Clay Aiken visit submerged in shellfish controversy
Did American Idol star Clay Aiken really drop by a South Baltimore restaurant and bar last Sunday?
Or was it ... Clay Faiken?
"I don't believe the story sence he was seen somewhere else plus he's allergic to shellfish," wrote one anonymous commenter.
This murky little mystery begs the question: What exactly is a shellfish?
According to the Food Lover's Companion, "shellfish" is a "broad term for all aquatic animals that have a shell of some kind. Shellfish are separated into two basic categories -- crustaceans and mollusks."
Shrimp, lobster, crabs and crayfish are all crustaceans. Snails, squid, oysters and octopuses are mollusks.
Is Aiken allergic to one subcategory? Or both?
Aiken's management has not returned a phone call or e-mail, and Alan Morstein, the restaurant's owner, stands by the sighting.
(Photo courtesy of the Hodges Partnership)