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Doh! McDonald's introducing "Fish McBites"

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  1. "The bite-sized morsels will come in three serving sizes, but most importantly, won't be preglopped in American cheese and tartar sauce...which makes it immediately more palatable to those who are still against the unholy union of cheese and seafood."

    That unholy union is one of the only reasons I ever go to McDonalds (the other is the sausage, egg and cheese biscuit meal with the unnaturally formed hash browns).

    I intend to try these, but I hope they don't mess with the tarter sauce and ruin it by trying to make it healthy. I appreciate McDonalds for the junk food that it is ;)

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    1. re: sedimental

      but if we could just convince them to serve hash browns throughout the day, then we could make our own gluttonous sandwiches.

      1. re: hill food

        Now yer talkin'.

        I eat healthy 90 percent of the time...when I want junk....I say...gimme junk!

        1. re: hill food

          Oh my gosh, I would eat that - fish/tartar sauce/between two hash browns. Sounds really delicious.

          1. re: jeanmarieok

            get there at the "magic hour" where breakfast fades into lunch. there are usually hash browns still available.

            1. re: Vidute

              Yeah, these are called the "10:50 Filet-O-Fish" sandwiches.


              1. re: ipsedixit

                Exactly sledge..

                Road trip and gonna try the fish bites..maybe bring the sambal mixed with the tartar..bada bing.

        2. re: sedimental

          I ordered them yesterday. $3.20 for 10 bites and the tarter sauce was a bit on the thin side so I opted for a few lemon wedges instead. Not something I would eat often but I liked the crisp fish bites enough to recommend giving them a try.

          BUT-they don't come close to replacing a Filet O Fish. Completely different menu choice.

        3. Perfect timing, especially with the lentin season approaching. Dunk in tatar sauce and viola!

            1. Sounds like something you should take with you when going fishing.

              "Got any bites?"

              "Yeah, still got a whole bag of them."

              Also, get ready for all the "This bites" jokes.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    They had them a few months back but only for a few weeks. I really liked them and wish they were on the menu all the time. I hate their "cheese" on the Filet O Fish and they put way too much tartar sauce on the sandwiches.

                    1. re: randyjl

                      I agree on the cheese being weird on Filet O Fish, but the only thing that could possibly be described as too much tartar sauce is eating a vat of it straight off a spoon. And even there, I dunno, that might be fine.

                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                        Wow, spoken like a true champ. I think I'm in love.

                  2. re: olyolyy

                    Tried to today in Mill Valley, but they said -- Monday! -- so this early bird had to settle for the old standby FoF (sans cheese) -- not a bad consolation...

                  3. There's a marvelous local fish market, here in Chicago, called Hagen's. They do fresh fish, smoked fish, and have a menu of fried fish. One of my favorites is something called "fish chips" which is, essentially, fish nuggets. The difference is that it's from whole fish (something white and mild, probably cod).

                    They sell them by the pound and they're so good. McDonald's probably won't be able to compete for my palate!

                    1. "The fast-food giant will pay annual fees and royalties to the Marine Stewardship Council for the right to slap the group’s so-called ecolabel on its product packaging in its 14,000 stores nationwide."

                      Me smell conflict of interest there...I bet the MSC would certify bluefin tuna as a sustainable fishery if Japan paid them enough.

                      1. Mr. Pine and I split a "regular" size of 'em today (I think there were 15 in the pail)...not bad. Very mild (pollock), decent batter, side of tartar sauce (very commerical tasting, ketchup might be a better bet). I'd have them again, and I'm not a fish eater--meaning, they're that mild. Can't imagine they'd be good left sitting under a heat lamp, so glad ours were fresh-made.

                        1. My wife went to McDs today to get a drink and reported that they are available. I think we are going to try them.

                          1. Another reason to keep a bottle of Chipotle Tabasco in the glove compartment.

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                            1. re: Veggo

                              Veggo - is that ever a 'bad' idea?

                              1. re: hill food

                                Yes ... If you drive and park your car in the sun during the summer months in Phoenix.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  oh do tell.

                                  but who'd choose to go to PHX in the summer? (ok I did once but as a favor to a desperate friend and it was still June.)

                                  1. re: hill food

                                    I love PHX in the summer, desert summer nights are incredible.

                                2. re: hill food

                                  Tabasco holds up pretty well in the car. The powdered wasabi doesn't travel well, 90 days max.

                                  1. re: Veggo

                                    well yeah I'd think, I mean it's essentially spicy vinegar. how does that go bad or explode?

                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      I have a little tube of wasabi paste. I'll have to see if refrigeration is necessary.

                                      1. re: c oliver

                                        I also have a tube of wasabi, in the fridge. I keep the powdered in the car and bring it on trips, in the event of propitious moments. I recall being on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, when a neighbor caught a delicious yellowfin tuna, and I was wasabi-less!
                                        Heat is wasabi's enemy; keep it in the fridge.

                                3. Dang, I haven't tried a filet o fish in years, maybe I'm overdue on a visit

                                  or maybe.

                                  1. I enjoy FoF too. The only they can ruin these McBites is if the breading is too thick for the fish inside. As in, more bread than fish. Weren't McD's popcorn chicken thingies like that?

                                    1. Tried them today. WAY TOO MUCH breading! The sandwiches are good, but these are the same breading on a cubic inch of fish. Once I peeled off 2/3 of the breading, they were tasty, but then try dipping them!

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                                      1. re: StrandedYankee

                                        Is it the same exact breading? or spiced up? or batterered? i will still hold out hope.. Just curious, all you people who dont eat the fish sandwich cuz of the cheese and too much tartar... Why dont you just ask for no cheese? I get it with mayo and shredded lettuce and steal a tiny taste of hubby's tarter glop and its perfect. Also mine is always fresher cuz they have to make the no cheese ones up instead of sitting and getting hard corners...

                                        1. re: chompie

                                          Chompie, I'd say it was close to exactly the same. But since the fish pieces were SO tiny, you got almost none of the flavor or the texture. Removing most of the breading improved matters, but then dipping it in the tartar was, well...impossible.

                                          1. re: StrandedYankee

                                            Thanks for letting us know. What a bummer. :o(

                                          2. re: chompie

                                            Chomp, be careful what you ask for, many of the employees there are "english challenged" I once had a work party that I ordered 10 FOF for and asked for extra tarter and pickles and when I got to the site there was no pickles or tarter. Since you going to eat them there you were safe, but just use caution.

                                        2. Excuse me while I throw up on my keyboard...

                                          1. We had the Fish McBites for lunch just now. I will give them a solid "not horrible" rating. Too much breading for the amount of fish but the flavor was fine to me.

                                            My wife was considerably more enthusiastic but she likes breading and battered stuff in general more than I do.

                                            The next time she wants them I shall have a quarter pounder.

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                                            1. re: kengk

                                              Hubby and I finally tried them today and were actually pleasantly surprised. We sampled a small order along side our regular FOF. They are breaded and seasoned very differently than the FOF. Darker coating, more crispy and more flavored. The coating tastes a lot like a tater tot or the Dunkin Donuts Hash Browns, except that the Dunkin ones are way over spiced and over flavored and chemical tasting whereas these are milder than that. Flavor is predominatly lightly onion and paprika. The breading is thicker than FOF but i dont think excessive, no more than an average pub appetizer. The fish was less fishy than the FOF. You could kind of almost pretend you are eating mediocre fried scallops for a lot less money and fishiness than you get at Kellys. Good way to get kids to eat fish.. Anyways, obviously not gourmet seafood but then either is the FOF but a fun bite just the same. Something new for us non meat eaters is always welcome but usually tastes a lot worse...I would like to see someone do seafood in a puffy batter rather than breading but that could take a million years to happen..