Fried flounder and new seafood take-out in Oak Island


by Liz Biro

Some of the best food news comes from Oak Island, where Pelican Seafood owners Tony and Jeanne-Darc Wehbe are opening their second location by Easter and serving a common fish in an unconventional way.

Pelican Seafood II, in the previous Beverage Barn (6235 Oak Island Dr.), will offer a fresh seafood market and seafood sandwiches and meals like the original Pelican Seafood(4322 Long Beach Road, Southport/Oak Island). The new shop, however, will have take-out and drive-thru service rather than sit-down service. Additionally, fresh produce and other groceries will be available.


One bite and you'll be hooked on Pelican's fried flounder.

Pelican serves some the area’s best fried seafood and seafood dishes, including a cool fried flounder I sampled recently. Nothing new about this fish or serving it fried. Fried flounder is as common around here as bathing suits on the beach. But Chef Tony cuts the whole, bone-in fish horizontally, producing chunks you can hold with both hands and bite into like fried chicken drumsticks.

The Wehbes’ also do fat crab cakes, so good that they took second place in the 2009 StarNews’ Port City Foodies blog Crab Cake Challenge. Pelican’s crab cakes missed the top spot by just two votes. Recently, their thick, bacon-rich clam chowder took third place in the N.C. 4th of July Festival Chowder Cook-off, a fund-raiser for Southport’s annual 4th of July Festival.

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