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See What Cheaper Fish Some Restaurants Serve For Grouper, Cod and Catfish

Published May 29, 2023, 1:20 a.m. by Courtney

If you're looking for a seafood dinner on a budget, you might want to think twice about ordering grouper, cod or catfish.

According to a new report by Inside Edition, some restaurants are serving cheaper fish and calling it grouper, cod or catfish.

The investigation found that some restaurants in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were serving cheaper fish like tilapia, pollock or hake and calling it grouper or cod.

One restaurant was even serving farmed tilapia from China and calling it grouper.

So how can you make sure you're getting what you're paying for?

Ask your waiter or waitress what kind of fish it is and if they don't know, ask to speak to the manager.

You can also ask to see the fish before it's cooked.

If you're still not sure, you can always order something else.

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the American Heart Association

recommends everyone eat fish at least

twice a week but how do you know the

fish you're ordering at the restaurant

is the fish you're getting truth is you

don't and as lisa guerrero discovered on

our Inside Edition fish test you just

might not be getting what you're paying

for Americans love fish I love fish fish

is my favorite meal when I look at the


seafood is like my go-to it's my first

choice but Inside Edition found you

could be the victim of a fish switcheroo

how is it possible for one type of fish

to be switched to another type of fish

alexandra pepitas is the executive chef

at colori Taverna in New York City and

says it can easily happen in some

restaurants it's really people just

capitalizing on people not really having

a full knowledge base about fish you

know even though these look very

different right now when they're sitting

here they're not going to look as

different once we cook them so would we

be a victim of a fish switch to find out

we did some testing first we visited 22

restaurants in Tampa and Atlanta the

sandwich and ordered cod grouper and

catfish looping out the crunchy grouper

we then packed the fish up and sent

samples off to a lab for DNA testing now

get this 33% of the restaurants in

Atlanta gave us a cheaper fish than the

one we ordered at noodles restaurant we

ordered fried grouper a local favorite

but what we really got according to the

lab was an Asian farmed fish called swai

grouper goes for 20 dollars a pound

while swai costs about $3 a pound so

what the heck is swai swai comes mainly

from Vietnam specifically the Mekong

Delta not the cleanest water in the

world this video also shows why farmed

in overcrowded fish ponds

in a statement to Inside Edition a fish

industry spokesman insists the fish are

some of the safest seafood you can eat

and it's a healthy affordable fish

period we went back to noodles the place

where we got the Chiefs why instead of

grouper we found out that instead of

grouper it was actually a cheaper farmed

fish from Asia how can you explain that

guess she didn't want to tell me at past

Falls restaurant we ordered catfish but

according to the lab once again we got

swine how do you think that happens I

have no idea and I apologize I have no

idea I have to find out how that

happened at Copeland's it was the same


are you substituting a cheaper fish for

your catfish here I guess I can't

comment on that I have to ought to get

with my markup arm on my mat like a

general manager Larry Olmstead author of

real food fake food says food

substitutions is a dirty secret in the

restaurant industry any time you have a

food that consumers can't readily

identify with their eye that you can

substitute something cheaper for and get

away with it people are going to do that

all ten of the restaurants we visited in

Tampa gave us the fish we ordered





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