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ISO a better Fishwich

P. has a lenten traditoin of having a Filet-o-Fish on the friday of his birthday, this occassion happened last week... He looks forward to it every year, so I asked him innocently how his meal was... I almost lost my head... Condensed rants follow:

They raised the price! Last Year it was a dollar, this year it's a $1.29

The fish was COLD

The Cheese was not MELTED. And it was only 1/2 a slice!!!

A grumbing tirade continued for the next 15 minutes (including how a great monologue on how much a WHOLE slice of 'McCheese', which probably isn't real cheese anyway, really does cost).

Yeah, it was pretty funny to witness... LOL! But I told him, that is why we thank *deity* for the hounds and that next year, up until his birthday, we'll make it a mission to find himself a good a new fishwich...

So, I have already knocked Cap'n Kidds in Redondo beach out (The last time I went the place was VILE), but are open to any other suggestions including fast food ones...



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  1. A current resident on my "must go-to" list, another way of saying I haven't been there yet, is the Fish Grill on Pico in WLA (now 3 locations):


    I have seen it favorably dicussed here, and elsewhere, and I think they closed their Ventura Blvd. location down. They're Kosher, so on Fridays they close at 2:30.

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    1. re: JBC

      I am by their Pico location about twice a week though I've never seen it. I'll have to check it out

      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        We finally got around to trying Fish Grill on Pico last night. It wasn't bad at all, although just a bit eccentric. Cynaburst had an ahi salad with a big piece of *thoroughly* cooked ahi (9.95). I got the skewers with Boston Bluefish (snapper), which was a strikingly large portion with lots and lots of peppers and onions, the fish grilled nice and crisp, and a side of rather good rice (8.95). PoPJr. had kids' fish and chips, which was actually one good-sized thin piece of fried fish atop a lot of skinny, slightly limp but tasty fries (5.95). You order at the counter, which seemed to take a long time as the cashier schmoozed away with regular customers, but the food didn't take long once we finally did get our order in. Drinks are basically limited to coke, diet coke, sprite, coffee, and tea.

        P., for your fishwich-replacement hunt, the sandwich choices are: fried fish sandwich, grilled fish sandwich, salmon fillet sandwich, tuna fish sandwich, ahi-teriyaki sandwich. (No tuna (or other) burger, which disappointed PoPJr.)

        They have cookies for dessert but we went next door to Carvel and tried the softserve (which was all think is sorta bland) and the scoop ice cream ("chocolate volcano" & "wedding cake" flavors) which we liked rather more than we expected to--at least on a par with Baskin-Robbins, maybe even a little more flavorful and less of that overwhelming butterfat feel that B-R has.

        Fish Grill is on the top (5th) floor of the confusing retail complex at Pico and Beverwil (on the same level as Long's Drugs, but near the Beverwil end). You can sit inside where it tends to be a bit noisy and chaotic; or outside on the big patio overlooking Pico, which is surprisingly pleasant (and where, subject of couse to applicable open container laws, you could presumably bring something better to drink than the limited sodas available inside; no outside food is allowed in the restaurant itself, due to Kashrut requirements. Maybe Carvel could whip up something resembling a Shamrock shake?)

        1. re: PayOrPlay

          Question! Years ago, I had fish and chips at a Kosher fish restaurant and couldn't eat either the fish or the chips. The fish had been battered with the skin on, which I found inedible. The chips were made from potatoes that had not been peeled and the potatoes were so small that they were all peel and no potato.

          Is this something they do in all Kosher fish restaurants? Is the fish and chips at Fish Grill like that?

          1. re: PayOrPlay

            Combined with your very well written review here, along with the fact that I got a discount coupon in the mail for them, I will have to give the Brentwood location a try. Will post my impressions after dining is done. Thanks for your compelling write up.

            And just an FYI to the board. The coupon notes that all of the locations will be closed from April 2 to April 10 for Passover.

      2. This won't be much help because I haven't tried any of them yet, but I've noticed KFC, Wendy's and Jack in the Box have all recently added Fish sandwiches to their menus. I believe I've had the Carl's Jr. one at some point and it wasn't better than the beloved McD's Filet-o-Fish.

        When I was a kid the fish sandwich at Bob's Big Boy was my go-to item there. I haven't been to one for a long time to know if they still have it or not.

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        1. re: Itslikeimsayin

          Bob's is on our list of LA Instituitions to try so that will go on the list of what to get there.

          1. re: mojoeater

            I haven't had Rubios but I've had del Taco's and in a pinch they satisfy a fried fish craving but they are not a Filet o'Fish which what I was craving.

          2. The fish sandwich at Gulfstream is great, a little pricey though

            1. Dommy - That's what ya get for a 1.29!

              For an upscale of a fishwich why don't you direct the birthday boy to a Habit. I love the ahi burgers. He can dress it up or down. I get mine w/BBQ, lettuce, tom, tarter, and pickles. YUMMO! www.habitburger.com

              1. Not exactly upscale, but try the Sea Wolfe at Wolfe Burger.
                Plus, they have a great condiment bar.

                A bit more upscale is the albacore tuna sandwich at Julienne in San Marino.

                Wolfe Burgers
                46 N. Lake Ave.,
                (626) 792-7292

                2649 Mission Street
                San Marino
                (626) 441-2299

                1. Ok, since we're admitting to eating fast food - Burger King on the corner of Palms and Sepulveda has "the best" Big Fish sandwich. Last week through drive-thru they had a special on Fridays - perhaps for lent/good friday/fish on friday special or perhaps in honor of your husband's birthday traidtion! $1.39 just for the fish sandwich

                  1. Highly recommend the fish sandwich at Red Robin. Fresh batter fried filets, lots of cabbage and pickles, and great tartar sauce on a big fluffy bun.

                    1. The other part of my diatribe which Dommy! forgot to mention was the lack of Shamrock Shakes in SoCal. I went and had this vile Filet O'Fish at the McDonald's where last year they were the only one I found to have the shake. So Bonus point for places which might have minty green shakes for St. Paddy's Day Fridays during Lent

                      Take Care

                      - P.

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                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                        Head to Fosselman's in Alhambra for a Shamrock Shake.


                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA


                          Jack In the Box has Andes mint shakes right now. My husband got one the other day and I had a taste, yummy!

                        2. For a fast-food fish sandwich, the one at Farmer Boy's is great. Large pieces of crispy fish with tartar sauce (I usually opt for no veggies in my sandwich). Best eaten right away, however. It tends to get soggy fast.

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                          1. re: wakko11

                            McDonald's has always used 1/2 a slice of "cheese" on their Filet O' Fish sandwiches (at least since 1996). The reason being that the fish patty is smaller than a whole slice of cheese, so they don't want it to be overwhelmed. As far as it being "cheese," I remember a tv commercial for the 1/4 lber stating that it had two slices of cheddar cheese product, so I guess it's not really close enough to cheese to satisfy their lawyers.

                            I, too, am much disappointed by the raise in price to $1.29 on Fridays, as I would look forward to $1 filet o' fish day for the entire week. I guess overfishing is starting to make an impact...

                            I haven't had a fish sandwich in LA that's better than the filet o' fish at McD's, but I second the vote for fish tacos (of any sort). What about KFC's codwich? They had the audacity to ask the Pope for his endorsement, so it must be good!

                          2. The Codburger sold by the seafood place in Farmer's Market isn't bad.

                            1. I'm a Farmer Boys fish sandwich fan also.
                              It's packed with steaming hot, hand battered fish.