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 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 10 restaurants so far in this challenge. Which restaurant and their version of a crispy fish sandwich will get top honors?
For dinner this day, it was Long John Silver's.
Below is the 2022 review for Long John Silver's, which finished second-to-last in the 2018 review. Here's a snippet from that review: There was no real crunch in that first bite, in fact, it was gummy. Some of the outer edges had a slight crunch, but there was virtually no crunch at all in the 'meat' of the fish, it was mush.
What a difference a fryer at the proper temp can make! I got a delightful crunch in every bite and a batter crunch bite, not a breading crunch bite. The fish wasn't mush like it was in 2018 either, it was moist and flaky, the result of a proper fry. The sandwich was adequately dressed with the tartar which was a bit bland so it could have used another pickle as I didn't get pickle in every bite. There's just something about the pairing of fried fish and having a tartness to go with it in either the tartar sauce and/or the pickle. There was nothing special about the bun, it could have used a toast and while the fish fillet had plenty of width, it wasn't the thickest fillet so the fish to bun ratio was a bit of an issue in a couple bites.
Scoring 57 out of possible 63 points and costing me $4.93, this was a far better fish sandwich than what I got served in 2018. With a much better fry preparation this go-around, the score of 57 earns the Long John Silver's Fish Sandwich 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. A toasted bun and one more pickle would have edged it up to a 5 star sandwich and yes, it's a repeat buy.
The Long John Silver's visited on this occasion is located at 547 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207. Hitting the drive through around 11:30am, the service was fast and friendly. From time of pulling in line (1 car ahead of me) to receiving my order took less than 5 minutes.
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)