Monday, January 9, 2012

Arby's Fish Sandwich [Review]


It’s no secret that Fish sandwiches at Fast Food restaurants are an after -thought. Most don’t even bother wasting menu or freezer space when it isn’t Lent—the time when Catholics and non-Catholics will eat fish sandwiches from almost anywhere (i.e. fire houses, school gyms, doctors offices, barber shops) Arby’s has decided to jump ahead of the pack and unleash their take on the no frills sandwich a month and a half early.



All fried fish sandwiches start the same, breaded fried fish and tartar sauce. From here, the remaining ingredients vary from place to place but are limited to some combination of the following: lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Arby’s keeps it simple and cheap by selecting only lettuce from the ingredient options.


The sandwich seems meatier than most fast food fish sandwiches, utilizing a substantial fillet of fish. It was much more filling than McDonald’s Fillet-o-fish offering, which has a tiny perfect square patty. Arby’s took time to make sure their frozen fillets at least resembled the shape of a fish fillet. Their fillet was actually very plump and did not taste soggy. It has decent substance to it, rather than a really soft bite. The main thing that holds this sandwich back, as usual, is the subpar lettuce. Give me romaine, or at least some sort of leaf lettuce; the shredded lettuce just feels and tastes very low quality. My sandwich also had a noticeable fried taste to it, but I’m sure that’s not consistent with every sandwich.



One final negative is that Arby’s does not identify the fish anywhere. I haven’t been able to locate any promo material that claims what kind of fish this is, which is very unsettling. You may remember the fish sandwich that Wendy’s released in the midst of their “you know when it’s real” campaign last year. They claimed their fish was 100% north pacific cod. Sure it was farm raised and not wild caught, but at least they let us know what we were eating. [EDIT: Arby's was gracious enough to notify us that the fish in their sandwich is Alaskan Pollock.]

Because fast food fish typically stinks, I’d say Arby’s fish sandwich is the best out of all the major fast food fish sandwiches. Having said that, It still isn’t reason to stop going to your local nail salon for your favorite fish fry sandwich during the Lenten season.

3/5





13 comments:

Anonymous said...

My Arby's fish sandwich looked nothing like the ad photo, or ever your photos. I got about a dozen strands of thin-sliced lettuce and a small dab of drab tartar sauce.

Carl's Jr. does a much better fish sandwich IMHO. A good sign is when the fish sandwiches (and fish and chips and fish tacos) are available year-round like Carl's, rather than a seasonal offering like Arby's or McDonald's.

Anonymous said...

Had a Arby's Fish Sandwich today, okay but greasy, lettuce was brown and sauce was yucky. Won't buy again. Micky D's is the best.

Anonymous said...

I drove to both wendys and arbys tonight for a taste test of fish sandwiches (yea, I'm that lame). Hands down, the arbys fish sandwich was better. Bigger, meatier, and cooked better. We don't have a Carl's Jr. to compare to, but this is the best fish sandwich around.

Anonymous said...

Hubby and I just had 2 for supper tonight in Green Bay. We thought they were very good! We stopped early (about 4:15) so we got fresh made ones, which might make a difference. The lettuce is neither here nor there...nothing to judge FISH by anyway. BTW I saved 200 calories or so by removing the bun and putting mine on a slice of ezekial bread.

Anonymous said...

Arbys has a good fish sandwich part of the year they get my fish sndwich budget due to exelent prouduct. The rest of the year I buy fish from burger king were I have to wait because it is cooked alacarte ( to order).Tot is best.

Cinblonde said...

Fukushima radiation has hit the West Coast. I'm not eating ANY fish out of the Pacific. Can't Arby's find a new supplier?

Cinblonde said...

Fukushima radiation is in the fish in the West Coast. I won't eat any fish from the Pacific.

Anonymous said...

Most Alaskan Pollock goes to China for processing, god knows what kind of garbage it sets in before it is unleashed on an unsuspecting American public

Anonymous said...

DEAR FAST FOOD GEEK, HOW GOOD FOR THE VALUE IS THE FISH SANDWICH YOU ARE SELLING? OH...YOU'RE NOT SELLING FISH SANDWICHES. BUT YOU LIKE THEM, DON'T YOU? IF YOU HAD TO BUY THE SHIT AND PRODUCE A FISH SANDWICH IN YOUR HOME, HOW GOOD WOULD THAT BE? HOW COSTLY? HOW MUCH WORK? I WISH I COULD SHOVE A BIG FISH UP YOUR ASS. MAYBE THEN YOU WOULD APPRECIATE THE EASE WITH WHICH YOU CAN BUY HOT FRESH FOOD OF ALL KINDS WITHOUT ANY WORK ON YOUR PART. I'M GOING OUT NOW TO ARBY'S. YOU HAVE FUN AT HOME.

Anonymous said...

"McD's is the best," said no one ever...except the nutjob who posted above.

And who is complaining about a "small dab of tartar sauce"? Just ask for extra, you idiot. Some people...

Anonymous said...

DEAR RANDOM FUCK WHOSE POST IS NOW BETWEEN MY POSTS, HEY DICK-LESS ASS-HOLE, I NEVER MENTIONED MC'D OR ANY TARTAR SAUCE. WHAT KIND OF MEDS ARE YOU ON? JACK OFF AND SHOOT YOUR SPERM ON YOUR FINGERS AND LUBE THEM UP TO FINGER YOUR ASS. ARBY'S FISH RULE!

Anonymous said...

"I haven’t been able to locate any promo material that claims what kind of fish this is, which is very unsettling."

You must not watch any TV at all. The Arby's fish commercial (with boats and all) has been on constantly. "really??, really?? "

Anonymous said...

I bought 2 fish sandwiches the 2 for 5 deal. I ate the 1st one because I was really hungry. I threw the 2nd one in the trash because the 1st one wasn't that good . I like tartar sauce on my fish not just tasteless salad dressing! Also, I asked for cheese and it was ice cold and didn't even melt at all. I'll never order one again. And I love fish sandwiches.