I’ve been eating McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish since I was a little kid. From the moment I first tried it I found it to be deliciously simple and simply delicious. The components are minimal – a steamed bun, a fried and battered fish fillet, tartar sauce, and a half-slice of American cheese. It doesn’t sound like much… because in reality it’s not. Each ingredient on its own isn’t particularly spectacular but when taken together the flavors combine into something that belies its humble beginnings.
My relationship with the Filet-O-Fish hasn’t been perfect though. For years, I’ve been less than impressed with the assembly quality. And the issue isn’t isolated to any particular location. As I open the lid of the box it comes in, a feeling of trepidation always comes over me in reluctant anticipation of what I’m about to see. Usually I find myself confronted by something seemingly slapped together by someone who didn’t care about what they were doing. Bun. Fish. Sauce. Cheese. That’s all there is too it. It’s probably the simplest sandwich on the menu. How can something so simple go so wrong? Most of the time I’m faced with either an off-center fish fillet, sloppy tartar sauce, cheese that looked like it didn’t want to be on the bun, or a sandwich that was trying to escape the box. On occasion it’s all of the above. And it’s not like other McDonald’s sandwiches where you can take it apart and put it back together to fix it. The cheese, once melted, sticks like Super Glue to the bun AND the fillet. You’re not going to get that thing apart without ripping out a good portion of the bun. Ray Kroc would be itching to get out of his grave if he saw this.
Recently I’ve discovered that I’m not alone. When I’ve encountered other Filet-O-Fish lovers and brought up this subject it’s like a knowing look of amazement washes over their faces as if to say, “No way! You too! I thought I was the only one!” So in honor of Filet-O-Fish lovers all over the world, I’ve made it a point to chronicle some of my Filet-O-Fish misadventures in pictures. Enjoy!