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Why do foodies like the McD's Filet o' Fish?

I've noticed a strange amount of foodies like/love/tolerate the Filet o' Fish? I even include myself.

What's up with this? Is just the most viable McD's option?

Just curious.

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  1. Well.. Not just foodies, but EVERYONE. It's hard to find someone who doesn't love a filet o' fish.

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    1. re: mstinawu

      you just found someone who doesn't like the filet o' fish: me.

      the mojara frita (sp?) at mariscos chente on imperial when sergio is cooking is the fried fish that i love.

      that said, i could be content with rubber bands for dinner if they were covered with enough ketchup.

      1. re: mstinawu

        Count me in the group that doesn't love it as well, in fact I hate them. But I'm not a huge fried seafood sandwich type of person.
        Now that's not saying I don;t like a quarter pounder with cheese. What's wrong with liking something that isn't considered foodie?

        1. re: mstinawu

          I'm not a filet o' fish fan either. Perhaps we should start a club?

          1. re: mstinawu

            I've never had one. Always ate the burger/nuggets as a kid. Never the fish. Meh. I love fish, even the deep fried kind. I HATE McDs though. Haven't eaten at that place in almost 10years. But, if we are ever stranded and that's the only viable option, I'll try the filet-o-fish just because of this thread ;)

            1. re: livetocook

              I always impressed people as a toddler because I could eat a whole filet o' fish myself. I could also eat those huge shrimp platters at Red Lobster as a toddler(myself). Oddly now I can't stomach shrimp and do not have an opinion one way or the other about filet o' fish.

              1. re: Fromageball

                That's what happened with me with shrimp. Loved them when i was little, then at some point it switched and I couldn't stand them! Must have just overloaded on them. I'm just now starting to get over my aversion.

            2. re: mstinawu

              I need to join the anti filet-o-fish club. Where do I send in my membership dues?

              1. re: mstinawu

                I know very few people who do like it or even the idea of it!

                1. re: mstinawu

                  Well, I'm another one on the NOT FOF bandwagon. Can't stand them. Could never understand why anyone would want to eat fish on a bun.

                  1. re: boyzoma

                    Lenten special. Good marketing, actually.
                    Not a fan, but to each their own.

                    1. re: boyzoma

                      I have no problem with fish on a bun, a good catfish poboy is wonderful, but the FoF is horrible.
                      Fibber, funny you mention the lenten special, when I was in high school, on Fridays we would head to Mcd's before baseball practice during lent for the FoF and they always had the hamburgers on sale. lol

                      1. re: roro1831

                        Yes I have no problem with fish on a bun either. Even fast food fish on a bun. The Arby's and Wendy's fish sandwiches are probably some of the best things on their menus.

                        But the FoF, not so much. Rather gross in my recollection.

                        I remember the Burger King Big Fish Sandwich as being rather meh though I remember a girl who LOVED them lol

                        1. re: PenskeFan

                          For myself, I like the Wendy's fish sandwich but dislike the Arby's fish sandwich. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7253...

                          I'm sure location and ingredient batch make a difference, of course, even if everything is supposed to be "standardized"

                          1. re: huiray

                            True I think location could make a difference. I know in Richmond our Arbys have been "upscale" for quite a while, even had people having wedding receptions at one of them. The local group that owns the chain has their own local CIA chefs and feature grass-fed beef and turkey.

                          2. re: PenskeFan

                            That's because the Big Fish was an imitation of the original Burger King response to the Filet O Fish- the Whaler.

                            ...ah yes, Whoppers and Whalers...the Original Burger King selections.

                            1. re: Cathy

                              Wow I almost forgot about the Whalers :)

                              1. re: Cathy

                                I remember Whalers (and liking them) and Yumbos (hot ham & cheese) ~~ not my thing so much.

                          3. re: boyzoma

                            "Could never understand why anyone would want to eat fish on a bun."

                            Not to mention fish on a bun with cheese! Bleck.

                            1. re: boyzoma

                              Oh my, no po'boys for you? Or fish dumplings?

                              1. re: shanagain

                                And no lobster rolls for them, either! And no crab cakes benedict for them, either.

                              2. re: boyzoma

                                re: "Could never understand why anyone would want to eat fish on a bun."

                                Really? Why is the concept odd to you?
                                A well made fried whiting sandwich or catfish po'boy is all the proof of concept I need.

                                1. re: The Professor

                                  Well, there are folks who would only eat stuff like delicately poached sea bass on a bed of microgreens, or seared halibut with exquisite artisanal sauces and baby carrots - y'know, that sort of thing...

                                  1. re: huiray

                                    Actually I like filet of fish better than halibut. I don't think halibut has much flavor, unless it has the artisanal sauce you mentioned. Halibut and flounder are for people who don't like the way fish tastes.

                            2. BTW~ Did you just read that article on CNN? =P

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                              1. re: mstinawu

                                Haha. I just looked up the article. My coworker started talking about it a few minutes ago and we had a conversation. He may have indeed read it.

                              2. (1) "Foodies" are over at zagat.com. (2) This thread will likely be bounced to the chains board. (3) Psst, if no one is listening, you do ask an interesting question. I tend to rant and rave against In-N-Out burger, e.g., but last night came very close to stopping at McDonald's for a fish sandwich w/cheese + fries. In my refrigerator at home, I had part of an exceptional strip steak from the Pacific Dining Car next to leftover fries w/cheese sauce from Portillo's. On the front seat of my car sat two peach donuts from Donut Man. But I was nearly swept away by the craving for a McDonald's fish sandwich, which I finally resisted. Maybe I like it because, as a kid, we had only fried fish at home, and McDonald's does a much better job of frying than my mother, who was a great baker but not so good with fish and seafood.

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                                1. re: hnsbmg

                                  Growing up in a Taiwanese home we always had some type of seafood on the dinner table at night, but I still crave the filet o fish every now and then like crazy! Course we also almost never ate anything deep fried at home either so maybe that's where I got my fried fish fix.

                                2. I consider the Filet-O-Fish among the essentials in life, right up there with oxygen and water.

                                  2 Filet-O-Fish + 1 large Vanilla shake = Perfect post 20-mile run refueling meal.

                                  1. I used to love them, but now they're so tiny and pricy they're not worth the effort. For readers who have the Rally's chain in your area, their fish sandwich is everything the McDonald's filet used to be and more. And right now they're running a 2 for $3 special.

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                                      1. re: Emm

                                        They are on sale on Fridays during Lent in San Diego County (used to be $1 but creep up every time minimum wage goes up; I think $1.29 this year) and three locations still have FoF Fridays all year.

                                        There is something about the steamy white bun and crispy fried patty and 1/3 slice of American cheese with a glob of that tartar sauce which is very comforting. One time this year I ate two and that was too much food. Or fried.

                                        1. re: Emm

                                          You're right... Rally's is way better than MCD's FOF.
                                          MCD was good when they www made with cod and the price was close to a buck. Now they use pollack.