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Do You Prefer the Rings or the Tentacles of Calamari?

On New Year's Day, my hungover friends and I were craving Spanish comfort food. We wound up going to one of the best tapas haunts in Chicago, Café Iberico. When this calamari dish came to the table, we got into a discussion about what part of the squid tasted better — the rings or the tentacles — and none of us could come to a consensus. What do you think?

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Food Food 8 years
Smacks83: It was from Café Iberico in Chicago!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I know the post is a little old, but can someone anyone PLEASE tell me how the calamari in the pic is prepared? It looks so good!
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
Mmm I love calamari! I haven't had it in so long! I love both parts equally. I especially love savoring the tentacles in front of people who are completely grossed out by them! I'm so nice =)
nancita nancita 8 years
I love both, but I definitely always make sure to get some tentacles first.
only-so-cute only-so-cute 8 years
i've been served both but the octopus shape of the tentacles freaked me out.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I tried a tentacle once, never again. Theres just something so wrong about chewing on tentacles, it's the texture. I also tried octopus tentacles, I couldn't handle the texture of the suckers. Ugh... *shudder*
Curious-Alice Curious-Alice 8 years
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Tentacles. Yummy...
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
I've never tried the tentacles but I liked the rings at this upscale restaurant. I actually didn't even know it was squid... I hate that I know now.... :(
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
It's all yummy to me!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I prefer tentacles, but I like the rings as well.
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
Ewe! I'll pass on both.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I tried Calamari three times so far, Mediterranean style, and just couldn't get over the weird texture. The taste was okay, but that rubbery texture...
jenks88 jenks88 8 years
i would say rings but thats only because the one time i made calamari myself and prepared all the squids from scratch, i ate what i thought was a tentacle and turned out to be battered squid brain. NOT GOOD.
JenniferIsabella JenniferIsabella 8 years
the tentacles are crispier.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Do you know how happy I am that the actual Calamari put in his two cents? ;-) I can eat both these days and enjoy them nearly equally. There was once upon a time that I would nearly throw up if you placed the tentacles in front of me.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
I slightly prefer the rings to tentacles - i haven't stopped in a while to reexamine that choice though cause hubby slightly prefers the tentacles to rings - so we have an unspoken agreement I would throw off if i ever changed my mind.
emalove emalove 8 years
I don't eat calamari...I think it's rubbery and repulsive.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
Both! Ruth's Chris Steak House has an amazing calamari that has both rings and tentacles.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
the rings!!
Brandi2778232 Brandi2778232 8 years
My sister eat the tentacles... we don't fight :)
Cebca Cebca 8 years
I answered tentacles but really it depends, if its fried then definitely tentacles (I answered that cause most of the time when you get calamari its fried) but if its grilled or sauteed or cooked however else I like the texture of the rings better.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
When it's cooked right it isn't rubbery. I myself prefer the rings... I actually dislike seafood but I tried calamari recently on whim when I was feeling adventurous!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
I haven't had good calamari yet in the US...well maybe once, but nothing compared to the calamari I had when I was in Italy. Not rubbery at all! Here it's just so gross.
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