Yes, that’s right, calamari was one of the big trends of 1996. Americans discovered a new love for deep-fried squid and it began to appear frequently on many menus. It was very common as an appetizer and there was even a calamari index that reviewed the dish across the nation.
Most people associate it with Greek cooking but it transcended the cuisine. It is a problematic food because it’s not sustainable. Compare it to the Cowboys’ unique ability to cruise through the regular season and crash out in the playoffs. Calamari is easy to catch but there’s a tendency to overfish (via Insider).