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Nov 15, 2010 01:15 PM

Calamari - rings or tentacles?

Me, I'm a tentacles guy - after all, how many foods with tentacles are out there? Gotta take the opportunity to eat 'em when you can!

Obviously I'm a bit on the bored side this afternoon...

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  1. I like a good mix. If an order comes out and it's just rings, you know someone in the kitchen just opened up a big frozen bag. Also, tentacles pick up more dipping sauce.

    My kids are six and they already love fried squid -- especially the tentacles! I think they might even try baby octopus now too. We saw some at the asian market and they were intrigued.

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    1. re: Bob W

      I also vote for a mix, that way you get the best of both!

      1. re: tzurriz

        Yes, both!

        But, ever since seeing some random Discovery show on octopuses (spell check sez yes, I say, really, not octupi?) that make little sparkle-y gardens to entice a mate... I'll stick to squid. (OK, plus, I just don't care for octopus.)

      2. Tentacles all the way!

        1. Gotta be tentacles! Best flavor.

          1. I think the tentacles (we call them the spiders) are usually the most tender part, plus, as Bob W said, they soak up more of the aioli/pepper sauce/ginger sauce/whatever.

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            1. re: Isolda

              My feelings too, I like that they're more tender. Although it's interesting some of the other posters describe them as more crispy than the rings.

            2. my fiance used to be grossed out by the tentacles, then i got her to try them and now i wish i hadn't. I had them all to myself for awhile. . .