War on the high seas: The search for the best fast-food fish sandwich

The fast-food fish sandwich is a contentious beast. Beloved by some, maligned by others, it forever occupies a niche spot in menus dominated by the All-American cheeseburger. As such, it is equally marginalized in serious coverage of those same national chains, leading to a situation where the hungry consumer looking for an alternative to a beef patty may not know where to turn for the best options. Almost everyone knows what chain carries their favorite burger, but the fish sandwich has more variables. What kind of fish is it? What comes on the standard sandwich? What type of bun is used? If you have answers to these questions for more than two fast-food locations, you’re far ahead of the curve.

My Homemade McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish burger! An epic fish burger that tastes remarkably similar to the real deal with the added bonus that it’s bigger, you know what goes in it, and it’s healthier ’cause it’s BAKED w/a Fry option! (Though you can totally fry it)I wrote a piece about how I had given up all fast food. Since then, more than a few people have cornered me, demanding to give other chains a chance in recent years to contest my ruling of my homemade Filet-O-Fish as the undisputed champion. My assignment: Try five of the fish sandwiches from McDonald’s top quick-service competitors, and give them all a fair hearing (OK!). Perhaps one would topple my beloved Filet-O-Fish from its perch, pun fully intended. The results are below.

Arby’s Crispy Fish Sandwich