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Who has the best fast food fish sandwich? - Day 4, Dinner - Wendy's fish sandwich #fishsandwich

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:

Who has the best sandwich?  The worst? 

Just an observation in doing this fast food fish sandwich challenge with just a couple restaurants left to review: The marketing by these restaurants kind of cracks me up, one joint hypes "Atlantic Cod," another, "Wild Caught Alaskan Cod," yet another, "North Pacific Cod"..... Are we to believe that people actually make their FAST FOOD sandwich choice by what ocean the cod came from? As in, "Oh the Atlantic Cod is SOOOOOO much better than the North Pacific Cod......"  And just a guess here.... Most people wouldn't know if they were actually eating farm raised Tilapia. 

Wendy's Fish Sandwich
Wendy's Fish Sandwich, in a chicken wrapper

So it's dinner time and Wendy's is the crispy fish sandwich of chance.  Here's their description:  Our premium sandwich is made using only wild-caught North Pacific Cod, hand-cut from a whole fillet so it's tender and deliciously flakey. It's then lightly coated in a crispy, panko breading and topped with a creamy, dill tartar sauce and crunchy dill pickles. 

The marketing sounds good doesn't it?  But how is the sandwich?

Wendy's makes a pretty good crispy fish sandwich.  Two things that work for this sandwich:  The fish is crispy with each bite and the tartar sauce is spot on.  Two things that weren't quite right with this sandwich:  One thin lettuce leaf really doesn't do much, either put some lettuce on it or don't, and that brings us to the second thing, typical, sloppy fast food joint preparation.  Better preparation makes for a better sandwich.  On a personal note, I like some lettuce on a fish sandwich - preferably shredded - and you don't need pickles if you have a good tartar sauce.  Wendy's version of a crispy fish sandwich is a repeat buy, but a Plan B kind of thing, if that makes sense.  I paid $6.76 for a combo meal, the sandwich, small fries and a drink.  That is Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and the sandwich itself gets three out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

3 stars

So far, I've eaten at eight restaurants and sampled their respective versions of a crispy fish sandwich, but have I sampled the best fast food has to offer yet?

Keep reading and spend wisely my friends..... 

Wendy's Fish Sandwich
The fish is indeed crispy, good fish to bun ratio


A look inside the sandwich
Sloppy Preparation

$pend Wisely My Friends...

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