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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

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Fast Food Review: Deep Sea Double from Checkers

Today marks the sixth “Fish Friday” review in a row for GrubGrade.  As the Lenten season comes to a close, I am happy to leave the cold waters and back onto dry land.  Last week I raved over the Arby’s Fish Sandwich and this week unfortunately takes a turn for the worst.  I give you my review of the Deep Sea Double from Checkers.

Deep Sea Double from Checkers (top)

Checkers advertises itself as “Little Place, Big Taste”, but the (2 for $5) Deep Sea Double fish sandwich I will advertise to my audience as “Little Cost, Big Disappointment”.  The Deep Sea Double is billed as “Two breaded white fish filets, fresh American cheese, tarter sauce and crisp lettuce on a toasted bun.”  The two fish patties are square and a little bitter tasting.  They were pretty dry and crusty around the edges.  With each bite I kept thinking of old grease being used to fry up these patties and being held down too long, thus drying out the fish in spots.  Other than the slightly bitter taste, they really didn’t pack a lot of flavor.  The tarter sauce didn’t stand out at all with this sandwich.  Maybe if it was a single fish patty, instead of a double, it would’ve changed my opinion.  Honestly, I couldn’t tell if there was tarter sauce or mayonnaise mixing in with the lettuce on the top bun.  The bottom bun had a better coating of tartar sauce but still didn’t stand out much.

Deep Sea Double from Checkers (closeup) The Deep Sea Double places one slice of American cheese in between the two fish patties.  The melted cheese glues together the patties well but never made an impact in the taste department until my final bites.  The shredded lettuce wasn’t very fresh and it was good that the sandwich wasn’t packed to the gills with it (bad pun intended).  Now to the “toasted” sesame seed bun.  Why is it that 75% of the time a fast food joint mentions a toasted bun, it doesn’t seem to be the case?  What is with that?  The bun was fresh and soft and did it’s job holding together the sandwich but, shocker, it did not appear to be toasted.

Deep Sea Double from Checkers (split)

Overall, I think Checkers swung and missed with the Deep Sea Double.  One of the few redeeming qualities is that they are on sale, 2 for $5.  I recommend spending your $5 bucks on the Arby’s Fish Sandwich or the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet.  Let’s face it though, Checkers will always get by on the burgers.  As this Lenten season ends, let’s forget we even encountered the Deep Sea Double and find a Checker Double Decker Burger to help erase the memory.

  • 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 (collage)Taste:  4.50/10

Value:  8.00/10

Grubbing on the Go:  6.50/10

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GrubGrade:  4.75/10  (Poor)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: 2 for $5.00 (promo price)

Checkers.com

Nutrition Facts: Deep Sea Double

Calories – 640

Total Fat – 31 grams

Saturated Fat – 13 grams

Trans Fat – 1 gram

Cholesterol – 95 milligrams

Sodium – 1170 milligrams

Total Carbs – 63 grams

Dietary Fiber – 5 grams

Sugars – 5 grams

Protein – 25 grams

Fast Food Review: Fish Sandwich from Arby’s

Just to be upfront with everyone, I cannot find this item on the Arby’s website.  I assure you it does exist and as fish sandwiches go, it’s very good.  It’s Friday so here’s another fish review.  The elusive “Fish Sandwich” from Arby’s.

Fish Sandwich from Arby's 1

While known for roast beef and curly fries, Arby’s can actually impress me from time to time with it’s menu variety.  I love the Chicken Salad Marketfresh Sandwich and the Jamocha shake.  I also appreciate that you can get any of Arby’s Marketfresh sandwiches made into a wrap.  I have to say, it’s Lent and I promised fishy reviews on Friday’s and I’ve saved this one for a few weeks.  It truly is the king of fish sandwiches when it’s lined up against industry titans, McDonald’s (Filet-O-Fish reviewed) and Burger King (BK Big Fish reviewed).  I did enjoy the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich but Arby’s did it better.  First off, the fish patty isn’t shaped like a CD case.  The Arby’s fish isn’t molded into a square and it sort of takes the shape of an actual fish.  I’m just not used to seeing that with fast food fish.  At least that gives me hope that it’s a fish and not parts of 14 different fish pressed into a patty.  The fish has tasty breading and a light crunch which is exactly what I look for in this type of sandwich.  Not too crunchy and overwhelming to the point where it disguises what I’m eating.  The breading is thicker and more prominent than on other fast food fish.  This sandwich also contains the standard tartar sauce which I found to compliment the meal better than the rest.  A decent sprinkling of shredded lettuce adheres to the sauce and coats the inside of the bun.  I rarely venture out seeking a fish sandwich but this is one that really stood out.  I must say, I have had this sandwich more than just recently.  I remember I gave it a shot last year and could recall it was one of the better fish sandwiches I’ve tried.  This most recent visit confirms it.  Especially after trying most of the others.

Fish Sandwich from Arby's 2

If I could find this sandwich at Arby’s all the time, I wouldn’t be against ordering it on a regular basis.  It might be hard to track down but I recommend trying it if you do.  The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish I felt was too small and the BK Big Fish was too dry.  It just hasn’t been the most impressive lineup until now.  I also must add that this sandwich is $2.99 which is cheaper than the fish sandwich at Wendy’s ($3.69) and McDonald’s ($3.09).  When comparing it to the rest of the competition this one is my favorite.  

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

Arby's Fish Sandwich CollageTaste:  8.75/10

Value:  8.50/10

Grubbing on the Go:  7.50/10

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GrubGrade:  8.75/10  (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price:  $2.99

Arbys.com

Nutrition info not available

Food News: Boston Market Does Fish?

Another limited time offering for Lent.  This time it’s Boston Market and it’s only available on Fridays leading up to Easter.  While known for menu items such as rotisserie chicken and “just like home” side dishes, Friday will serve up Baked Whitefish at Boston Market.  It’s hard to find a place not catering to special Friday needs these days.  That’s a good thing.  Only a few more Fridays left until Easter.

Boston Market Fish

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

Fast Food Review: Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box from Popeyes

It’s Friday the 13th, time for another seafood review.  On Fridays, during the season of Lent, GrubGrade will feature and review some tasty fast food ocean options. Today we will spotlight a fan favorite from the “Lousiana Kitchen”.  It’s back and returns with a new packaging.  Introducing the Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box from Popeyes.

Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box from Popeye's (box)

The Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box (also known as the Seafood Tackle Box) comes packed with a nice combination that is sure to fill you up.  It features eight butterfly shrimp, Cajun fries and a buttermilk biscuit.  You can substitute the fries for a different side item but, on this occasion, I kept it standard.  The Cajun battered fries are spiced just right, so I find no need for added salt or ketchup.  The Cajun spices pack a lot of flavor in each bite.  They are crisped just right and are plentiful.  The fries act as the bed for the fried shrimp and biscuit.  The shrimp is heavily breaded to the point where it may be difficult to determine what exactly it is that you are eating by the looks of them.  You might mistake the shrimp for chicken nuggets they are coated so thick.  This doesn’t take too much away from the shrimp as the breading does provide a nice flavor of sometimes-spicy Louisiana seasonings.  Also notable, of the eight shrimp, some may have tails and some may not.  The biscuit, as always, is crusty on top and soft inside.  Popeye’s biscuits have always been a favorite of mine and they are lightly coated with seasoning.  With your platter you will receive cocktail sauce if you wish to dunk your shrimp.  I would be fine without since there is already a lot of flavor coming out of this loaded box of food.

Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box from Popeye's

As the Lent season ends, the Popeyes’ Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box will be taken off the menu.  This limited time offering will be missed.  Like the occasional Cajun Crawfish Platter that makes an appearance from time to time, these shrimp will end up taking a backseat to the chicken.  

  • 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.

Popeyes Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box CollageTaste: 9.25/10

Value: 8.50/10

Grubbing on the Go: 7.75/10

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GrubGrade: 8.75/10  (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $4.99

Popeyes.com

 

Nutrition Facts – Butterfly Shrimp (Grams-102)

Calories – 310

Total Fat – 19 grams

Saturated Fat – 8 grams

Trans Fat – 1 gram

Cholesterol – 90 milligrams

Sodium – 800 milligrams

Carbs – 22 grams

Dietary Fiber – 2 grams

Protein – 13 grams  

Nutrition Facts – Fries (Grams-88)

Calories – 310

Total Fat – 17 grams

Saturated Fat – 7 grams

Trans Fat – 1 gram

Cholesterol – 7 milligrams

Sodium – 660 milligrams

Carbs – 35 grams

Dietary Fiber – 3 grams

Protein – 4 grams

Nutrition Facts – Biscuit (Grams-60)

Calories – 240

Total Fat – 13 grams

Saturated Fat – 7 grams

Trans Fat – 0 grams

Cholesterol – 0 milligrams

Sodium – 490 milligrams

Carbs – 26 grams

Dietary Fiber – 1 gram

Protein – 4 grams

Note:  The Popeye’s Nutrition Page showed portion size as 1 for the shrimp, 1 for fries and 1 for the biscuit.  It doesn’t seem as precise as some other sites so keep that in mind.  This platter contains 8 shrimp, a ton of fries and a biscuit.