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Best FF fish sandwich

I can't see how people think that MickeyD's has anything close to the best fish sandwich. IMo, Burger Kings rules! It is HUGE, and usually very hot! MickeyD's is half the size. Damn shame Wendys does not offer one, nor Hardees.

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  1. Wait until Lent. They all offer a fish option then.

    Arbys and Carl's Jr and Wendy's in San Diego all do. Even Chick Fil-A offers a veggie wrap for Lent.

    1. I agree that the BK fish sandwich rules. Hot and fresh with lettuce, when the fish pattie is fried well, the sandwich shines. Although, I still like the McD's filet-o-fish just for nostalgic reasons. Growing up in a non-beef-eating family, AND having a sesame allergy, it was one of the few things I could eat.

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      1. re: Prav

        I'm a BK fish sandwich friend,too! I recall the horror of all FF horrors back when you could not even GET a fish sandwich at McD's without that wretched stuff they call "tartar sauce". I cured me of McD's fish sandwiches for life! I must admit that I'm not a big fan of the BK's "shredded" lettuce fetish. But, alas I suffer! LOL

        1. re: Deepster

          I've never been in a McDonald's where you couldn't order a Filet O Fish without tarter sauce.

          1. re: Deepster

            I had my first BK Big Fish yesterday. The fish as good, but they could leave off about 1/2 of the lettuce. Coring the lettuce before they shredded it would also be a nice touch.

            I didn't notice much difference in the sauce but I do prefer the more substantial BK bun.

            1. re: Kelli2006

              Isn 't it interesting how different people are? I also tried my first BK Big Fish yesterday. They had it on special 2 for $3.00. One for now and one for whichever co-worker didn't get a lunch.

              This was one of the worst fish sandwiches I have ever had, hands down. The bun, which was really good looking, fell apart after about 2 bites. What was on the bun was some kind of grease (butter maybe?) and something that was, I guess, supposed to be tartar sauce but had no taste. TONS of shredded, now-limp lettuce that fell on my lap as I drove. The fish had no taste, although it was certainly hot and most probably fried fresh. Breading fell off of it in chunks as I ate it. GREASY.

              I was so disappointed because everyone has been raving on here about it and with Lent, just not so many fish choices for a quick lunch. Guess it's back to McD's for me. And the BK fish was a nice size too - the McD's is awfully small. Tried to pawn off the remaining sandwich at work but no bites.

              1. re: TwoPointers

                The BK Fish sandwich + Driving = Impossible :) Unless you want lettuce all over your shifter.

          2. re: Prav

            (Reply to 'Prav')

            Nothing wilts or takes the 'crisp' out of a peice of lettuce faster than a super hot fresh out of the deep fryer piece of battered fish.

            I've always liked McD's FoF better than any others. All I need on my FoF is the sauce and the cheese between those oh-so-soft buns that McD's FoF is famous for. They may not be huge, but they're the best.

            1. re: crt

              There's kind of a mild sweetness in those buns!

          3. it's been a while since i had one, but i recall that dairy queen had a rather delicious fish sandwich...i may have to do some research on this tonight. :o)

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            1. re: soypower

              Lent. They have it during Lent. McD's has 99 cent Filet O Fish Fridays during Lent. That is when all fast food places want your business.

            2. Sorry... I have loved McD's fish sandwiches since I was little! Just something about them... the tartar sauce maybe? I don't know, but they are my favorite fast food ever. No doubt.

              1. Wendy's used to offer one in the Chicago area anyway . It was oval, and not very good since they use the cheap sugary mayo on their other sandwiches, and subsequently used it for their tartar sauce which made the fish a sugary tasting mess ('ll never understand why there are people that like sweet, sugary, tartar sauce on their fish - makes no sense to me. I MUCH prefer real mayo based tartar sauce - like BK and MCD use)

                Anyway, Arby's fish filet is my all time favorite, but they use the sugary tartar sauce too, so I can't get it with the sauce on it. If Arby's used mcd's tartar, they'd have the best hands down. Overall, BK has the goods for me. I always ask for a few slices of tomato and some onion, and it just takes it over the top.

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                1. re: gordeaux

                  Arby's Fish sammich is back in most stores for the Lenten season! They have the spicy sauce again as well (the spicy sauce is not sugar laden like the reg tartar sauce is). Chicago mkt has them priced at 2 for 4.00. It's only 7:30am, and I already know what's for lunch today!

                  Also, anyone tried the new "premium" fish filet they are now advertising for Wendy's?

                  1. re: gordeaux

                    The Wendy's sandwich is quite good, though a bit pricey at $3.69 (in the Baltimore area). Very crunchy with the panko crumbs.

                    You might have it cheaper in Chicago as the Arby's fish deal in the Baltimore area is 2 for $5 and not 2 for $4 as you have.



                    1. re: KOK

                      agree on wendy's premium fish filet.

                2. Culver's has fried fish where you can actually see the fish! And they have walleye fried fish a couple of weeks a year. Both have too much breading, but it can easily be peeled away.

                  1. I still like the McD's FoF for nostalgic reasons, although I think it's overpriced for what you get. I haven't had a Burger King fish sandwich for about 20 years, as the last one I had made me violently ill and I'm afraid to try it again.

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                    1. re: podunkboy

                      Oh the regular price for Filet O Fish is crazy. During Lent, most of the McDonalds have $1.29 FoF Fridays and there are three Franchise stores in San DIego that I know of that have it that price year round on Fridays.

                      I had 3 FoF last Friday and a small fry- less than $5!

                    2. The Filet-O-Fish rocks.

                      I don't care about size, price, etc. The FoF just tastes better, everything else is a runner-up. It's the way a fish sandwich is supposed to be. A bit sweet, a bit tangy, a nice little crunch around the edges, but soft and spongy enough that it's completely edible even without your trusty dentures.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Completely agree. And I'm going to try to phrase my next comment so as to both stay on topic and not get dinged by the mods: there is something good and funky going on, aroma-wise, between the heat exuding from the fried fish, the sour tartar sauce, and the cheese-covered spongy/yeasty bun; it veers on the sensual. There is an intoxicating funk going on and its fragrance is released the moment you unwrap this sandwich, in a manner I've likened to what pheremones are supposed to do between consenting adults. The filet-o-fish sandwich is like a first girlfirend, in a way. You remember the co-mingling of her unwashed hair, cheap perfume, and an undefinable olfactory grit, that was never really re-created by subsequent girlfriends. I dare not venture further down this line of suggestion, but let's just say that the warmth, the aroma, and the early imprinting of this sandwich on a hungry vulnerable silence9 back in the day justifies not washing one's hands hours after devouring the sandwich. It lingers and reprises a wistful smile, if only in the mind...

                        1. re: silence9

                          Excellent post!!!

                          I like the McD's FoF for its smaller size. The BK Big Fish is a bit too big for just a snack. And being Jurassic, I haven't liked ther BK fish since it stopped being the 'Whaler' (sound geezer alert!)


                          1. re: KOK

                            LOL - The WHALER!! I remember!!

                            And PS - silence9? Issues, my friend, issues.
                            Just kidding.

                            Well, maybe not. :-P

                            1. re: KOK

                              I never considered myself to be that old (HS class of 84) but I still occasionally call it the "Whaler".

                              I still prefer the Filet-o-fish for the memories that were imprinted from being raised Roman Catholic.

                              Silence9 deserves the post of the day award, plus a cigarette.

                              1. re: Kelli2006

                                We're as young as we feel : )

                                Extra points if you also remember BK's hot ham and cheese 'Yumbo'


                                1. re: KOK

                                  Thank you!! I was trying to remember the ham sandwich the other day and my friends laughed at me when I said I thought it was called "Yumbo"! I LOVED that sandwich.

                                  1. re: KOK

                                    Oh, yeah, I remember it. I went in and ordered the "ham and cheese" sandwich. The snippy countergirl said "Do you mean the Yumbo?". I replied "The ham and cheese sandwich". She says "It's called a Yumbo, and you have to ask for it by name". I turned around and walked out.

                                2. re: KOK

                                  Oh no...the Whaler. I'm afraid we're going to hear about silence9's second girlfriend now.

                                3. re: silence9

                                  After reading that, I need a cigarette ....

                                  1. re: silence9

                                    I need to pay more attention to my next FoF - whoooooa!

                                    1. re: silence9

                                      wow, silence9, where do YOU order your fof?

                                      1. re: gloriousfood

                                        Hi... Another true F'o F story: Scene: my rock band at Spring Break in Daytona Beach, circa 1983. One night after a gig, I passed out in my hotel bed, my face plastered to a filet 'o fish sandwich. Sometime in the middle of the night, I tugged my face free from the bed linen, with the sandwich still adhering to my face. Upon fingering the congealed fish/mass on my face and realizing that it was not a horrible disfigurement, I proceeded to peel the sandwich free from my cheek and enjoyed a pre-dawn breakfast of compressed grease and sauce sweeter than the morning dew...

                                        1. re: silence9

                                          That's the most disgusting/amazing thing I've read in a long time.

                                          1. re: silence9

                                            I'm begining to understand the tie in to your first girlfriend a little better.

                                          2. re: silence9

                                            ok.....you just ruined the FoF sandwich for me...i think you and your sandwich need to get a room ! lol

                                            1. re: im_nomad

                                              can one marry his FOF sandwich in massachusetts?

                                        2. try the BK fish sandwich made like a whopper.they will look at you funny and say mayonaise?you say yes, they say ketchup ?you say yes.they say tartar sauce ?you say no. say you want it made just like a whopper!they will shrug their shoulders and make you one fine fish sandwich.

                                          1. I was wondering about KFC and other chicken places, as well as Long John Silver's? Anyone had fish sandwiches at any of these? I have not, so I'm looking for recommendations.

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                                            1. re: amandaqtpie

                                              The little $1 "Snacker" ones at KFC are good. Small, though.

                                              Pressure fried separately so no mixing of flavors. Crispy but not greasy.

                                              1. re: amandaqtpie

                                                KFC does not have a fish sandwich on its menu. The Snacker is a small sandwich consisting of a batter fried piece of chicken. Long John Silver's does have a fish sandwich on its menu. I haven't tried it, so can't comment. KFC & LJS's are a YUM Brands Inc. chains and there are some 'combo' locations.

                                                1. re: crt

                                                  I ate a Fish Snacker (and blogged it) last year during Lent.


                                                  The Fish Snacker was still available in the summer, because I went to KFC a few times rather than the McDonald's next door which did not have the less expensive Filet o Fish on Fridays. I have not gone to KFC lately, but Lent starts on Feb 6 this year, so I would think the Fish Snacker will be on the menu then, if it was taken off at all.

                                                  1. re: Cathy

                                                    Ooops! My 'bag' Cathy. When I went to KFC website when I posted early this morning, I don't remember seeing it, and I don't ever remember seeing in on the menu at the KFC I frequent. Maybe I wasn't looking close enough there either??? A subsequent Google search of 'KFC Fish Snacker' and it returned the KFC web with the sandwich menu and sure enough, there it was!

                                                    1. re: crt

                                                      there was a coupon is last Sundays newspaper for $.20 off the LJS's fish sandwich. I am going to try it and I will report back for Friday.

                                                      Their fish is a guilty pleasure of mine, so I expect this to be good.

                                                      1. re: Kelli2006

                                                        The LJS fish sandwich is totally a weakness of mine. Some stores do them better than others, but I generally find them very satisfying.

                                              2. I used to REALLY like the one at Wendy's, but they took it off the menu (at least here in New England).


                                                1. I had the Wendy's Fish Fillet (that's how they spell it) for lunch today because there's no McDonald's anywhere nearby. It just doesn't do it for me. I missed the cheese and the tangy sweet bun. It's also a huge rip-off at $3.19.

                                                  1. In Toronto, Wendy's has just started advertising a new fish sandwich (oh, is it Lent already?), which they say is north Pacific cod, full fillets (i.e. not pre-formed patties). I will bite the bullet, and try one for lunch today. Post the review later!

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                                                    1. re: KevinB

                                                      We lost the Wendy's one in Michigan, too, but it might be back for Lent. I was a big fan: I get it with pickles and mustard (and sometimes cheese) instead of the tartar sauce. The McD's one is too processed.

                                                      I wish LJS made a fish sandwich, because they have a wonderful Alaskan halibut that would be perfect for it. And the Whale of a Cod sandwich at Eat n'Park is outstanding (and huge, hence the name.)

                                                    2. How does JitB's rendition compare??

                                                      1. Okay. Have to weigh in on the Wendy's version. Just had one today and actually it was quite good. I ordered it without the lettuce. As I pointed out in a previous reply here for me, nothing wilts a piece of lettuce, or shredded lettuce, faster than a fresh and super hot out of the deep fryer piece of breaded fish! So it just doesn't belong. But back to the sandwich. Again, it was quite good. A pretty substantial piece of fish, though nothing like the pictures their advertising shows (no surprises there, does any fast food chains pictures in their advertising match what they serve you???). And it was very crunchy. And the crunch survived through the sauce and the soft bun. The sauce didn't have as much flavor as McDs FoF does. So on that point, I give it to McDs, I like there sauce even if some think they put to much on. Also they don't put cheese on it, again like McDs does. Another 'point' to McDs...love the cheese! I guess one could probably ask to have cheese added, but I'm sure it would cost extra. I still like McDs FoF the best of all, but I have to give the Wendy's FoF an A+ for effort and it comes in a high 2nd place!

                                                        1. Arby's has been advertising 2 fish sandwiches for $5 - has anyone had one? My 2 cents - I love McDonald's filet o'fish. There is no substitute!!

                                                          1. OK, finally got around to trying the new Wendy's fish sandwich in Toronto. Kind of expensive, as the combo (chili, drink, and fish) was almost $6.

                                                            The fish was actually quite good. Hot, light, crisp batter, nice texture, nice taste. My objection, as almost always, was the bun. Why does every FF place feel a need to serve their sandwiches on these flavourless, white, seemingly pre-masticated buns? Couldn't they at least offer us the choice of a decent crusty roll instead? The prep needed a bit of work too; the piece of lettuce seemed to have been thrown on, and half was hanging out of the bun, while half the fish wasn't covered. Not a big deal to rectify, but still. Tartar sauce was the usual mayo/relish combo; OK, but nothing special.

                                                            If we were making a trip to Wendy's, I would try it again, but I wouldn't make a special journey for it; for almost the same money, I can get a much larger serving of fish and chips at my local spot which is much tastier, and I get my choice of cod, halibut, or sole.

                                                            1. Tried the Wendy's fish sandwich last weekend. It was on special, $4.89 for a combo. The fish was of good quality - no dark spots like what you sometimes find on a McD FF, and nicely battered with panko. But.. it just could not compare to the greasy goodness of a McD FF with the tartar sauce dripping all over the place and the slice of melted cheese. The Wendy's FF had a big piece of lettuce but no cheese and the sauce was not as good. Nor did it have that special textured bun of a McD FF. So while I think Wendy's is higher quality, McD's wins the tasteoff hands down. There is no comparison.

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                                                              1. re: monkuboy

                                                                I think that's the beauty of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich.

                                                                There's no silly lettuce (or other accoutrements exept a thin half slice of cheese) to get in the way of the crispy fried goodness of the fish patty and tangy gooeyness of the tartar sauce.

                                                                This is also why the Arch Deluxe Fish Sandwich went the way of New Coke. It was the bastard step child of the Filet-O-Fish. It was larger, but had of all things lettuce (gasp!) and a nasty potato roll instead of the soft chewy bun found in the original. Thank goodness Ronald McDonald got rid of that thing.

                                                                Still, I'm a bit saddened that I was never in a market that I got to sample the "Double Filet-O-Fish" ....

                                                              2. Burger King's. Definitely. I think Fillet O' Fish, while tasty (especially the tartar sauce) is way too small.

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                                                                1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                  Well for some, bigger isn't always better. I'll stick with the McDs FoF, definately.

                                                                  1. re: crt

                                                                    Filet-O-Fish. Small?

                                                                    No way! Not when you eat 3 of them at once.

                                                                    1. re: crt

                                                                      Yes, that's true. But in this case I happen to think that BK's fish sandwich is both.

                                                                    2. re: FoodieKat

                                                                      Just tried the Carl's one yesterday and it was just meh! I don't think it is really bigger than McD's but just has a bigger bun and extra condiments, which makes it seem bigger. The fish itself was 2 triangles and there was a lot of batter and air pockets. I don't do McD's anymore, but maybe I will have to go and try one for nostalgia's sake.

                                                                    3. Did Burger King change their Big Fish sandwich? This was my favorite, but I haven't had one in awhile..just had one and it was on a big dry kaiser like roll, and the patty was tiny! Iremember the bun being a big flat sesame bin (like a whopper bun) and the patty being as big as the roll that the corners stuck out?

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                                                                      1. re: burlgurl

                                                                        Oh that is disappointing. Have they started to skimp on their fish patties?

                                                                      2. i've heard of the legendary double filet o fish. alas--not available here.

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                                                                        1. re: hellpaso

                                                                          I don't think I'd like a double filet.. that would upset the perfect portions of the original. The original has synergy!

                                                                        2. Wendy's advertises a fish sandwich on their website, but I haven't seen it at their restaurants yet (I live in Southern California). For my money, I'm thinkin' Arby's when it comes to fish sandwiches. Just tried Arby's again for the first time in years. The fish portions are huge, and the spicy Cajun sauce really is just that. Very good for a ff sandwich. I also like their horsey sauce, as I am a wasabi/horseradish addict. And they have mozzerella sticks. With marinara sauce that is actually kind of tasty. Who knew?

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                                                                          1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                            A couple of months ago I had a fish sandwich at a Wendy's in Anaheim. Don't know if they're still offering it. Maybe it a 'limited time' offer thing. I don't know if it was actually listed on the permanent 'menu board' or one of those temporary floor sign advertisers that I saw it on.

                                                                            1. re: crt

                                                                              um yeah....it isn't Lent any more. First reply to OP..

                                                                          2. When I was a kid my favorite fish sandwich was at a Midwest chain called Burger Chef. Decent size, great tasting fish, nice flavor on the tartar. I find the BK sandwich a little dry. Mickey's just has the right combo of soft, cripsy and juicy. Who know's if it's even fish, but it works!

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                                                                            1. re: cincychili

                                                                              I remember burger chef and their fixins bar. I didn't remember a fish sandwich there though. They need to bring it back so I can try it!

                                                                              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                                                                                I must be getting old. I too remember going to Burger Chef (Burger Chef and Jeff! was in their ads), as well as the Whaler and the Yumbo.

                                                                                1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                  Burger Chef was bought out by Hardee's. (What a disappontment, They were the first place to have a kid's meal with toy.) From time to time Hardee's (and I assume Carl Jr's) do bring back their sandwich offerings, like the Big Chef burger. The fish sandwich from there may not just be a memory.

                                                                                  1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                    the whaler was the fish sandwich, and yumbo was ham and cheese, right? was that burger chef? i thought the whaler was burger king?

                                                                                    anyway, i grew up in sw florida in the 70's and remember burger chef. those yumbos were good, whoever made them!