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 - Day 2, Lunch
- Burger King
- Dairy Queen - Day 1 Dinner
- Freddie's - Day 3, Lunch
- Long John Silver's - Day 1, Lunch
- McDonald's - Day 2, Dinner
Who has the best sandwich? The worst?
I went to Burger King for dinner in this quest for the best fast food fish sandwich. I cannot recall to have ever sampled Burger King's version. I regret that I did on this night. When I took the top lid of the fish sandwich I ordered I thought I was at McDonald's for a second.... It was another square 'patty' of processed fish! Here's how the BK fish sandwich is touted on the website: Big Fish Sandwich... A delicious golden-crisp catch..... Our premium Big Fish Sandwich is 100% White Alaskan Pollock, breaded with crispy panko breading and topped with sweet tartar sauce, tangy pickles, all on top of a toasted brioche-style bun. LOL, that's funny! The sandwich isn't big, the fish isn't golden brown nor is it crispy, the lettuce wasn't fresh and I'm not talking wilted from the heat of the fish either, I'm talking brown edges old. The fish patty was over-fried, as in dead, shoe-leather chewy on the edges. The fish patty to bread ratio was OK, in fact, if there is anything positive to say about the sandwich, the toasted bun was good. The tartar sauce was a little different and not in a good way.... This was just a dead sandwich, I couldn't finish it. It's NOT a repeat buy and so far, this is the worst fish sandwich I've sampled in this challenge. To sum it up in two words, "It sucked." OK, two more words, "Really Bad." Chalk up part of my distaste for the sandwich to poor execution and preparation, but in the final analysis - it's a processed fish product and doesn't measure up to a fish fillet sandwich. Burger King has seriously hyped up the description with rose colored glasses. There isn't anything premium about this offering..... Well, I did pay a premium for poor quality.
I shelled out $7.73 for a combo meal, sandwich, up-sized to large onion rings instead of fries (I'm not a fan of BK fries) and a drink. That's over-priced - it's processed fish, not a fillet - and NOT Bachelor on the Cheap friendly. Burger King's version of a crispy fish sandwich gets just one out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars. A processed, square fish patty, BK, really?
So far, I've eaten at six restaurants and sampled their version of a crispy fish sandwich, but have I sampled the best fast food has to offer yet?
Keep reading and spend wisely my friends.....