Seafood dishes are fishy affairs at some Atlanta restaurants
At some metro Atlanta restaurants, ordering seafood isn’t as simple as choosing from the menu and receiving what you expect. Several local restaurants are serving mislabeled fish, WSB-TV reports, offering Asian catfish instead of grouper.
Among the restaurants that would serve catfish instead of grouper:
- Blue Ribbon Grid, Tucker
- Tony’s Sports Bar and Grill, Sandy Springs
- Prosper, Downtown
- Majestic Diner, Poncey-Highland
- Bay Breeze, Mableton
- Crawfish Seafood Shack, Buford Highway
- The Wing Factory, Chamblee
Of the restaurants that responded to WSB-TV, only Blue Ribbon Grill partner Eddie Smyke acknowledged that his restaurant was selling fish for less, but he said the mislabeling on Blue Ribbon’s online menu was an error: “(An) oversight on our part. We wanted to make sure we weren’t confusing the fish with grouper.”
The remaining respondents blamed the poor labeling on seafood suppliers.
Majestic Diner owner Tasso Costarides told Channel 2 Action News via email he was grateful this had been brought to his attention. He contacted his suppliers about it. The Majestic Diner may offer a substitute for menu items if they are not available, but said it was their practice to notify customers of the substitution.
The suspicious seafood was discovered by University of South Florida researchers who “tested restaurant and raw grouper samples from metro Atlanta, using new technology designed to quickly detect mislabeled fish. “. A researcher told WSB-TV that mislabeling is quite common.
“Why do we need this test? Strickland asked researcher Dr. John H. Paul.
“Because 30-40% of seafood products entering the country are mislabeled. Sometimes accidentally, but sometimes fraudulently,”