A "Who makes the best fish sandwich in Wichita?" Challenge
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A "Who makes the best fish sandwich in Wichita?" Challenge - Day 1 Lunch: Sonic

By Mike Thayer

Sonic's Premium Fish Sandwich
A square 'fillet'?

Back in 2018 I wrote an article on this topic - Who has the best fish sandwich in fast food? - and you can read that article of "worst to first" fish sandwiches using the link down below.  But it's been four years since that review so I figure we're all due for a Who has the best fish sandwich update!  Some restaurants have changed up their menu a bit with "New and Improved" fish sandwiches and there are a few more restaurants getting in on the game.  It is Lent season after all, so in fast food/fast casual it's "Fish Season" and saavy restaurants are marketing you with their "Limited Time" fish sandwich offerings.

Sonic Fish Sandwich
The under the lid look, not enough tartar

I only reviewed national fast food chains last time around and I'll be reviewing all those restaurants again.  But for this 2022 review, along with the fast food joints I'll be including fast casual chains as well as the local restaurants, making it a "Who makes the best fish sandwich in Wichita?" Challenge!

I'm looking forward to seeing who has truly improved their sandwich from the last review and relishing the chance to sample new restaurants too!   See what I did there....  "Relishing the chance..."

Today for lunch I had a fish sandwich from Sonic.

Fish Sandwich
Fish to bun ratio is balanced

Sonic's Premium Fish Sandwich features a crispy fish patty made with Alaska Polluck, served with tartar sauce, lettuce and chopped pickles served on a brioche bun.

If there was a fish sandwich war going on, Sonic would lose.  Sonic either needs to create a better sandwich, or rename this one, it's NOT a 'Premium' sandwich.  This was a very average fish sandwich at best and what Sonic thinks is a premium sandwich would not have cracked my Top 5 list in 2018.  The breading on the sandwich is good and crispy, but the processed patty - not a true fillet - is square like McDonald's and the texture of the fish as a result of that processing is mushy.  I want flaky fish, not mushy fish, which aside from the breading was bland.  The sandwich was under-dressed and the tartar sauce was unremarkable.  The only saving graces for this sandwich was the tartness of the chopped pickle and toasted brioche bun.

Scoring 46 out of a possible 63 points and costing me $7.73 for a combo meal to include tater tots and a drink, I'm giving the Sonic Premium Fish Sandwich 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  It may be reasonably priced and yes it was crispy, but overall the sandwich was lackluster and is NOT worthy of a repeat buy.

3 stars

Related, posted in 2018: Who has the best fast food fish sandwich? They are listed here from worst to first

The Sonic visited on this occasion is located at 7702 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67207.  Moderately busy at about 11:15am on a Monday morning, I was able to take in two classic rock songs on 104.5 The Fox before receiving my order.  Service was polite.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

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