium rare & 100% perfect). I also added Scallops, Grilled Shrimp, Gator Bites and a dozen BeauSoleil raw oysters.
Let me just say, the Zeus is not for the faint of heart. But, if you're a seafood lover like me, you will be in heaven. Everything was cooked to perfection, and the presentation was stunning. It was a feast fit for a king, or in this case, a birthday boy. And the fact that everything lived up to the hype on their Facebook page? I was beyond impressed.
I have to commend The Blind Pelican Seafood House for providing a dining experience that was not only delicious but also fun and memorable. The Feeding Frenzy with the toy shark was a hit with the kids, and the overall vibe of the restaurant was inviting and energetic. And, let's not forget about the fantastic service provided by Anna and Audrey.
I have to say that The Blind Pelican Seafood House exceeded our expectations 100%. It was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday weekend, and I can't wait to go back. If you're in the Holly Springs area and are looking for a seafood feast, The Blind Pelican Seafood House is a must-visit.
To learn more about The Blind Pelican Seafood House you can visit them online at https://www.blindpelicanseafood.com or better yet, just drop in (note: they do not accept reservations) at 120 Bass Lake Rd, Holly Springs, NC 27540. Have questions for them, give them a call at 984-225-2471.