By Anna-Marie Menhenott
MARTIN COUNTY -- From the moment guests arrive at Wahoo's Riverhouse Restaurant in Stuart, their dining experience is breathtaking.
The restaurant sits on the picturesque St. Lucie River and is accessible by both land and water. Boat docks are lined up against the restaurant easily making it the perfect stop after an afternoon on the water.
Panoramic views from the spacious dining area or the outside deck with stage area and bar leave patrons with a gorgeous setting and a breeze that accentuates the usually perfect Florida weather.
If the view and setting isn't enough, the food served at Wahoo's is phenomenal. The restaurant boasts fresh seafood and a quirky menu that is sure to make everyone smile.
When my guest and I arrived at Wahoo's, we were greeted by a friendly staff that made sure every aspect of our visit was enjoyable. We were seated next to an open window, with full view of the river, the boats and the breeze.
Our server, Melissa Stillman, suggested we try their famous Maryland Crab Balls as an appetizer. The golf-sized delights were big enough to be eaten with a knife and fork. They were full of herbs and spices, lumps of incredible crab meat and cheese and fried to perfection. They were served with a remoulade dipping sauce that combines perfectly with the tasty treat.
As soon as we finished the crab balls, we tried the Wahoo's wings. They can be made with buffalo sauce, parmesan garlic or with a fireworks sauce. They are served in a tin bucket, which adds a decorative flair to the delicious wings.
For our main course, my guest, a self-proclaimed burger connoisseur. tried a bacon cheeseburger with French fries. The juicy burger comes topped with a choice of cheeses and lettuce, tomato and onions with a pickle spear on the side. Not only was this an appealing burger on the plate, it was perfect to the palate.
I chose the blackened Mahi sandwich with onion rings. The large portion of fish was served on a kaiser roll with tartar sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. The fish was fresh and seasoned perfectly. I would definitely have this again during another trip to Wahoo's.
As we were relaxing after our meal, Ms. Stillman brought out two pieces of pina colada cake. The moist, yellow cake had a pineapple filling and was iced with a white frosting with coconut shavings. It was the perfect ending to a delicious meal.
Wahoo's Riverhouse Restaurant has daily lunch and dinner specials, a happy hour and live entertainment on the weekends. They also have a Sunday brunch special that features a bloody Mary bar and food specials.
For information about Wahoo's, directions, need to knows and times that they are open, visit www.wahoosriverhouse.com.