|Fish and chips. Photo: jwannie, Flickr
As many psychiatrists will tell you, there is a hint of truth in all humor. There's just something so ... right about eating artery-clogging fried food oceanside. And per the folks at Concierge.com, who have just compiled a list of the world's 13 best beach foods, "to eat greasy French fries (or fried clams, or even fried dough) on the beach is human."
Perhaps it's the fact that sand cannot penetrate an armor of deep-fried batter (ever tried to eat a sandwich on the beach?). Or we could wax poetic and say the color of fried food was inspired by the shore itself. What's more likely, however, is that fried food stands line most boardwalks, at least in the United States, so it's what we eat -- just as we would a hot dog at the ballpark.
But that's just America. Adcock's "best of the world" list includes sausage and eggs in England, paella in Spain and fish tacos in Maui.
|Hot dogs||72 (13.2%)|
|Fried clams||149 (27.3%)|
|Corn dogs||58 (10.6%)|
|Fish 'n chips||141 (25.9%)|