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Wahoo Seafood Grill

Wahoo Seafood Grill

Woo-Hoo! Wahoo's has excellent seafood

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

WHsfThe Wahoo's Seafood Grill in west Gainesville, just across the I-75 overpass on NW 39th Ave, is making quite a statement about seafood with busy lunch hours and very tasty fried prawns, bi-valves, and fish filets amid a menu that literally has a lunch favorite for everyone.

UF Entomology and Nematology lunch pal Jane Medley was celebrating her birthday with a free lunch from former ENTO-Nema staffer Kathy Milne and the GLOB Master.


WHdiningWoo-Hoo. What a great choice of a lunch stop that isn't ordinarily on my radar screen. I have heard rave reviews about their seafood, plus it was great talking to Wahoo's owner Sean Sheppard and catching up on the latest restaurant news.

I'm thinking this is the third restaurant that has ventured occupancy in this old "Welcome to Gainesville" interstate welcome station building.


WHcondimentsThe bulding appears larger on the outside that in does on the inside, which is equally divided into a bar area and a dining area with fewer tables than you think.

Wahoo's Seafood Grill might be somewhat of a misnomer in that I was surprised to see some very delicious sounding meat and potato entrees like chicken and dumplings and chicken and sausage jambalaya for a very reasonable lunchtime price of $6.99.

Wahoo's has their lunchtime seafood divided into three categories:


zzGLOBbullet  RAW or STEAMED: Oysters are sold by the dozen. Crawfish, crab, and peel-and-eat Gulf shrimp are sold by the pound.

zzGLOBbullet  BOATHOUSE: For the seafood-platter person. In addition to oyster, crawfish, and shrimp platters, there are also fish & chips, chicken tenders, and combo platters for a reasonable lunch price.


 BOILS: These entrees serve at least two people and there are 5 options -- low country, shrimp and snow crab, swamp, crawfish, and snow crab, all of which come with low country potatoes and corn for $44.99.

There is a complete Wahoo's menu at the restaurant link below.


WHshrimpPOboy350As usual, I was already thinking about a giant shrimp po' boy sandwich. Happily I wasn't disappointed with the Woo-Hoo, er, uh Wahoo's Po' Boy sandwich I ordered. The Po' Boys are available with fried shrimp, oysters, or crawfish with six side orders to choose from. I lovingly considered the Wahoo French fries, however the Mac & Cheese, Sautéed Okra, Creamed Collards, and Cold Kale Salad all sounded more disbetes friendly. .

This was a good sandwich with many plump, medium size shrimp fried crustaceans intermingled with some appealing looking baby tomatoes. The sub roll bread was toasted perfectly.  My sandwich also included a very nice homemade, tangy, remoulade sauce.

Growing up in Melbourne, Florida close to Cape Canerval, it was always a big occassion when my dad trekked off to Port Canaveral to bring back pounds of fresh caught jumbo size shrimp. The seafood vendors bragged about guaranteeing six headless shrimp to a pound.


020315Shrimp1Obviousley those days are gone but I often think back to when a mouthful of juicy, plump, ocean fresh tasting shrimp came from just one plump prawn.  Unfortunately for me it now appears a bite of fried seafood is comprised of 55% fried batter, and 45% shrimp. I'm a big guy, I take big bites, I want more shrimp portein in my crunch.  Thinking about it, maybe I should start eating my shrimp boiled to enjoy to the fresh ocean protein flesh more.  the French fries were crunchy and good. 

This Southern boy loves his okra. I have never heard of sautéed okra before. That sounds like it is worth a try and Is reason enough to go back.


WHShrimpPlateLong-time friend Kathy Milne followed suit with a very nice-looking plate of Fried Shrimp. Ms. Milne lives outside of Alachua and has visited Wahoo's several times coming in and out of town. She suggested to S. Sullivan that an investment in some new high chairs for the bar area would be a good idea.


WHtacosJane Medley, our Birthday Girl, went a different route and was very pleased with her Fish Tacos, which included fried or grilled fish, sliced cabbage, spicy aioli, shredded cheese, and pico de gallo.

Woo-Hoo! Thinking about it after writing that I already know fish tacos and sautéed okra will be my next Wahoo lunch order.


WHdessertThe birthday girl selected a delicious slice of key lime all three of us shared, and of course being the gentlemen I made them force me to eat the last bite of pie standing. The pie was excellent, albeit a little on the too cold, just thawed out this morning side.

Sean Shepperd has a good thing going on here just across the interstate. With a lot of very appetizing lunch adventures on the menu, this lunch trip was well worth the travel time.

The Pluses and Minuses of the Wahoo Seafood Grill

Wahoo Seafood Grill + indicators: Excellent fried seafood, unique side items, varied menu.

Wahoo Seafood Grill - indicators: A Wahoo helicopter pad and "chopper lunch time patron pick up and return" sounds like fun lunch time idea to shorten the drive to Wahoo's. . .

Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Wahoo Seafood Grill.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!

Last modified onThursday, 17 January 2019 04:04

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 225-3922
  • Address: 3833 NW 97th Blvd., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: West Gainesville
  • Latitude: 29.688455
  • Longitude: -82.449115

1 comment

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    ... Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:28 Comment Link

    Love Wahoo's! Only place to get wonderful oysters on the half shell, yummy! Have eaten there several times and love their food.

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