Be honest: The last thing you're thinking about when you go to a fast-food restaurant is "fish sandwich." However, when Lent rolls around, it's a valid thing to consider, especially if you're giving up red meat until Easter. Some fast-food chains pounce on this opportunity and feature fish on their meat-heavy menus.
Still, you're cautious -- and rightly so. That's where your good buddy Gut Check comes in.
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For this edition of Fight Club Sandwich, we focus on two companies promoting a "premium fish" sandwich during Lent: Burger King and Wendy's. Who will prevail?
The Contenders Burger King brings the "Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich" to the table. According to the company's website, this sandwich is a:
light and flaky 4.3 oz. cold water white fish fillet topped with tangy tartar sauce and shredded lettuce on a corn-dusted bakery-style bun.
Nothing like tartar sauce to mask the discomfort of biting into a big ol' hunk of mystery fish. "Cold water." Very reassuring, Burger King.
On the other hand, Wendy's lays it all out on the table with its "Premium Cod Fillet Sandwich." Let's read from their website, shall we?
[W]e use only 100% cod straight from the North Pacific. Battered in light, crispy Panko breading and topped with tartar sauce and fresh lettuce -- all on a warm, toasted bun.
Ooooooh! Panko! Then again, the emphasis on precision doesn't come as that much of a surprise from the folks who brought us new, "ultra-modern" stores.
Next: And the winner is...?
The Verdict Up first: Burger King's Unknown Species. The bread isn't bad, a soft foil to the crisp outside of the fried fish. The pickles add a welcome crunch. And the fish? Tastes like...fish. Yes, Gut Check is pretty certain this sandwich is made with fish. White fish.
When we unwrap our Wendy's sandwich, we're a little let down by the lopsided bun. But our mother taught us never to judge a book by its cover, and the very first bite of this sandwich got our attention. No generic "fish," this. This is cod, pure and simple. The use of panko results in a lighter -- yet still crisp -- shroud for the fish fillet.
Burger King's bun gets the nod, and the accompaniments nudge out Wendy's. But the fish decides this fight, and this Fight Club Sandwich belongs to Wendy's. Premium, indeed!
Wendy's, Gut Check salutes you for keeping it 100 percent cod.
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