Perhaps Max's most acclaimed dish is local salt-block-seared wahoo, an entrée well worth the $32 price for its succulence, texture, and fresh, rare interior. The dish is flanked by seasonal accompaniments — on this night, sour apple, celery root, citrus foam, and a hipster nod to pork-belly-fried rice.

Back at the bar, the man who queried the chef talks about stone crabs, priced on this day at $18 per claw. "Do you even like those?" the man asks the diner next to him. "I know they're a delicacy, but I don't understand why I'd pay so much for something that I'm underwhelmed by," he says. "Besides, I'd rather stick to things I know."

Max must often cater to a conservative clientele in the confinement of straightforward environs. Max says that "great, simple food" does well in this market, and he has defined the menu accordingly, even as it changes daily according to what's in season and available.

3030 Ocean's  $15 grilled octopus with Dutch potatoes and an arugula salad.
3030 Ocean's $15 grilled octopus with Dutch potatoes and an arugula salad.

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3030 Ocean Restaurant

3030 Holiday Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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3030 Ocean Restaurant, Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-4000.

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Simple foods, such as $16 bacon-basted diver scallops and $15 grilled octopus with Dutch potatoes and an olive-fennel salad, grace the first courses. They are items that may be familiar in name but likely not in quality, hence the price that's well above similar dishes at less-formal restaurants.

Max credits a loyal clientele for his success. Yet he emphasizes change ahead. As more people start paying attention to chef-focused menus and become educated about the farm-to-table ethos, "the dining market in this area is wide open," he says.

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michaelinmiami
michaelinmiami

thanks for a good review not strewn with un-important personal tastes comments like Lee Klien gives.

Just keep writing like all food reviewers should write....stating what one might find when they go to a restaurant.

 
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