One of the last major fast-food chains I expected to find a fish sandwich was Arby’s. It never dawned on me that the chain known for its roast beef sandwiches and jamocha shakes would also offer a fish sandwich, and a pretty good one, too. As I pulled into the drive-thru, I remember thinking, “Wait! Does Arby’s even have a deep-fryer?” But then I saw the fries and onion rings on the menu and shrugged to the affirmative.
Although it took a few extra minutes (like SONIC, I think they fry to order), it arrived hot and fresh. The first thing you’ll likely notice about the sandwich is its weight. It is heavy! Under Arby’s typical “hilly” sesame seed bun is a traingular slab of deep-fried fish so large that all three corners protrude from the bun’s footprint (see the McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish for the exact opposite experience). Aside from the fish and bun, the sandwich also comes with shredded lettuce and tartar sauce (you can also get cheese for an additional cost).
There wasn’t much tartar sauce in proportion to the fish, so my sandwich was a bit on the dry side. The fish was tasty but I think it was in the fryer a bit too long because the breading was a bit dark. The tartar sauce was a bit sweeter than I prefer.
The fish sandwich weighs in at 540 calories and 23 fat grams, but it also fills you up for several hours. For $2.99, it’s a good deal for the money. An even better deal is their two-for-four dollars deal, but please make sure the second sandwich goes to another person. GrubGrade rated it the #1 fish sandwich among the top 5 fast-food chains (presumably McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and maybe Carl’s Jr.?).
Oh, I almost forgot! The cashier asked if I wanted ketchup, BBQ sauce or Horsey sauce. I know they’re conditioned to ask this of every customer but the idea of adding any of those to a fish sandwich turns my stomach.
According to their website, it’s a limited time offer.
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