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Why do sushi places never have mackerel (lately)?


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Why do sushi places never have mackerel (lately)?

GDSwamp | Oct 31, 2007 12:55 PM

Mackerel (saba) and Spanish Mackerel (sawara) are two of my favorite things to order when I go out for sushi. But I realized last night - when the waitress at a place in Philadelphia told me that they had none of either - that I've gotten used to being denied when I've tried to order them in the last few years.

The two fish are almost always on the menu, so I assume they are fairly universally considered part of the mainstream of sushi, yet now that I think of it I don't think I've managed to actually eat any for at least a couple of years.

Are they endangered and especially hard to come by? Are they seldom ordered and therefore seldom stocked?

I'm looking for some inside insight. Where's the mackerel?

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