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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

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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.

Fast Food Review: Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy’s

While nowhere near top seller status, fast food fish sandwiches still do deserve recognition.  Recently I sampled the Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy’s

Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy's 1

While currently only available at select  Wendy’s locations, I feel this fish sandwich deserves to be offered at every Wendy’s location.  With Ash Wednesday now behind us, do not be surprised if you see fast food fish offerings (and possible deals on Fridays) spring up at many restaurants.  Not to get all religious on the GrubGrade audience but if you didn’t know, Catholics abstain from eating meat on Friday’s during the season of Lent.  Fish is accepted and has become a staple on the Friday’s leading up to Easter.  So the fast food industry capitalizes on this.   This fish sandwich is better than what I’ve come to expect from a fast food joint.  It’s tasty, filling and doesn’t leave me wanting something extra.

Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from Wendy's 2

Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich is billed as “Hand-cut fillets of North Pacific cod in a crisp Panko crumb breading, served with crisp lettuce and creamy tarter sauce on a warm bun.”

  • 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 3

Taste: 8.5/10

Value: 5.5/10

Grubbing on the Go: 6.0/10

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GrubGrade: 8.25/10 (Very Good)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $3.69

Wendys.com