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Summertime Blues (Pelican’s Snoballs)

Summertime Blues (Pelican’s Snoballs)

The sticky heat of a North Carolina summer got you feeling down?

No problem! As summer enters its final hurrah, you may be running out of ways to beat the heat. Granted, Summer 2013 has been an unusually cool one but it doesn’t take much convincing for me,  I’ll always find an excuse to go visit Pelican’s Snoballs.  If New Orleans-style snow cones are your thing, you will LOVE Pelican’s.

The Pelican’s we frequent is the Cary location.  Right off of Jones-Franklin and Tryon Rd (a couple of blocks from Crossroads Plaza) is a little brick building.  Next to the building is a miniature golf course and swing set.  Both are owned by Pelican’s, so feel free to putt a round or two while you’re here (I believe it’s $5 a round, also keep in mind, not all Pelican’s have a mini golf course, I believe the one in Garner has one too.)

Mini Golf!

Mini Golf!

You may be excited by the mini golf, but the real reason to go to Pelican’s are the snow cones.  Made in true New Orleans fashion, they offer an extensive variety of flavors at an “easy-on-the-wallet” price.  I’m talking about $2 for a medium cone.  Yes, that’s right, $2.  So feel free to come back and try as many flavor combinations as you would like.  I usually stick with my favorite combo, guava and mango (they will mix flavors for you if you request it).  On this trip I tried the “Shark Attack,” in honor of Shark Week and my new favorite movie, Sharknado (jk…but not really…).

Sharknado!!! It even comes with a gummy shark! COOOOLLLL

Sharknado!!! It even comes with a gummy shark! COOOOLLLL

One last thing, if you find yourself South of the Beltline, the Cary, Apex, and Garner locations offer some EXCELLENT home-made ice cream.  I’m talking absolutely world class stuff.  I have never had ice cream this good.  Today we got the cookie dough.  I would also recommend my other favorites, cookies & cream and cookie monster.

My bro and some cookie dough (sorry for the bad focus)

My bro and some cookie dough (sorry for the bad focus)

There are many fine NC institutions (Bojangles, Cookout, Chargrill, Krispy Kreme) that are worthy of their local, and occasionally national, attention.  Pelican’s still seems to be on the outside looking in, at least in terms of “buzz” factor.  But that doesn’t mean you should sleep on this one.  Chances are, you haven’t given this place a try yet because its one of Raleigh’s best kept secrets.  With several locations scattered around the area, be sure to check out the closest one to you.  Pelican’s closes down during the winter months, so for these last few weeks of summer,  I’ll be at Pelican’s.

Decisions, decisions.

Decisions, decisions.



Ming Liu

Ming Liu, video producer by day, food blogger by night. Not a "foodie" in the traditional sense, his only training is watching healthy portions of Food Network with his girlfriend. And his love of good food. His tastes range from NC BBQ (he grew up in Raleigh) to authentic Chinese (where he was born) and everything in between. Join Ming as he explores the best food Raleigh has to offer.


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