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Apr 5, 2012 09:58 AM

Fried Fish: Finger Food or Fork Food??

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

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      "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.

      1. re: carolinadawg

        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..

          1. re: Gio

            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.

        1. 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. 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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            1. re: Passadumkeg

              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.

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

              1. 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