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Miracolo says he's incorporating foods from farmers he met while at Max's: Produce is delivered weekly from Swank Farms in Loxahatchee. Pork comes from the lauded Fudge Family Farms in Alabama. Beef is sourced from Creekstone Farms in Kansas.
He'd like to use more local farmers, he says, but demand for local products has skyrocketed, making it difficult for Florida farmers to meet everyone's needs.
"We make sure we at least get California garlic instead of Chinese," he says. With seafood, "we're doing more traditional Japanese fish, causing us to go more Pacific," he adds. However, "we make sure our shrimp is sourced from Gulf waters, and clams come from Sebastian Inlet exclusively."
S3, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-7873. Open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Romaine salad $9
Crab shrimp roll $12
Yellowtail sashimi $7
Skirt steak $14
Pork loin $22
That's good enough for the Restaurant People's loyal crowd. With Miracolo's talent, Petrillo's business savvy, and the team's ability to create buzz, there's no doubt they'll do fine. The beach has long needed a place where you can grab well-executed dishes and stunning ocean views without breaking the bank.
But success at this level is measured not only in dollars and cents. Petrillo last month told New Times he wants to see "edgier restaurant concepts that push the envelope" in Broward County. Yet S3 misses the mark of "edgy." It's beautiful, it's nice, but the décor is barely reflective of the nearby ocean, and the trendy sushi flops next to the rest of the menu.
The Restaurant People is the driving force behind the downtown Fort Lauderdale dining scene, and certainly this won't be the last concept the group executes. S3 will determine whether it heads for higher ground when it is ready to strike again or whether to continue storming the beach.
"We'll see if this thing is going to be a roaring success or huge failure," Petrillo says. "If it works, I'd definitely consider it."