We Tried Fried-Fish Sandwiches From Every Major Fast-Food Chain — And The Winner Is Clear

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Chipotle's tacos

"I used to work at Chipotle, and never ever ever order the Tacos," says KourageWolf. "You get less than half the regular portions. Instead, order a bowl with whatever you want in it, then ask for the taco shells, hard or soft, on the side."

Anything but wings at Buffalo Wild Wings

"Don't get anything other than the wings. That's the only quality thing there. Everything else is frozen s***," says HunterOfTheSky."

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Subway's oven-roasted chicken

"The 'oven roasted' chicken was actually boiled in a microwave," says Reddit user Hotpotabo.

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Starbucks' 'secret menu'

"Don't order something from the 'secret menu,'" writes justine7179. "We sure as s*** don't know what a Snickerdoodle frappuccino is, as it is not a menu item. Employees would be more than happy to make you a drink if you just explain the recipe rather than the name of it."

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Dairy Queen's salads

"Salads from DQ are a rip-off," writes obeyyourbrain "They just recently down-sized them while changing the bowl to make it look like the same amount. Over $5 for 3 oz. of old lettuce, cabbage, carrots and even older grilled chicken."

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Any hot Starbucks food

"All Starbucks food is reheated frozen food," says likeabaker. "Ridiculous how little people realize that. Doesn't mean it doesn't taste good, it's just not fresh at all and incredibly overpriced."

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Auntie Anne's Pretzel Dogs

"The only thing I can say is that sometimes the pretzel dogs (hotdogs) can be icky when you don't order one fresh. When they sit in the warmer, they shrivel up and get all chewy," says blamethecranes.

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Unsalted fries from McDonald's

"Don't be one of those people that orders fries from McDonalds with no salt then ask us for salt packets right after we give you your food," says anti-food hack Reddit user StrawberryMarmalade. "I don't care what you read up on Buzzfeed. If you want fresh fries, ask us."

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Wendy's fries

"My brother's girlfriend used to work at Wendy's and a saying there was (about fries) 'They aren't old until they're sold,'" says Wrinklestiltskin.

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Carl's Jr./Hardee's chicken tenders

"We were supposed to throw them out after 20 minutes," says i_Ryan. "We were told not to do that. We would sometimes serve 1-2 hour old tenders. You can always ask to make them fresh but expect to wait 5-10 minutes."

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Jimmy John's Gourmet Veggie Club

"If you're trying to order a healthy option, don't order the Gourmet Veggie Club," says lolutah. "It's the second most caloric sandwich behind something called the 'Gargantuan.'"


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  • Lent, the Catholic observance during which many abstain from eating meat on Fridays, ends this week.
  • Fast-food chains only have so many non-meat options — and fish sandwiches are often the most popular choice for observers, so we compared several chains' fishwiches.
  • Unsurprisingly, most were gross, but a select few actually surprised us.


A similar feeling of hesitation often accompanies something else from the sea: fast-food fish sandwiches.

McDonald's Filet-O-Fish — created for Catholics abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent — started the trend in 1962. Since then, most fast-food chains have introduced a Lent-approved fish sandwich.

But are they any good? "Fast-food fish" doesn't sound seaworthy on paper. We decided to taste test fish sandwiches from seven major chains to find out which fishwiches fill our sails, and which ones deserve a keelhauling.

Ah, the beautiful bounty of the sea: Arby's, Burger King, Dairy Queen, McDonald's, Popeyes, Wendy's, and White Castle, fresh from the nets.

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This fishy fare is ranked worst to best, as follows:

Arby's Crispy Fish Sandwich

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The pale, sesame-seed encrusted bun is soft and clammy — seafood pun unintended, but welcomed nonetheless. In a word, the gist of this sandwich is … gummy. The texture (or "mouth feel," a food writing term that brings an instant grimace) is chewy and dense in both bun and fish. The fillet is comically large and tragically sodden. The tartar sauce is undetectable. If there were any flavor to begin with, I’m unsure I could identify it amidst the dense breading and denser bread.

It lacks any taste or joy. The chain should stick to its tried-and-true turf, because its surf is stagnant.

Dairy Queen Alaskan Pacific Cod Sandwich

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I've met an iteration of this sandwich once before, and calling the impression "not good" would be a gargantuan understatement. This fish sandwich seems to be an update on the distasteful predecessor, improving some qualms and doubling down on others. The bun still slides about on the cod fillet, slicked by a spill of tartar sauce the size to which even the Exxon Valdez would take offense. The lettuce swims about in it like oil-soaked kelp, doomed to spend eternity in condiment purgatory.

However, to give credit where credit is warranted, the fish itself is an improvement. It’s not crispy, it's not great — but it's identifiable as something that once swam.