For the next few Fridays, I’m going to review fish sandwiches from various fast food chains. Seems that everyone loves comparing burgers, fries and shakes. I figure it’s time we shed some light on our fishy friends. Just so you know, this isn’t a Catholic/Lent thing. It’s a “Wha–? They sell fish at Wendy’s?” thing.
Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich
Wendy’s entry in the fish arena is the 500-calorie Premium Fish Fillet sandwich. It’s a hearty sandwich, with a generous portion of Northern Pacific cod. Is that the “premium?” Maybe it’s the cost — it’s about four bucks (incl. tax). That’s more than double the cost of a Wienerschnitzel Sea Dog… but it also conquered my hunger in one shot whereas I could’ve easily eaten two Sea Dogs.
I have to say, it’s a pretty decent fish sandwich. It follows the same standard construction of bun/tartar sauce/iceberg lettuce/fish. The fish itself was pretty covered in panko and fried. The bun is good and I had no complaints with the tartar sauce.
Here’s the thing: This sandwich was distinctively Wendy’s. If you’ve ever had any of Wendy’s breaded chicken sandwiches, you’ll notice the spices they use. The fish sandwich uses the same spices… or it’s fried in the same oil the chicken is, and it’s getting seasoning slopover. In a blind taste test among fast-food fish sandwiches, you could ID it easily.
Like McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, this is apparently for a limited time only at select Wendy’s.
Our Man Horn