Being a big fan and regular customer of fast food restaurants, I tend to eat lots of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries and onion rings. Sometimes however, I develop an appetite for fish filet sandwiches. Recently, I purchased and ate a Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich from a Hartford, Connecticut area Wendy’s restaurant. It was the first time that I had tried one of these sandwiches and I was very pleased with the taste and quality of the product. I was undoubtedly influenced by the recent spate of television commercials for McDonald’s Filet- O- Fish sandwiches.
A few days prior to purchasing the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich, I had purchased two Filet – O – Fish sandwiches from McDonald’s. The first of the two Filet – O – Fish sandwiches that I consumed tasted great. By the time I finished the second however, I felt somewhat bloated and did not want to eat dessert, which is unusual for me. Based upon my recent experience eating the Wendy’s and McDonald’s fish sandwiches, I decided to write a consumer product comparison review of the two products. Presented here, in an effort to assist the consumer, is one food writer’s consumer product comparison review of Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich and McDonald’s Filet – O – Fish sandwich.
The Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich is a big sandwich. It is markedly larger than the Filet -O – Fish sandwich offered by McDonald’s. The Wendy’s sandwich weighs in at 178 grams,which is a little bit more than six ounces and the McDonald’s Filet – O – Fish weighs five ounces. I have to state that the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich not only filled me up more than the McDonald’s Filet – O – Fish, but it also did not leave me feeling bloated.
Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich is packaged in a standard – issue type of fast food wrapper, as opposed to the pressed cardboard – type of box that McDonald’s Filet – O – Fish is packaged in. In the past, I have had the McDonald’s Filet – O – Fish boxes pop – open while I was transporting them, causing the sandwich to fall apart and / or fall out of the box.
The texture of the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich and the McDonald’s Filet – O – Fish sandwich are actually somewhat similar, yet quite different. Personally, I think that the McDonald’s sandwich is softer than the Wendy’s sandwich. While the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich is still soft, it seems to offer more of a sense of “bite”, or substantial texture. The addition of lettuce to the Wendy’s sandwich definitely lends a sense of fresh crispness and contrast that that the McDonald’s sandwich just does not possess. I also think that the Wendy’s roll, or bun offers a fuller texture.
The Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich contains 470 calories, with 210 calories from fat, 24.0 grams of total fat, 4.0 grams saturated fat and 0 grams trans fat. It contains 30 mg cholesterol, 930 mg sodium, 300 mg potassium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugars and 17 grams of protein.
The McDonald’s Filet – O – Fish sandwich contains 380 calories, with 170 calories from fat, 18 grams of total fat, 3.5 saturated fat and 0 grams trans fat. It contains 40 mg cholesterol, 640 mg cholesterol, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugars and 15 grams of protein.
The normal price charged for one Filet – O – Fish sandwich at Hartford, Connecticut area McDonald’s restaurants is $2.99. The normal price charged for one Premium Fish Fillet sandwich at Hartford, Connecticut area Wendy’s restaurants is $3.79. Although there is a disparity in price, the Wendy’s sandwich is considerably bigger than its McDonald’s counterpart and I feel that it is worth every penny.
Taste / Flavor
To me, the flavors offered by both Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich and McDonald’s Filet – O – Fish are distinct and pleasant. While I’m probably more accustomed to the taste of the Filet – O – Fish, I must say that I’m very impressed by the flavor of the Wendy’s fish sandwich. One of the factors that really adds to the flavor of the Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet is the crispy Panko bread crumb coating that covers the fish filet. As stated above, I feel that the addition of lettuce to the Wendy’s fish sandwich adds a dimension of flavor that is not present in the McDonald’s fish sandwich. If desired, cheese can be added to the Wendy’s fish sandwich for a small additional charge.
All things considered, both the Premium Fish Fillet sandwich from Wendy’s and the Filet – O – Fish sandwich from McDonald’s are very fresh – tasting and flavorful, high – quality items that this food writer recommends to anyone who enjoys eating delicious fish sandwiches.
Personal experience with the products