Even while working at 1500 Degrees, you lived in Broward. Where do you like to eat up here?
I live in Coconut Creek, so I go to a lot of ethnic places out west. I go to a Greek place called Ethos. There are great Indian places out there; Cuban, that's kind of how I like to eat. I head to Delray Beach to 3rd and 3rd; it's really casual with good food. I like sitting at the bar at Market 17 to eat charcuterie.
What has it been like coming back to Broward -- good, bad, bittersweet?
The change has been good and bittersweet. 1500 was an amazing restaurant; it was my baby, I started it from the ground up. But 3030 was my home for ten years, so coming back and taking it to the future is also amazing. It's been good. People have been really receptive. So, it's all of it, really.
After spending so long running a kitchen in the nationally recognized restaurant scene in Miami, what do you see as the difference between dining options in Miami and Fort Lauderdale?
It's still so many years behind. Miami is light years ahead of Fort Lauderdale, from the diners and expectations to types of restaurants; you really notice the difference from one market to another. Delray is booming; Miami is booming. I'm not sure if chefs aren't sure about starting new restaurants or what people are comfortable with, but I think Fort Lauderdale going to get there. It looks like it just needs some more time.
Aside from the brunch series, do you have any other new programs at the restaurant?
The cocktail program is awesome. I've been working Taylor Hall, the restaurant manager, by letting her know what's in season and what's about to come in. They're changing anywhere from six to eight cocktails per season based on what's around and available. We do a happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., and I recently took over the menu at the bar. We're doing really good bar food like poutine, ribs, and duck confit wings on the casual bar menu, but guests can also order from the full blown 3030 menu, as well. We started doing that on January 31.
3030 Ocean is located at 3030 Holiday Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-4000, or visit 3030ocean.com.
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