Went to Dave & Busters for dinner the other night. I used to love their fish & LBC sauce, but late last year they updated their menu to feature tilapia. Ok, is anyone else just grossed out by this? Yes, I know tilapia is sold all over the mainland as “sunfish,” but this is Hawaii…and they’re calling it tilapia. Like, the fish that lives in the Ala Wai. The fish that lives in cane field streams with all the run off. The fish that ate your loogies when you spit in the water as kids. Yup, that tilapia. When I think of tilapia, I think pilau. I know they’re raised in a totally different environment, and I know some MBA* on the mainland probably figured a fancy name justifies charging $15 for the plate, but I grew up with a totally different connotation of the name. I don’t order the fish & LBC sauce anymore. I just…can’t. =( I’m so bummed.

*MBA’s are the same people that are banking that we don’t know that aiole is mayonaise.

4 Comments so far

  1. Eric (unregistered) on June 15th, 2005 @ 12:27 am

    I have to agree. No matter how clean the fish farms may be, no matter how brightly colored those “sunfish” in the market are, like you I can’t get past the fact that they are still tilapia, the bottom-feeding trash fish of the Ala Wai Canal. Ewwwwwwww.

    Then again, I’ve heard that some Southerners feel the same way about catfish, which I always thought tasted pretty good. :-)

  2. Lisa (unregistered) on June 16th, 2005 @ 12:39 pm

    I totally agree! I’m from Hawaii and live in the SF Bay Area. When I see tilapia on the menus and in the grocery stores, I think gross!

  3. Eric (unregistered) on June 17th, 2005 @ 9:15 pm

    I was at Costco today and they’re selling frozen tilapia filets. Everybody all together now: ewwwwwwwwwww.

  4. Lloyd (unregistered) on June 17th, 2005 @ 10:25 pm


    no, really!


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