Best Place to Watch the Game in Jackson: Pelican Cove Grill

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Best Place to Watch the Game, Part 1: Pelican Cove Grill

The View from The Pelican looking out on the Reservoir

Pelican Cove Grill, Ridgeland’s tropical bar and grill, is located at 3999-A Harbor Walk Drive, Ridgeland on the Reservoir.  It has the best views in the Metro.

The Pelican, while not new, but not old either, already has a loyal following.  The feel and air of Pelican Cove Grill takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the Metro. It has the feel of a tropical location and it is captured well.

We stopped in for the early game this past Sunday, our own New Orleans Saints versus the Washington Redskins.

The Food. We tried the blue crab claws, coconut shrimp, gumbo, chicken tenders and sides.  The crab claws came out first, hot and plenty of them with a side of cocktail sauce.  They were good, but nothing special.  The coconut shrimp were good.  Large, butterflied shrimp fried golden in a crisp coconut flake breading.  The shrimp were very good.  However, they came with a dipping sauce of what I believe to be apple sauce, pineapple juice, coconut flake and red pepper.  The sauce was weird and not an enhancement to the shrimp.  Eat the shrimp; ditch the sauce.

The gumbo was very flavorful, rich and gumbo-y. The gumbo itself has a consistency almost gravy like, had chunks of sausage and was spiced right. The chicken tenders were not your typical tenders from most joints.  They were larger and had a higher quality look, feel and taste. They needed some salt, which we added. Fries were fine, a little thicker than your usual fry, but good.

Bottom line: the food is a good variety of tasty bar food. But nothing super gourmet here.

The drinks were cold and a pretty good selection of bottled beer was available.

The Service. The service was friendly but slow.  They did experience a large influx of patrons in a relatively short period of time, and it was one of the single most beautiful days in the history of Mississippi since becoming a state in 1817. (See, these stories can also be educational.) Perfect temperature, slight breeze and no humidity made the wait pleasant. The view of the reservoir and the peaceful and tranquil setting are hard to beat. However, had it been the weather of two weeks ago, there would have been some grumbling.

The Game. Pelican Cove Grill had at least 3 TV’s outside tuned to the Saints game. They also had live music during the game. It was Acoustic Diesel 255, who was fantastic, by the way.  You should check them out as they will be there regularly, but if you went to watch the game and hear the commentators, it wasn’t going to happen. But who does that anyway? The crowd was big and very casual; several patrons arrived in boats and swimming trunks. No shoes, no shirt, no problem.


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Pelican Cove Grill
3999-A Harbor Walk Dr.
Ridgeland, MS 39157
(601) 605-1865
Price: $

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6 Responses to Best Place to Watch the Game, Part 1: Pelican Cove Grill

  1. Megan September 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Nothing makes a meal better than a great water view.

  2. Scott September 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Can’t wait to check this spot out for a game!

  3. GoodGuyGreg September 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Love pelican cove – get there early if you’re going to watch the game – it’s small, small.

  4. Jayne Jackson September 21, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    I love this place! My kids feel at home on the dance floor when my brother, Clay Caldwell, is in town playing a gig here! The manager guy is like the Magnum P.I. of the Rez!

    The salad with the seared fish comes with the dressing already on the side: Yes, Please You can balance the calories with one of the pink frozen drinks. Just so you know, I never drink pink drinks other than a dry Rose’. Well, not in public. I also would never order a frozen drink, because that is usually a TF to the bartender. What ever they call that pink frozen thing is not too sweet and poured from a machine that makes it taste more like sorbet. I tell myself, “It’s a fruit smoothie that makes me giggle.” #SundayFunday

  5. msu_scrappy September 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I wouldn’t pick it as a place to watch a game, given I’m a big sports fan, but the tv’s will provide an avenue for a guy wanting to check the score or catch a few plays while enjoying the nite out with friends.

    However, I definitely would pick it as a great place to hang out, day or nite, and enjoy the water and listen to music or just chill and relax.

    I love that they offer the Bushwhacker (tastes like a chocolate milkshake with alcohol for those not familiar). For those who prefer there frozen drinks fruity, go with the Pink Pelican (some think it is a bit coconutty so ask for a sample first), and some guys don’t like drinking a big pink drink.

    The fried pickle spears aren’t the best in the world (still ok) but none-the-less props to them for serving fried pickles the way they are meant to be served (in spears, not chips).

    The beer selection is average, slightly better than Bud & Bud Light, with the inclusion Abita and Sam Adams and other offerings, but not enough to enthuse a craft beer fan.


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