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Rating Fish Sandwiches - Where does Dairy Queen Rank?

By Mike Thayer

Dairy Queen Fish Sandwich
DQ switched fish

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 what restaurant makes the best fish sandwich?

In the name of 'food science' (a'hem, cough), I have been sampling fish sandwiches for lunch AND dinner, hitting 11 restaurants so far in this challenge. Which restaurant and their version of a crispy fish sandwich will get top honors?

For lunch this day, it was Dairy Queen.  Below is the 2022 review for Dairy Queen, which finished second in the 2018 review.  Here's a snippet from that reviewThat's right, I went to a place that's known for ice cream, to have a fish sandwich. I had an Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich from DQ for dinner and it was delicious! 

Dairy Queen earned a surprising 2nd place finish in the 2018 review with their Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich.  They won't finish 2nd this year because they switched fish and now serve Polluck which is a less expensive, not as flaky and thinner fish fillet.

DQ Fish Sandwich
Thinner fish fillet, tartar sauce that's not tart

Remembering how much I enjoyed their Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich, I was looking forward to biting into another one.  Sigh...  What a let down.  The Polluck fillet was only crunchy on the edges, the breading got soft in the middle.  The fish to bun ratio was OK despite the thinner fillet and the toasting on the bread was nice.  The lettuce was fresh and provided a nice contrast in texture but the tartar sauce was quite bland.  There was no tart kick in this sandwich and a bit of tart is needed in a fried fish sandwich.

Scoring 45 points out of a possible 63 and costing me $8.59 for a combo meal to include fries and a drink, the 45 point score earned Dairy Queen's Fish Sandwich 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  DQ switched fish and served it with a tartar without twang, resulting in an inferior sandwich.  It's not worthy of a repeat buy.

3 stars

The Dairy Queen visited on this occasion is located at 1520 S Webb Rd, Wichita, KS 67207.  Hitting the drive through about 12:45pm and behind just two other vehicles, the attendant taking my order was impatient, spoke to fast and was difficult to understand over the menu speaker.  From the time I pulled into line to receiving my order took 9 minutes and I was able to listen to two classic rock songs on 104.5 The Fox, rock'n to Aerosmith and the Doobie Brothers.

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)

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Related: A "Who makes the best fish sandwich in Wichita?" Challenge - Day 3 Lunch: Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken (Not reviewed in 2018)

Related: A "Who makes the best fish sandwich in Wichita?" Challenge - Day 3 Dinner: Fish and More (Not reviewed in 2018)

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