A nice fish sandwich is an ideal break from the heaviness of a burger. Don’t get it twisted, we love an enormous ol’ burger round these elements. However generally we have to change issues up and there are few higher sammie alternate options than fried fish. The mixture of clean white fish, crunchy coating, tartar sauce, lettuce (or higher, slaw), and a buttery toasted bun work wonders within the taste division.
Fast meals joints are inclined to do unbelievable fish sandwich choices. The drawback is lots of them solely roll out their fried fish sandwiches throughout Lent. Spots like Dairy Queen, Wendy’s, and Chick-Fil-A solely have fish throughout that Mardi-Gras-to-Easter interval. That’s an actual disgrace. DQ’s Alaskan Cod sandwich is likely one of the greatest in the marketplace, however since you possibly can’t get it year-round we’re not rating it right here.
So, what are we rating immediately? Fast meals fish sandwiches which you could exit and get proper now, immediately. There will probably be no arguments. That is remaining.
10. Large Fish — Burger King
There’s nothing incorrect with BK’s Large Fish, per se. It has the essential parts in place: crunchy fried white fish, tartar, lettuce, toasted bun. The factor is, it’s simply okay. The fish is a bit listless and bland tasting. The crunch of the coating wanes underneath the burden of the bun. The lettuce would possibly as properly not be there. The skinny layer of mayo provides little.
9. Fish Sandwich — Jack In The Field
That is already a reasonably large step up from the Large Fish. The pollack is breaded in panko and fried properly — you truly know you’re consuming fish right here. The bun is a typical Jack within the Field providing, which isn’t dangerous however it’s not nice both. The tartar has a pleasant tang to it. The lettuce tends to be a bit crisper however will be wilted if it’s previous midnight and the road cooks have stopped giving a shit behind the scenes.
8. Whatacatch Sandwich — Whataburger
Sure, we’re together with regional retailers on this rating. Beginning… now!
Whataburger’s Whatacatch is an easy sandwich that hits the spot. The Texan fish sammie has a pleasant, crispy fish filet coated in gentle tartar with lettuce and tomato. The latter provides a pleasant layer of umami to the entire fish sandwich idea. Extra fish sandwiches ought to have tomato (and perhaps even mushroom) umami layers. Nicely accomplished, Whataburger.
7. Fish Slider — White Fortress
It’s onerous to not rank these fish sandwiches greater. They’re legit good. The truth is, the small fried fish filets on a small bun are the White Fortress one-hander that could be higher than their signature burgers. The slider eschews the lettuce and tartar for a slice of cheese, which simply works. The solely purpose these aren’t ranked greater is the calorie content material. Mainly, you’re getting about half of the sandwich right here for almost the identical quantity of energy as our subsequent entry.
6. Filet-O-Fish — McDonald’s
The Filet-O-Fish is a basic instance of a fish sandwich. The mixture of the buttery toasted bun, tangy tartar, fried fish filet, and a slice of American cheese simply works. There’s a softness to the bun that results in an excellent crunch of the fish. The tartar doesn’t overwhelm however is there in all its tangy glory. The cheese provides a pleasant, gooey contact of savoriness.
5. North Atlantic Cod Sandwich — Culver’s
Culver’s actually kills the fish sandwich recreation. First huge up: Beer battered fish as an alternative of bread crumbs. This provides a pleasant smoothness to the crunch of the fish. One other good ripple is using shredded American cheese underneath the fish filet. It will get somewhat melty and provides a pleasant creamy layer to the entire sandwich. The lettuce is on the underside too, which suggests wilting is excessive however that’s okay. The tartar has a pleasant tang that feels extra mayo-heavy than lemony tart.
4. Big Fish Sandwich — Captain D’s
Okay, we’re hitting the massive ones now. Captain D’s makes a hell of a fish sammie. That is mainly two entire items of their fried, beer-battered fish on a pleasant toasted bun with somewhat lettuce on high and loads of wealthy tartar sauce on the highest and backside bun. Let’s face it, we’re all the time searching for that further dipping cup of tartar and Captain D’s delivers with sauce throughout the fish. Plus, this fish is actually lush and recent with an excellent crunch issue.
3. COD Sandwich — Lengthy John Silver
It was onerous not rating this one greater. The panko-crusted fish filet actually works on this sandwich. The addition of crunchy pickles is a stroke of fish sandwich genius. LJS’s tartar has an excellent tang that seems like wealthy mayo by means of a ripe lemon. Total, this one is a winner.
2. Popcorn Shrimp Poboy Sandwich — Popeyes
The final two seeds are actually splitting hairs. Popeyes’ Popcorn Shrimp Poboy is likely one of the greatest total sandwiches on the quick meals market (their catfish rocks too). The crunchy and barely spicy morsels of shrimp are little umami bombs of goodness subsequent to funky pickle and tangy sauce. The hoagie, or sub-aspect, of the sandwich, helps in making this one really feel extra like a full meal fairly than a fast snack.
Sure, this can be a departure, however shellfish counts as fish in our science books.
1. Fish Sandwich — Ivar’s
Seattle’s Ivar’s has a fish sandwich that’s leaps and bounds above all others. First, there’s the bread. The bun is a quasi bannock bread bun that has a pleasant heft that permits the entire thing to carry collectively whereas nonetheless being gentle with a slight sourdough tang.
Then there’s the wealthy and tangy slaw. It has heft and sustainable crunch. There’s no wilted lettuce to disappoint you right here. Lastly, the fish is a beer-battered masterpiece of sea brine freshness that hits the proper be aware of crisp and refreshing. Should you’re in a mall within the Seattle space, discover the Ivar’s and get this sandwich. You’ll fall in love.