I took my cousin for her birthday. The food was excellent and so was the service. Tanzanika elevates some of great home cooking. Nothing tops natural talent. The food is excellent.
I had catch-of-the-day fish fried to a crispy golden brown, a green salad, fries, a Barq's root beer in the antique bottle, and I finished with pound cake. Fresh ingredients, expert seasoning (not overly-salted but flavorful!), and beautiful plating all make eating at Pelican Bay a treat. Next time I hope to try something from the bar and the pizza, which people keep telling me is delicious.
While there I also met Tanzanika's mother who helps out, and learned many of the dishes on the menu have ties to their family recipes. I must assume the macaroni and cheese is one of those. It's scrumptious, and I don't say that about just any mac 'n cheese, not greasy but delectably cheesy. Not a Stouffer's restaurant bake but the real Southern thing.
On a return visit for a night of poetry and music, I tried the wings and daquiris. Both are winners.
Finally, the prices are reasonable. I look forward to a third visit.
1701 Elysian Fields Avenue, (504) 940-1111.
You may also enjoy a feature about this restaurant at NOLA.com.