As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.
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
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3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale