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Old 05-07-2019, 08:24 AM
 
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I assume it is whatever white-fleshed fish was available inexpensively.

I always ask what kind of fish is being prepared. If the server can’t answer, I pass.

Recently, I ate grilled tilapia at a restaurant. Although they cooked it perfectly, it confirmed why I always prefer cod, haddock, or sole. Tilapia is flabby; other than being white, it has little in common with the delicate, sweet flavor and moist, distinct texture of cod.

I won’t touch McD or BK fish. Best fast food fish I’ve had is the once-a-year fried cod sold at Freddie’s before Easter.
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: USA
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Maybe, maybe not.
There is:
Freshwater whitefish is a members of the subfamily Coregoninae in the family Salmonidae, including:
Atlantic whitefish (Coregonus huntsmani in the genus Coregonus)
Common whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus in the genus Coregonus)
Lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis in the genus Coregonus)

Whitefish or white fish is a fisheries term for several species of demersal fish with fins, particularly Atlantic cod, whiting, haddock, hake (Urophycis), pollock (Pollachius), and others. Whitefish (Coregonidae) is also the name of several species of Atlantic freshwater fish.

So, I think you should ask the waiter to clarify that for you.

In John Long Silver's it could be a wild-caught cod or pollock.
https://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/bee...-john-silver-s

If you want to know more about fast food fish - read this:
The beautiful bounty of the sea: Arby's, Burger King, Dairy Queen, McDonald's, Popeyes, Wendy's, and White Castle, fresh from the nets:
https://www.businessinsider.com/fast...ish-sandwich-4
Great info. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Lake whitefish is not the same as white fish, the latter is or can be a conglomerate of cheap white fleshed fish from fresh and/or salt water. Lake whitefish is a rather tasty fish that comes from the deep lakes of North Central US and Canada. I have caught them while fishing for lake trout. Because they come from deep, cold clean water they are a firm clean tasting fish, very much unlike the commercially available white fish.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:50 PM
 
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Always good to ask, especially if traveling.

It's funny because if you say "Lion" people know what you mean.

However, in many places vernacular "white fish" can be a lot different and things like "black snake" can be either harmless or deadly.
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Yup, a mild fish...nothing boney or oily.
If they do not say what it is I can't order it thinking it is farm raised Tilapia, tho.
I would be upset if someone served me freshwater fish if I ordered whitefish. Tilapia is just tasteless crap. Even the lowest grade of seafood has better flavor.

If I buy freshwater farmed fish, I buy catfish.
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:45 PM
 
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I would be upset if someone served me freshwater fish if I ordered whitefish. Tilapia is just tasteless crap. Even the lowest grade of seafood has better flavor.
I won't eat Tilapia. It is horrible. Much prefer Flounder for a lighter fish.
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:23 PM
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Tilapia is garbage.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:52 PM
 
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I must be in the minority, I actually like tilapia.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:39 AM
 
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Tilapia and swai - hard pass from me. I'd rather eat fish cake.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:37 AM
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Mislabeling of fish is pretty common - saw fillets of white tuna as a daily special at a upscale restaurant a few years back. This isn't tuna; other names for it include oil fish, butter fish, and escolar. The restaurant may not have even known what it was getting from its supplier. Escolar contains toxic waxy fats that are indigestible, and is illegal to sell in Japan. I personally won't order a fish variety unless I've researched it.

https://www.foodrepublic.com/2016/08...t-safe-to-eat/
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