The Shrimps Have It

We have to wonder what Bay Area respondents would have chosen as a sub-group. Salmon seems likely to retain the fin-fish title, but would Dungeness crab or Tomales Bay oysters beat out shrimp? To our relatively untrained mind, shrimp seems like a lock in many states that rely on trucked-in seafood. It’s durable, simple and cheap, compared to other shellfish, therefore likely out-pacing the field in land-locked markets.

What is your favorite shellfish? If you said shrimp, you’re in the majority.

A national survey out from McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Inc. found that 38 percent of respondents preferred shrimp than any other kind of shellfish. Salmon won the fin-fish title with 21 percent, according to the Portland Business Journal.

Other notable survey findings include: * Forty-nine percent of respondents said they are more likely to eat seafood while dining out, while 14 percent said they would be more likely to eat it at home. Thirty-six percent said it makes no difference whether they are dining out or eating it at home.
* Survey results showed that 27 percent of those polled cook seafood at home at least once a week.
* Baking won out as the most common method respondents use to cook seafood at home (29 percent), with grilling following closely behind (26 percent).
* Of the respondents that have children, 66 percent said they began feeding them seafood before they turned 5.

We have to wonder what Bay Area respondents would have chosen as a sub-group. Salmon seems likely to retain the fin-fish title, but would Dungeness crab or Tomales Bay oysters beat out shrimp? To our relatively untrained mind, shrimp seems like a lock in many states that rely on trucked-in seafood. It’s durable, simple and cheap, compared to other shellfish, therefore likely out-pacing the field in land-locked markets.

What is your favorite shellfish? If you said shrimp, you’re in the majority.

The Shrimps Have It