Another Fast Food Challenge: Who Makes the Best Fish Sandwich?
Who makes the best fish sandwich in fast food? - Day 1, Dinner #fishsandwich

Another Fast Food Challenge: Who Makes the Best Fish Sandwich? - Day 1, lunch

By Mike Thayer

Burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, tacos......

What are you supposed to eat when none of the above sounds good?

A crispy fish sandwich of course!

But which fast food joint makes the best fish sandwich? 

In the name of 'food science' (a'hem, cough), I'll be sampling fish sandwiches from all the national fast food chains.  Which restaurant and their version of a crispy fish sandwich will get top honors?

I'll be going through the restaurant list, one meal at a time.....  What?  Eat nothing but fish sandwiches for lunch AND dinner?  Like I said, done in the name of 'food science'......

Here is "The List" of fast food joints I'll be trying out during the course of this challenge:

  • Arby's
  • Burger King
  • Dairy Queen
  • Hardee's
  • Freddie's
  • Long John Silver's
  • McDonald's
  • Popeyes
  • Wendy's

Who has the best sandwich?  The worst? 

20180326_184017So for lunch, I though it best to start things off with Long John Silver's, they do after all, specialize in fish right?  So theoretically, they should set the standard for a fish sandwich.....  At least you would think so.

Not so much...

My expectation and anticipation for a decent crispy fish sandwich from a restaurant that specializes in fish were both dashed in the very first bite.  I ordered the classic battered Whitefish Sandwich which as touted on the restaurant's website as being topped with tartar sauce, dill pickles and served on a toasted bun.  There was no real crunch in that first bite, in fact, it was gummy.  Some of the outer edges had a slight crunch, but there was virtually no crunch at all in the 'meat' of the fish, it was mush.  This was surprising to me, the Long John Silver's meals I enjoyed back in the day (I haven't frequented one in quite some time) involved a delightful crunchy battered fish, I mean, the place is supposed to be great with the battered fish thing right?  It had to be a preparation issue, like the fryer temp wasn't hot enough.  The fish they served me wasn't fit for a school lunch, 20180326_184044it was under-seasoned and did I mention it lacked crunch?  The tartar sauce was nothing special either and the pickles, well - from a culinary perspective - frankly shouldn't be necessary if the tartar sauce is any good. The fish to bun ratio was good, but this sandwich was a big disappointment and is not a repeat buy.  Even if it was to be prepared correctly, even if there was some crunch, the sandwich is bland.  Not even the tang in the pickles carries it.  A recipe update is needed. 

And I paid too much for it!  I got the combo, a fish sandwich, 'medium' fries (which would amount to a small fry just about anywhere else) and a 'regular' drink (a small drink most anywhere else) for $7.73.  This meal was NOT Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and it's no wonder Long John Silver's has gone downhill over the years.  Guess I haven't missed much if any in terms of good meals huh? 

My first fish sandwich meal in search of the best fast food fish sandwich was a let down.


Long John Silver's gets just one Bachelor on the Cheap star out of five for their fish sandwich and their over-pricing.

1 star

$pend Wisely My Friends...

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