Taste Test: Hardee's Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich Challenges Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet
Last week's edition of Fight Club Sandwich pitted two fast-food chains' "premium" fish sandwiches against one another, as Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet Sandwich took on Burger King's Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich.
Having declared Wendy's the victor, Gut Check figured we'd performed our fishly obligations and quickly toweled off the murky waters that surround fast-food fish sammies.
And then we got wet again.
Not long after we published the results of our taste test, the following e-mail popped up in our queue, from a Hardee's PR rep:
While we enjoyed reading your recent Gut Check showcasing a few fast-food restaurants' fish sandwiches, we couldn't help but notice you left out the most delicious option available. If you haven't yet heard, Hardee's recently released its prefect-for-Lent Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich -- the first sandwich of its kind. We'd like to officially challenge the fish sandwich title holder with an option you won't find at any other fast food restaurant.
Dude. We'd heard. We just figured that like everything else Hardee's does, the ad for the product is more, um, substantial than the food item itself.
Following a brief debate at Gut Check International HQ, we decided to accept Hardee's request for a throwdown. First things first, though: Before going up against Wendy's cod piece, Nina Agdal's pride and joy would have to surpass the Burger King Premium Fish Sandwich that Wendy's beat.
Hardee's/Carl's Jr. Ahem. Nina Agdal, Hardee's latest catch.
Hardee's Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich has caused quite the commotion since its introduction.
Now that you've viewed the goods, here's what the sandwich has to offer:
The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich features a charbroiled fillet of Atlantic cod, creamy tartar sauce and sliced tomato and lettuce on a honey wheat bun. At only 420 calories, the charbroiled sandwich offers a healthier and flavorful new meal option.
In last week's competition, we found some things to like about Burger King's Lenten offering, the Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich: "The bread isn't bad, a soft foil to the crisp outside of the fried fish. The pickles add a welcome crunch." What tripped us up was the main event, the "Premium Alaskan Fish":
"And the fish? Tastes like...fish. Yes, Gut Check is pretty certain this sandwich is made with fish. White fish."
And just as Wendy's did last week, Hardee's churned Burger King to chum in the final analysis largely by virtue of informing us what kind of fish is in its sandwich (cod) and where it's from (Atlantic Ocean). It didn't hurt that said cod is broiled rather than fried -- a rarity on the fast-food seascape.
Having dispensed with the formalities, it's on to hot cod-on-cod confrontation! Two cod sandwiches enter the briny arena, but only one swims away victorious.