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Doh! McDonald's introducing "Fish McBites"

ipsedixit Jan 24, 2013 08:16 PM

Read about it here, http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-mcdonalds-sustainable-fish-20130124,0,3215877.story, and here, http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

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    sedimental Jan 25, 2013 02:24 AM

    "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
      hill food Jan 25, 2013 02:38 AM

      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
        sedimental Jan 25, 2013 03:01 AM

        Now yer talkin'.

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

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          EWSflash Jan 28, 2013 06:08 PM


        2. re: hill food
          jeanmarieok Jan 30, 2013 01:28 PM

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

          1. re: jeanmarieok
            Vidute Jan 31, 2013 11:16 PM

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

            1. re: Vidute
              ipsedixit Feb 1, 2013 07:18 AM

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


              1. re: ipsedixit
                Beach Chick Feb 11, 2013 10:17 PM

                Exactly sledge..

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

        3. re: sedimental
          HillJ Feb 14, 2013 04:31 PM

          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.

          1. re: HillJ
            ipsedixit Feb 14, 2013 07:15 PM

            Good to know. Thanks HillJ

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          treb Jan 25, 2013 12:21 PM

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

          1. Chemicalkinetics Jan 25, 2013 02:38 PM

            Kayne West will like them.

            1. Tripeler Jan 25, 2013 04:49 PM

              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: Tripeler
                AllenShawn Feb 3, 2013 04:11 PM

                Ha, good one.

              2. olyolyy Jan 26, 2013 06:28 PM

                Has anyone tried them?

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                1. re: olyolyy
                  ipsedixit Jan 26, 2013 06:56 PM

                  Not out until Feb.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    randyjl Jan 26, 2013 07:23 PM

                    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
                      Jacquilynne Feb 8, 2013 10:11 AM

                      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
                        ipsedixit Feb 12, 2013 11:11 AM

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

                  2. re: olyolyy
                    Sarah Jan 26, 2013 08:14 PM

                    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...

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                    Violatp Jan 26, 2013 08:05 PM

                    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. Stiflers_Mom Jan 26, 2013 08:11 PM

                      "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.

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                        pine time Jan 30, 2013 01:27 PM

                        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.

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                          kengk Jan 30, 2013 01:29 PM

                          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. Veggo Jan 30, 2013 01:55 PM

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

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                            1. re: Veggo
                              hill food Jan 30, 2013 08:49 PM

                              Veggo - is that ever a 'bad' idea?

                              1. re: hill food
                                ipsedixit Jan 30, 2013 08:52 PM

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

                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                  hill food Jan 30, 2013 09:21 PM

                                  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
                                    rasputina Feb 7, 2013 07:02 AM

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

                                2. re: hill food
                                  Veggo Jan 30, 2013 10:14 PM

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

                                  1. re: Veggo
                                    hill food Jan 31, 2013 12:06 AM

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

                                    1. re: Veggo
                                      c oliver Jan 31, 2013 07:50 AM

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

                                      1. re: c oliver
                                        Veggo Jan 31, 2013 08:02 AM

                                        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.

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                                  kevin Jan 30, 2013 08:52 PM

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

                                  or maybe.

                                  1. pdxgastro Jan 30, 2013 09:01 PM

                                    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?

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                                      StrandedYankee Jan 31, 2013 05:13 PM

                                      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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                                        chompie Jan 31, 2013 11:06 PM

                                        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
                                          StrandedYankee Feb 1, 2013 12:10 AM

                                          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
                                            pdxgastro Feb 1, 2013 04:18 PM

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

                                          2. re: chompie
                                            malibumike Feb 7, 2013 08:18 AM

                                            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.

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                                          Dinermite Feb 8, 2013 09:54 AM

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

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                                            kengk Feb 9, 2013 10:16 AM

                                            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
                                              chompie Feb 10, 2013 04:09 PM

                                              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..

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