100 Favorite Dishes: No. 3 -- Seared Wahoo from 3030 Ocean
No. 3: Seared Wahoo from 3030 Ocean
The amazing thing about Fort Lauderdale's 3030 Ocean is the deftness with which the restaurant puts local seafood and produce on display. Take the seared wahoo, for example. Wahoo is a glorious local fish, meaty and flavorful. The problem is wahoo is lean, and where most chefs go wrong is in cooking the thick filets until they clench up like angry fists. Not so at 3030 Ocean, where Dean Max and company prepare their local wahoo the true Floridian way: seared lightly so the outside develops flavor, but beautifully raw inside, so that the pristine, lean pink flesh can really shine. The fleshy wahoo has a marvelous texture, like the very best sashimi. And it's paired with a rotating array of accompaniments, each highlighting the fish's strengths. You'll almost never get the same preparation twice: Some nights, that translates to a summery succotash of fresh Florida corn (in season, of course) and tender spring peas. On others it means brown sugar carrot puree with green mango salad. But there is always one certainty: it will be a fantastic meal.
3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale
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