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Fried Fish: Finger Food or Fork Food??

PotatoHouse Apr 5, 2012 09:58 AM

I'm a southern boy who grew up as a Navy B.R.A.T. (Born, Raised, And Trapped). Although I was raised to look at fried fish as a finger food, instinctively when I'm in a nicer restaurant I find myself using a fork with my beer battered cod. What do you think, is fried fish finger food or fork food?

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  1. carolinadawg RE: PotatoHouse Apr 5, 2012 10:07 AM

    If you're over the age of 2, its fork food.

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      ttoommyy RE: carolinadawg Apr 5, 2012 10:15 AM

      "If you're over the age of 2, its fork food."

      If you are outside of your home, I agree. If you were raised at home to eat it with your fingers, then fingers it is at home.

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        Gio RE: carolinadawg Apr 5, 2012 10:24 AM

        HAHA.. of course. For fried fish. But up here in New England (or Down Maine) we eat fried shell fish with fingers in "clam shacks" and use forks in restaurants..

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          Passadumkeg RE: Gio Apr 5, 2012 11:09 AM

          A good 'un!

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            Querencia RE: Gio Apr 5, 2012 05:14 PM

            Consider thought that a piece of fried clam is a lot smaller than a fried piece of fin fish---about the same size as a fried shrimp. Much easier to handle with fingers. I should think eating a slab of battered and fried fin fish with your hands, assuming you are a grown-up, would look kind of primitive and disgusting. Maybe OK on a picnic or at a fish camp but certainly not in somebody's home or in a restaurant with knives and forks.

        2. LindaWhit RE: PotatoHouse Apr 5, 2012 10:29 AM

          If it's a white fish, I'd always use a fork, unless it's put in a sandwich - then it's finger food.

          Shellfish, such as shrimp, clam bellies - finger food. Because they're usually served in clam shacks. Plus, I wouldn't be ordering fried fish in a nicer restaurant, where I'd be inclined to use a fork for my meal.

          1. Passadumkeg RE: PotatoHouse Apr 5, 2012 11:11 AM

            In the UK, fish 'n chips used to be served in a newspaper cone, but it is still a finger food.
            New herring in the Netherlands as well.

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              EWSflash RE: Passadumkeg Apr 5, 2012 07:37 PM

              Miss Manners recommends eating lobster at home, because it's better eaten with the hands and a lot of mess. And no judgemental witnesses, only people with the same thing on their mind as you.

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              kengk RE: PotatoHouse Apr 5, 2012 03:04 PM

              In a nicer restaurant, fork food. At a "fish camp" with all you can eat whole catfish, finger food.

              1. scubadoo97 RE: PotatoHouse Apr 5, 2012 03:46 PM

                Could also depend on how it's cut. Cut into pieces that can be easily held and eaten or a big honking fillet which requires two hands to pick up

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                  Evilbanana11 RE: PotatoHouse Apr 5, 2012 04:35 PM

                  This is chopstick food.

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                    arktos RE: Evilbanana11 Apr 5, 2012 06:29 PM

                    That's what I was thinking.

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                      EWSflash RE: Evilbanana11 Apr 5, 2012 07:37 PM

                      Perfect utensil!

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                      tastesgoodwhatisit RE: PotatoHouse Apr 5, 2012 08:33 PM

                      If it comes wrapped in a newspaper, or I'm at home, finger food. If it's served on a plate in public, fork or chopsticks as appropriate.

                      1. njmarshall55 RE: PotatoHouse Aug 14, 2012 01:44 PM

                        Shell fish with or without bib, finger food. Fish and Chips, finger food. All else, knife and fork.

                        1. zuklaak RE: PotatoHouse Aug 14, 2012 04:34 PM

                          However I can get it from the serving platter to my mouth. Not much for ceremony.

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