While Ecco was my idea, my mom was determined to take me to one of her new favorites, the Wahoo Grill in Decatur. We went there with my Aunt and sat outside on the packed patio. The outdoor seating is really fantastic- warm and rustic.
We started with both the tuna tartare:
And the fried green tomatoes:
The Hawaiian Ahi tuna tartare came with cucumber citrus slaw, wasabi cream, and basil oil toast points. All of the accompaniments were tasty, but I prefer to eat my tartare without toasts. The tartare had a nice spice to it, but it was overwhelmed with vinegar and the chunks of tuna were largely cubed, which I found to be kind of unpleasant in my mouth. I like better the texture of thinly sliced sashimi, or very finely chopped tuna.
The fried green tomatoes were tasty, but my Aunt thought that hers are better! I've never tried hers, so I thought that these were pretty delicious. I did agree with her criticism that the breading wasn't fried enough, but she thought the addition of red sauce on top was strange, whereas I thought it was a really great element to the dish. The tomatoes were also at just the right peak of ripeness.
For my main, I had to have the grill's namesake, the Wahoo:
The texture was that of a thoroughly cooked piece of tuna. It is meaty and not at all flaky, like salmon or sea bass. These wahoo medallions were served with salsa verde, buttermilk mashed tomatoes, and sugar snap peas. This was the first time I had ever had wahoo, and it was nice to have something completely different in a fish dish. I found the taste relatively mild, but it was complimented well by the light salsa verde and the extremely creamy mashed potatoes. The sugar snap peas were also unusually memorable. Normally, a "vegetable of the day" doesn't grab me, and instead serves as a boring plate filler. But these snap peas were an exception. They were dressed with a light, peppery vinaigrette and then grilled until they were infused with flavor and slightly withered on the outside.
My mom had the salmon blt with crispy potato cakes (which I didn't try):
And my Aunt had the rainbow trout:
The rainbow trout was cornmeal dredged, topped with pesto butter and sugared pecans and had white cheddar grits and those yummy sugar snap peas. This was a very southern dish, with a little bit of a modern twist with the pesto. The pesto mixed well with the sweet breading on the trout, and I think this should be another signature dish of the Wahoo grill!
Then we all split the blackberry cobbler:
I wish the cobbler had had more topping (because, not so secretly, the softly browned top of a cobbler is always my favorite) and, I must admit, it definitely needed more sugar. In things like apple pie and apple cobbler, I think less is more when it comes to sugar, but because blackberries are so very tart, more sugar is the way to go. Or, there should be a lot of topping because that helps to balance the tartness as well. I preferred the desserts my mom and I made the next day, which I'll be writing about shortly!