Wahoo! It’s the name of a fish and what you yell when you’re having fun and a great experience. So Decatur’s Wahoo! Grill
is aptly named. In this neighborhood restaurant, you will experience the best of Southern (with a European twist), fresh food with an emphasis on seafood. Located at 1042 West College Ave., near the East Lake MARTA station, Wahoo! Grill has something for everyone whether it’s an eclectic brunch, an intimate dinner or wine tasting with friends, but here are five reasons that will make everyone visit this intimate neighborhood favorite.
1. Flash-fried pimento cheese fritters. They are peanut free, tree nut free, egg free and shellfish free, but they are not free of a kick of hotness that makes you glad you’re in the South and the land of pimento cheese.
2. Butterscotch pot de crème. It’s worth fighting over so make sure you order one for everyone. We didn’t want to share at all, and even yielding a spoonful to our companion was more than we could stand. It’s that delicious. The creamy sweet flavor of butterscotch custard with hazelnut whipped cream lasts until the jolt of Maldon sea salt kicks in and you’re in heaven. Our companion had no complaints about his bread pudding, but the butterscotch pot de crème may be among the best desserts in all of Atlanta.
3. Batter up! The Southern fried chicken is just the way your mama made it — or at least the way she hoped to make it. Crispy and tasty on the outside and moist on the inside, the Springer Mountain chicken is served with milk gravy, mashed potatoes and braised mustard greens with bacon. Chef Scot E. Davis says one of the many secrets is completely washing out the brine before dipping in batter. Whatever — it works.
4. It’s fall friendly. Chef Davis is taking advantage of the fall vegetables and local sourcing to offer a selection of appetizers such as the hearty beef and chorizo chili with Brasstown beef, ancho chili, black beans, crisp corn chips and Manchego cheese and crunchy tuna tacos made with tuna crudo, apple-radish slaw and wasabi cream. For lighter options, the menu features the farmer’s fall salad with mixed greens, roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, cranberries and pumpkin seeds with apple cider vinaigrette. Additionally, several beloved entrees have received a seasonal update. These include the seared sea scallops with pumpkin seed vinaigrette, kale and white bean ragout; and grilled Scottish salmon with cilantro apple chutney, basmati rice and spiced roasted cauliflower.
5. Wednesday Wine Club! Make a reservation on the first Wednesday of each month and go over to test three to four wines and a perfecting pairing with each wine. Speaking of wine, every Thursday, bottles of wine are half off on bottles costing less than $45 and 25 percent off bottles that cost $46 and more.
These are just five reasons to go to Wahoo! Grill. We could mention the cozy indoor restaurant with the great bar or the outside patio with soft lights that makes you love the very sound of al fresco. Or the wahoo fish that arrives daily. Or… well you get the point. Find out the five things you love best about the Wahoo! Grill. (And, trust us, there are many more.)
Wahoo! Grill Hours:
Monday -Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.
Friday -Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.
Brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays until 3 p.m.Mary Welch is a veteran journalist who writes about travel, lifestyle and business. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Fulton County Daily Report and Family Vacation Critic.