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Old 05-17-2018, 05:40 PM
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I recently ate at a Seafood joint in Mayport, FL. I ordered Cobia. What came out looked and tasted like jack. I've filleted and grilled a good amount of cobia in my day, same for jack. The way the server and the manager said, "that cobia tastes good, right", almost made me feel like they were trying to sell the lie, figuring most people won't know the difference. It was just a little weird, but maybe I was being paranoid. As I was just passing through, I didn't say anything, but I am curious what you guys do in that situation. At the end of the day, it seems like bringing it up, won't result in anything positive, as you can't prove that it's counterfeit. It's not like steak vs chicken where it is obvious, even to a casual observer.
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Eh, I just ignore it. As long as it doesn't taste actually bad there is no point. Also, very possible servers don't know, just kitchen staff. Hell depending on kitchen staff and restaurant the line cooks may not even know the difference if it is something that looks close.

That said, if it is say my fiance's or mother's order and they pull that and they don't like the dish and I can tell it is a bait and switch, then if they want, I will be speaking up.
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I read an article once where they tested what fish was being served vs what was on the menu, ill have to find the link. In a nutshell 40% of the time the fish was something other than what was advertised.

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/u...abel-says.html
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Originally Posted by SEATOAD View Post
I read an article once where they tested what fish was being served vs what was on the menu, ill have to find the link. In a nutshell 40% of the time the fish was something other than what was advertised.
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Originally Posted by SEATOAD View Post
I read an article once where they tested what fish was being served vs what was on the menu, ill have to find the link. In a nutshell 40% of the time the fish was something other than what was advertised.

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/u...abel-says.html
I remember that article. I think it was even discussed on here.
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Get caught doing that and get shut down immediately,we have to retain receipts that match the fish we are selling for 30 days even after selling the fish.

They do not joke around with that,in Fl anyways.
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Get caught doing that and get shut down immediately,we have to retain receipts that match the fish we are selling for 30 days even after selling the fish.

They do not joke around with that,in Fl anyways.
what agency conducts that validation? How often?
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Originally Posted by acteg View Post
I recently ate at a Seafood joint in Mayport, FL. I ordered Cobia. What came out looked and tasted like jack. I've filleted and grilled a good amount of cobia in my day, same for jack. The way the server and the manager said, "that cobia tastes good, right", almost made me feel like they were trying to sell the lie, figuring most people won't know the difference. It was just a little weird, but maybe I was being paranoid. As I was just passing through, I didn't say anything, but I am curious what you guys do in that situation. At the end of the day, it seems like bringing it up, won't result in anything positive, as you can't prove that it's counterfeit. It's not like steak vs chicken where it is obvious, even to a casual observer.

Let me guess, Singleton's?
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Let me guess, Singleton's?
Yeah, probably not Safe Harbor. That place rocks.
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Eh, I just ignore it. As long as it doesn't taste actually bad there is no point. Also, very possible servers don't know, just kitchen staff. Hell depending on kitchen staff and restaurant the line cooks may not even know the difference if it is something that looks close.

That said, if it is say my fiance's or mother's order and they pull that and they don't like the dish and I can tell it is a bait and switch, then if they want, I will be speaking up.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:59 PM
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I don't think there is a 3rd restaurant in Mayport. Safeharbor is the bomb and I can not imagine that happening there. They probably would let you choose between jack and cobia.
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It reminds me of the time I ordered the lunch special at a restuaraunt in town. It was grilled Cobia with some mashed potatoes and grilled veggies. Really good, but it ended up being $29.99 for a lunch special.
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1) You eat Jack?
2) You expect fish servings from restaurants to be as advertised? I don't with rare exceptions.
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1) You eat Jack?
2) You expect fish servings from restaurants to be as advertised? I don't with rare exceptions.
Greater Amberjack and Banded Rudderfish (Lesser Amberjack) is really good eating. Cobia is great too. Better than Mahi.

I always assume that if a restaurant has a Blue Plate Special, such as Amberjack, that's probably going to be the very best choice that they have available -
Better than the fake snapper of undetermined origin, the Swai, the Talipia, or the catfish of totally bogus sourcing.
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No.
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It's a big issue and happens fairly often due to most people just don't know and how you mentioned it would be hard to prove. It's not like passing trout for salmon but it does ruin the experience. Especially if you are paying market price for a fish like you do at some restaurants. Some states have started to propose seafood labeling laws and other laws to address things like this.
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Old 05-18-2018, 03:52 AM
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Almost never what you order is what is presented. Why do you think whole fried fish is so expensive? They can't lie about that (unless you're a totally dingbat).
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
Almost never what you order is what is presented.
Almost never? You might consider picking the restaurants you eat at more carefully.
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Cook your own, problem solved.
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Fight back don't accept Jack!!
Drop a deuce in the urinal...with note..." sorry...cobia've used the toilet "
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