The Monterey Grill: Wahoo!!

by Larry on June 7, 2010

montereymenu350pxJPG Say it, Fish-Burger. Go ahead, one more time, Fish-Burger. Now you’re getting the idea. It might be a little unnatural when you first utter it,  but, you’ll get the hang of it.

Any place you walk into these days that serves casual fare seems to have a fish taco on the menu. So why not a burger made of seafood? It’s healthy, light and potentially very interesting. It may not be a Hob Nob burger dripping with deliciousness, but, you probably won’t need a forty five minute nap after eating it either.

When you think about a burger made from fish some immediate possibilities come to mind. Salmon, grouper and mahi rise to the surface first. All of these would make excellent choices. But what about a few dark horse candidates?

The Monterey Grill, which is tucked between a salon and a specialty boutique on the north side of Paradise Plaza, has an idea of their own. Wahoo!!

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Wahoo (or as it is known in Hawaii, Ono), makes a fantastic fish taco. But, how would it hold up in a burger? I think we’re about to find out.

The day that I was there, Wahoo, was the burger of the day. It comes either Cajun, jerk or grilled. I wanted to keep it simple so I could taste the fish. I went for grilled.

The burger came with a side dish. And, just my luck, I could have a cup of soup as my side (we don’t have to go into detail again about my soup “problem”). Chicken Rice was the soup of the day, Slam dunk on that!

The burger and soup combo arrived. It was nicely grilled and had all of the usual burger accompaniments. It was topped with a remoulade sauce, which in this case, was really like a tarterish/mayoish spread. It worked great with the burger. It was all put together on a fresh and delicious bun.

The fish itself was nice and flaky. Initially, I was thinking that this was going to be like a grilled salmon patty. But, to my surprise it wasn’t. It was light, but, still flavorful and not packed down like a hockey puck like some turkey burgers can be.

As for the soup, it was a great starter for the meal. The rice had a super “fresh” taste. It was loaded with lots of veggies and chicken. It wasn’t like my Mom’s chicken soup. But, then again they didn’t have her special pot to work with.

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The Monterey Grill has a bright and airy decor and gives a good first impression. It’s casual ambiance invites people to have a great conversation along with their meal.

The Bottom Line: The Wahoo Burger at The Monterey Grill is a winner. A tasty lunchtime treat that won’t make the rest of your day seem like it’s moving in slow motion. You may not jump out of your seat and yell WAHOO!, but, if you did I would understand.

Monterey Grill
3800 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
941-366-0729

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