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Mar 15, 2012 08:36 AM

Pelican Seafood in Annandale?

Does anyone know anything about this place? The location used to be a butcher shop. I noticed this morning that the place appears open with a sign outside stating there is a lunch buffet for 5.99 or 6.99. This is in the middle of many Korean restaurants. There may also be a reference to Chinese food. Just wondering if anyone knows anything.

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  1. I was heading in that direction today so I stopped in there for lunch. No buffet, the $5.95 banner is for the 34 lunch specials - entree with soup (wonton, egg drop, or hot and sour) and rice.

    There isn't a lot of seafood on the menu - just about everything with shrimp, fried seafood platters with oysters, scallops, squid, and fish. They have steamed crabs, currently $15/half dozen for boys and $13 for girls (the crabs, that is, not the eaters), snow crab legs, and the only Chinese crab - with ginger and onion. They also have (on the menu anyway) duck - Peking, Roast, and Crispy, $13 for half, $25 for whole.

    It's order at the counter, with a few tables. Real plates and metalware (you have to ask for chopsticks). Lots of take out business. The menu is nearly, maybe exactly identical except for the name, to that of Hong Kong Express, which is a couple of doors down from the Lake Barcroft Harris Teeter Even the same round "Chinese Food" neon sign in the window, and the same chicken wings. I usually eat at Hong Kong Express before shopping at H-T to keep me from buying too much). In fact I think I recognized one of the cooks at Pelican as being from Hong Kong Express. Even the photos of the dishes above the ordering counter are the same as HKExperess, which has had some changes recently (though not to the menu or, it seems, to the cooking). Maybe there was a split and this is the "second coming."

    Anyway, it's a passable cheap lunch. I had the shredded pork with garlic sauce. Could have had a little more garlic, and a little less, I think, hoisin, as it was a bit sweet.

    It's certainly not a destination restaurant. If you're a chowhound and are in that area, you'll probably be after Korean food and Pelican Seafood is no reason to detour from that mission. But it's OK if you want a quick, cheap lunch that's Chinese-ish.

    For the GPS-dependent, the address is 7327 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. We once had a chowhound dinner gathering at a Korean place that's just behind it with a completely unpronounceable (and that, for me, means unrememberable and unspellable) name, but I'll bet Steve knows what I'm talking about and can spell it.

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