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Shark / Jaleo

JT | Feb 24, 2003 10:53 PM

Okay, so the fiancee and I went out celebrating on Friday and ate at Jaleo's, which was really good. First time I ever ate there. We had the most amazing shark dish ever. Which inspired me to ask if there were other restaurants out there serving shark.

As a small boy, I was obsessed with sharks. This naturally translated into an obsession with eating sharks. My experience thus far has been pretty limited. A tasty piece of thresher shark when I was about 6 [the appeal of that giant tail]. A couple unmemorable mako shark steaks when my folks took me to Legal Seafoods in college. An inedible attempt to cook shark myself after discovering it at the local Safeway. [The cookbook recommended soaking it in milk for a day. Don't ask.] And then a decent piece of mako shark at a storefront place on the fishing piers in LA. [And possibly a shark sandwich at Cantler's in Annapolis. I can't remember much except the crab-induced frustration.]

But LA is kind of a long way to travel to eat shark.

Jaleo's has some sort of shark mcnuggets available on their tapas de temporara list. I figure this means they might not be around forever. So I should let someone know.

To be clear, the appeal of these shark chunks goes way beyond their status as shark meat. They're tender, juicy, flavorful -- maybe like vinegar, paprika and some other spices. Served with some sort of garlic mayonnaise type sauce. Possibly one of the best fried dishes I've ever had, and easily the best shark I've ever had. Except maybe that thresher shark steak at age 6. Anyway. Go to Jaleo and eat shark.

And I thought I would ask everyone else: are there other places in DC/Baltimore/Annapolis where I can eat shark? I realize that I could probably obtain it at a fish store, but after the disastrous nature of my last attempt, I'd prefer to leave it to professionals.

Any advice appreciated.

-JT

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