Tucked away in the furthest corner of the contiguous 48 states is the town of Imperial Beach, California. And there, you can find one of the few remaining Rally’s drive-in restaurants in San Diego County. Rally’s (or Checkers, as it’s known elsewhere in the U.S.) is a tiny little fast food joint, where you can order from the walk-up window or one of two drive-thru squawk boxes but there’s no inside seating. I remember at least 2-3 other locations (Sports Arena, Kearny Mesa) that have since closed. And since they offer a fish sandwich, they got my business (and a review).
Since Rally’s offers both a single- and double-portion fish sandwich, I figured I should give them both a try.
The Deep Sea Double ($2.49) comes with two deep-fried, geometric square portions of fish, resembling the ubiquitous Filet o Fish from McDonald’s. Nestled between the fish slabs is a slice of American cheese and beneath is the tartar sauce. A handful of shredded lettuce completes the sandwich. The fish and tartar sauce are OK in flavor and quantity, but there’s really no memorable flavor to the sandwich as a whole. It’s pretty non-descript — nothing stands out.
You might think the Crispy Fish Sandwich ($1.50) is simply the Deep Sea Double minus one fish patty, but you’d be wrong. You also lose the slice of cheese and the fish portion seems thinner. Like its bigger brother, I just couldn’t get excited about the flavor. It was mundane… even boring. I don’t know what would help it, but the fish just kind of gets lost with the bun and lettuce. I don’t know if additional tartar sauce would have made it any better. Maybe malt vinegar?
Rally’s has a much better reputation for their burgers and their battered and seasoned fries. I would say avoid their fish sandwiches altogether.
The Crispy Fish Sandwich weighs in at 430 calories and 19g fat, and the Deep Sea Double contains 640 calories and 31g fat.
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