TROY – Agave and Rye is being slammed over their use of the endangered “Viperfish” in their “deep sea tacos.” The menu item was released last week, shocking loyal customers and deep sea fish conservators.
“This isn’t just like any fish. The measures required to catch deep sea fish is extremely irresponsible and harmful for our environment, just for a measly taco,” said Rachael Greenhead of the Miami County Animal Rights Awareness Coalition (MCARAC).
This Viperfish is absolutely terrifying with extremely large teeth, which Agave and Rye claims offers a “unique crunch that can’t be found anywhere else.”
“Some delicacies are too exotic for this delicate small town,” said Agave and Rye spokesperson Walter Poachins. “You’d have to travel to a much bigger city to order something as rare as this. Their mouths should be watering at the opportunity to taste this thing.”
Agave and Rye also claim that the fish is not endangered, just extremely rare for use in American restaurants.
“I’ll tell you what though. Once the people taste this fish, we’ll make damn sure it’s endangered because they won’t be able to get enough of the texture and flavor,” said Poachins.
While the new dish means potential publicity for Agave and Rye, the reaction so far has been mixed. Local people-watcher Noel Stevphens has started a Facebook group to speak out against the use of the endangered animal. In his first post to the group, Stevphens said, “Yes, the Viperfish isn’t the sexiest boy in the water. No, it doesn’t really matter to anyone if they never have to see this fish again. Does this animal matter at all to their natural ecosystem? No, it seems to just do its own thing, not really bothering anyone. All that said, I am filled with rage and this is what I’ve decided to funnel it into.”
Agave and Rye has shown no plans of stopping their exotic menu additions any time soon. On Tuesday, a truck from Idle Hour Ranch was spotted dropping off some large crates to the restaurant. Eyewitnesses at the scene reported the crates to be around 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide, leading many to speculate what animal that large might fit within the box.
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