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Fish Friday Review Wrap-Up

For the last 6 Fridays we have brought you fast food reviews from the sea.  The Lenten season is coming to a close so let’s get these reviews ranked…here they are…from worst to first.

#6  Deep Sea Double from CheckersGrubGrade: 4.75/10 (Poor)

  • Pros– Compared to other fast food fish sandwiches, you get more for your money (2 for $5 for a limited time)
  • Cons– Not much flavor in the fish except a little bitter taste.  Lettuce wasn’t very fresh.  High in calories and fat.

Deep Sea Double from Checkers

#5  BK Big Fish Sandwich from Burger KingGrubGrade: 5.50/10 (Mediocre)

  • Pros– As advertised, BK’s”Big Fish” is big.  Not too pricey at $3.09, especially for the size.  The corn dusted bun fits the size of the fish patty well, preventing a mess of a meal.  Decent tartar sauce.
  • Cons– Bun is too dry.  Fish patty is pretty bland.  Limp lettuce.  Bigger isn’t better when it isn’t the most appetizing fish sandwich in the fast food world.

BK Big Fish from Burger King

#4  Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’sGrubGrade: 6.00/10 (Average)

  • Pros– I like the simple, soft steamed bun.  Tasty tarter sauce with pickle relish.  It’s a classic.
  • Cons– Terrible value at $3.09.  Seems to be getting smaller.  Lower quality than Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich.

Filet-O-Fish from McDonald's

#3  Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy’sGrubGrade: 8.25/10 (Very Good)

  • Pros–  Great corn dusted bun holds in everything nicely.  More filling and better quality than the McDonalds Filet-O-Fish sandwich.  Good crunch to the fish patty.  Includes fresh lettuce and tasty tartar sauce.
  • Cons– A bit pricey for the sandwich alone at $3.69.  Although the tartar sauce is tasty, there was just too much of it (this obviously is expected to vary from experience to experience).  Might be a little awkward/messy if you are eating on the go as the bun will shed it’s dust and you’re bound to stain something.

Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy's

#2  Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box from Popeye’sGrubGrade: 8.75/10 (Very Good)

  • Pros– Delicious cajun spices on everything.  Plump, flavorful shrimp.  A lot of food for $4.99.  Nice, sturdy, portable, ventilated box.  
  • Cons– Some shrimp have tails still on.  Shrimp can be a tad over-breaded and spicier than others.  Very fried, very greasy box of food.  860 calories and 49 grams of fat according to the Popeye’s website nutrition facts.  A ton of fries, could have been replaced some with a couple extra shrimp although it would have increased the price.

Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box from Popeye's

#1  Fish Sandwich from Arby’sGrubGrade: 8.75/10 (Very Good)

  • Pros– Really good sized fish.  Great bun.  Nice thicker than normal breading.  Best tasting fast food fish sandwich I’ve encountered so far.  At a price of $2.99, it’s a better value than McD’s, BK and Wendy’s.
  • Cons– Fish is too odd-shaped to fit the bun perfectly.  Shredded lettuce could get messy.

Fish Sandwich from Arby's

Fast Food Review: Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’s

The battle for fast food fish supremacy continues today with the leader of them all.  A classic that’s been around since 1962, the Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’s.

Filet-O-Fish from McDonald's (box)

While it’s true that a fish sandwich isn’t at the top of my list when I’m looking for a quick bite, I do recognize their importance in the industry.  You would figure that a place like McDonald’s, with their “Billions and Billions Served” claim, would step it up a notch with it’s offering.  We all know that McD’s isn’t known for the highest quality offerings yet still remains top dog.  Like it or not, they have brand recognition and still lead the pack.  To give McDonald’s credit, I have noticed positive changes in terms of quality (more than before anyways).  I think a lot of people just stick to what they’re used to for the most part and that has helped with it’s success.  McDonald’s is a place that most people grow up with if they are exposed to fast food as children.  I think the exposure is a top reason why McDonald’s remains #1 even with so many alternatives around these days.  I don’t frequent McDonald’s much at all and when I do I’ll usually go for the Fruit and Walnut Salad and a BBQ Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap.  

Filet-O-Fish from McDonald's

The last time I had a Filet-O-Fish was about 5 months ago and I recall it being pretty average, just like I remembered from years passed.  On my most recent purchase I noticed how small this sandwich has gotten.  Am I crazy or has this thing shrunk?  I’m 5 ft 11″ and 175lbs and felt like Shaquille O’Neal holding this sandwich.  It’s your standard battered whitefish patty, a half slice of processed cheese, a heap of tarter sauce with dill relish mixed in all on a steamed bun.  The fish patty is pretty simple and nothing too different than what you’d find in a frozen food section at a supermarket.  It is a breaded square patty that tastes decent and is pleasantly moist with a very subtle crunch. The slice of cheese seems like less than half a slice to me but that’s probably a good thing.  I’m not too keen on cheesy fish.  The tarter sauce is tangy and tasty and the bun is always soft and fresh.  At regular menu price of $3.09 it is among one of the worst values I’ve come across.  I swear this thing isn’t any bigger than the $1 McDouble.  It’s not filling at all for the sandwich alone.  If you have a big hunger, be prepared to order some extras.  All that being said, I enjoyed the Filet-O-Fish a lot more than the BK Big Fish from Burger King in the taste department.  I’ll give the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet the advantage in taste and size.  Please McDonald’s, I know the economy is bad but $3.09 for this sandwich alone is robbery.  I was pleased to see it offered at $1.19 for a limited time in the Washington DC Metro Area.  That special price will go away once Lent is over though.

Are my hands getting bigger or is the sandwich getting smaller?

Filet-O-Fish in hand

I hate to tell McDonald’s what is working and what’s not.  They are the fast food giants for a reason.  From a consumer standpoint that is completely open to the options around me, this goes under the “few and far between” category for me.  This sandwich has stood the test of time and it’s simple and successful.  Overall, the Filet-O-Fish is pretty average and would definitely be improved by being a better value.  We all know McDonald’s isn’t going to mess with the 40+ year classic taste.

  • Pros– I like the simple, soft steamed bun.  Tasty tarter sauce with pickle relish.  It’s a classic.
  • Cons– Terrible value.  Seems to be getting smaller.  Lower quality than Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich.

Filet-O-Fish Collage

Taste: 6.25/10

Value: 4.75/10

Grubbing on the G0: 7.50/10

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GrubGrade: 6.00/10 (Average)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $3.09

McDonalds.com

Nutrition Facts – Filet-O-Fish

Filet-O-Fish Nutrition Info

 

Food News: McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish $1.19 Starts Friday

Starting Friday March 20th, the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwich will be on sale for $1.19.  It’s about time consumers get a price break on this ever-shrinking fish sandwich.  Too bad it’s only this special price for a limited time and only at select participating locations.  Currently TV spots are running in the Washington DC Metro area for this deal.  I’m sure, depending on your area, there might be different specials going on.  With a few more weeks of Lent left, McD’s has sprung out a decent deal.  In my personal opinion, $1.19 should be the standard price.  Fish Fridays continue tomorrow so stay tuned for a new review.

Filet-O-Fish from McDonald's