Rusty Pelican Cafe


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  • Huge menu
  • Family owned & operated
  • Supports local charities
  • Homemade dishes

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Dining out invigorates mundane routines, much like mowing the lawn blindfolded or returning a library book with a catapult. Perk up your palate with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare at The Rusty Pelican Cafe in Wallingford.

At The Rusty Pelican Cafe, owners Marilyn and Peter orchestrate fresh, homestyle fare. Stop in for breakfast at any time of day and let tongues test-drive the potato pancakes, three spud circles cozied up beside sausage links, applesauce, and sour cream ($10.45). Or, propel yourself over midday hurdles with a hearty lunch such as the beer-battered fish and chips ($10.25) or The Works burger made with bacon, mushrooms, avocado, and cheddar cheese ($11.45). Dinner options also abound—sample the chicken marsala, marinated in wine and mushroom sauce and served with rice and fresh veggies ($13.45) or honor the salty deep with the northwest seafood sauté, made with halibut and salmon in a wine cream sauce ($13.95). Wed any lonely entree with a glass of beer or wine or selection from the bar, and finish on a sweet note with a homemade dessert made fresh by Marilyn (selection changes daily).

With its pale sea-green brick walls, folksy furnishings, and free parking, the café provides comfy, cozy confines in which to reward bellies for keeping quiet during cinematic love scenes. Not content to support needy stomachs alone, The Rusty Pelican lends lunches to a number of local charities, which means diners can fill their second stomach compartment reserved exclusively for good deeds.


Five Google Mappers give The Rusty Pelican Cafe a 3.8-star average, 162 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, and 72% of Urbanspooners like it:

The Rusty Pelican Cafe

Peter and Marilyn¬ met while working at a steak house, then fanned the flames of foodie passion over more than 30 years of marriage—all of which they've spent working in and owning restaurants. Their labor of love resulted in The Rusty Pelican Cafe, where Peter mans the kitchen dishing up all-day breakfasts, seafood, and pasta and their twin daughters help run the restaurant. A few specialties hint at Peter's childhood in Greece, but the bulk of the menu is rooted in Americana: old-fashioned burgers, new york strip steaks, and two-scoop ice-cream sodas topped with whipped cream and a cherry. The sprawling menu helps even the most diverse groups of eaters all settle on a dish, whether burger-lover, vegetarian, or allergic to breakfast.

While naming the café's omelets the Best of 2009, Seattle Weekly noted that "[c]eramic pigs, potted plants, and I Love Lucy memorabilia occupy every flat surface" in the café. Amid this nostalgic décor, the kitchen flips up crepes, pancakes, and scramblers at any hour to help awaken taste buds and disorient crowing roosters.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed the lunch I had at your restaurant. The fish & chips were great! - as good as the server said! My only disappointment was that the menu said it came with coleslaw which I love and thought would be a good balance since the rest of the meal is fried but was told after getting our food that you don't have coleslaw. Not a huge deal but you should take it off the menu. Thanks!
Lorelei A. · July 18, 2013
It was a really great experience. Brandy, our server, was a real gem. She brought things that kept the kids busy, to avoid meltdowns. She knew and liked the items on the menu. I was pleasantly surprised at how great out experience was there. And I can't say enough how great and attentive brandy was. And she was so nice too.
Holland C. · April 16, 2013
great neighborhood place. keep up the good work!
Laurel H. · March 26, 2013
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    1924 N 45th St.

    Seattle, Washington 98103

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