Lament for Cod Cheeks

I had planned for some time to dine on cod cheeks.
If it wasn’t for months, it was surely for weeks.
But when we arrived at the dining venue
I was told that the dish was removed from the menu.

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The words that I heard were a coarse “Eighty-six!”
which in restaurant slang mean’s your entrée’s been nixed
either because the chef couldn’t buy it
or the patrons before you had all thought to try it.

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In substitution, the waiter suggested
A proxy shellfish, not what I requested:
“I think you’ll like them, they pack quite a wallop.”
I demurred, ‘cause I’ve never seen cheeks on a scallop.

 

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