What You Don’t Know About McDonald’s Famous Filet-O-Fish

By | September 20, 2019

The Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’s has been
around longer than the Big Mac and is one of the biggest non-burger success stories
of the franchise. Although it has held its own on the McDonald’s
menu for over 50 years, there are still a lot of things about the Filet-O-Fish that
you probably don’t know. The Filet-O-Fish was McDonald’s first non-meat
sandwich addition to the menu. And while it has remained a popular menu item
for over 50 years, it was created out of necessity by one desperate franchisee. The groundbreaking idea to add a mouthwatering
fried fish sandwich to the menu of a burger joint was first introduced by a Cincinnati-area
franchisee in 1961. His Ohio restaurant was located in an area
of the city where over two-thirds of the population were practicing Catholics and didn’t eat meat
on Fridays. As a result, the burger sales dropped dramatically
on Friday nights. He realized he was losing most of his Friday
business to another area franchise that had a fish sandwich on the menu. He knew that he needed to act fast to be competitive
and save his profit margin. And just like that, the Filet-O-Fish was born. If you were wondering about just what you’re
eating when you bite into your Filet-O-Fish, you’re not alone. . “The filet-o-fish is a evil cancer square
created to destroy America” But, you can breathe easy. You may be quick to assume the fast food fillet
is a mishmash of questionable non-fish ingredients, but there’s nothing artificial happening here. The first Filet-O-Fish sandwiches were made
with halibut until McDonald’s started using cod shortly after in an effort to save money. These days, the Filet-O-Fish is made with
sustainable Alaskan Pollock. The one thing you can’t deny about the Filet-O-Fish
is its delightful aroma. “What’s the problem? Smells like fish in here” And it has a very delicious bun to go along
with it. A major detail that sets it apart from its
beef-based counterparts at McDonald’s is that unlike the other sandwiches on the menu, the
fish sandwich is served on a bun that is steamed, which makes the bread lighter and fluffier
than the toasted buns used for most of the other classic sandwiches like the Big Mac. Even if you don’t mind the fact that McDonald’s
uses pasteurized processed American cheese on the Filet-O-Fish, you still may have wondered
why they only give you a half slice surely the corporate giant that is McDonald’s can
afford to give you a whole piece, right? But the folks at the Golden Arches aren’t
doing it just to be cheap. In fact, the McDonald’s executives were afraid
that adding too much cheese would overpower the fish patty. A half slice of cheese, according to them,
was just enough to allow customers to enjoy the delicious flavor of the fish itself. President Donald Trump opened up about his
love for fast food on the campaign trail during the 2016 election. At a town hall meeting in South Carolina,
he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that his favorite menu item at McDonald’s is the fish sandwich,
which he called the, quote, “fish delight.” In January 2019, President Trump shared his
love for the fast food dish with the Clemson University football team who visited the White
House after winning the national championship. “And I think we’re going to serve Mcdonald’s
Wendys and Burger King with some pizza.” Trump personally paid for a lavish fast food
spread, which included a huge mound of Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. Filet-O-Fish lovers know there’s nothing like
that first bite into that hot, flaky fish yumminess. But no matter how delicious it is, odds are
your Filet-O-Fish sandwich is pretty old. McDonald’s employees weighed in on a popular
Reddit post warning customers that because most customers order burgers, the Filet-O-Fish
sandwiches tend to sit out longer than others. And if that information alone doesn’t gross
you out and make you just want to eat a homemade grilled cheese, some workers claimed in that
same thread that the steamers that are used to warm your bun aren’t exactly cleaned as
often as they should be. Yum. There’s no way to make sure that you get a
perfect Filet-O-Fish every time you visit a McDonald’s. There’s always a chance that you’ll get too
much tartar sauce or cheese that isn’t perfectly centered inside of the bun. But if you’re worried about getting stuck
with a sandwich that’s been sitting under a warmer for hours, there is a simple hack
you can use to try to get something more fresh. The next time you order, try telling them
to hold the cheese in order to increase your odds of ending up with a fish sandwich that’s
not that old. If you don’t mind being perceived as a little
high maintenance, this simple request will force the employees to prepare your Filet-O-Fish
on the spot. This will make sure that your sandwich is
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