A "Who makes the best fish sandwich in Wichita?" Challenge - Day 2 Lunch: Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
By Mike Thayer
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.
Today I reviewed Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and their Fish Sandwich, which scored 4 out of 5 stars in 2018.
Advertised as two fillets of premium wild-caught Alaska cod, the Freddy's Fish Sandwich is topped with a slice of American cheese and the toasted bun is dressed with Thousand Island dressing. That's a change in the description from 2018. The fillets were crispy with each bite and the fish to bun ratio was good. But the texture of the fish was a bit mushy rather than flaky. The sandwich just wasn't as good as I remember from 2018 which ranked as the 3rd best fast food fish sandwich in that Challenge.
Freddy's isn't dressing their fish sandwich the same as they did in 2018. The sandwich I sampled four years ago was dressed with the classic Freddy's sauce which is mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle juice and Freddy's seasoning... That sauce is basically a ramped up version of a Thousand Island dressing but with a much better finish. In this year's sampling, the Freddy's seasoning and robust pickle juice notes were missing. To go with just a regular Thousand Island dressing now is rather ho-hum. My girlfriend asked if the sandwich would have been better with tartar sauce and I had to reply with a "Yes," as regular Thousand Island without the Freddy's seasoning or pickle juice kick just doesn't get it.
Scoring 46 points out of a possible 63 and Costing $7.69 for a combo meal with Freddy's famous shoe string fries and a drink, I'm giving Freddy's Fish Sandwich 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, a downgrade from the 2018 Challenge. With the dressing on the sandwich not being as robust as it once was and the fillets being a bit mushy, the sandwich is a very borderline repeat buy, as in, if I happen to be at Freddy's on a Friday.
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..."
Related, posted in 2018: Who has the best fast food fish sandwich? They are listed here from worst to first
Related: A "Who makes the best fish sandwich in Wichita?" Challenge - Day 1 Lunch: Sonic (Sonic was not reviewed in 2018)
The Freddy's visited on this occasion is located at: 11525 E 13th St N, Wichita, KS 67206. Dropping in for an early lunch, my girlfriend and I were greeted warmly as we walked in and our order was taken right away. Service was fast, friendly and we received our meals within 5 minutes.