McDonalds (Red Deer, AB) – Double Filet-O-Fish

McDonald’s: the punching bag for good eating. Say what you will about McDonald’s, but this fast food empire has continued to evolve and adapt, coming out on top every time. They are the quintessential prototype for a food empire, if there ever was one.

I grew up going to McDonald’s. As a little child, I was always given a hamburger. When I got older, I stuck to the McChicken, but insisted on a plain one without the McChicken sauce and lettuce. Now I can’t imagine eating one without either components.

With age, I ate McDonald’s less and less, but on the occasion that I do drop by for a meal, there’s a nostalgic feeling that never goes away.

McDonald’s Filet-O Fish-came out over 50 years ago as a way to draw in Roman Catholics who practiced meat abstinence on Fridays. Since then, McDonald’s has come out with a seasonal promotion of the Double Filet-O-Fish, usually during Lent (6 weeks preceding Easter Sunday).

Surprisingly, I have never tried the Double Filet-O-Fish until recently despite my preference for the McChicken, the Filet-O-Fish, and McNuggets. In fact, back when McDonald’s had a sandwich promotion for each day of the week, I looked forward to Fridays for the Filet-O-Fish.

Well, I finally had the chance to order it and took one home. FYI: McDonald’s never took the Double Filet-O-Fish off the menu, but just didn’t actively promote it.

Because of its height, McDonald’s actually houses the Double Filet-O-Fish in a box-like container instead of a wax paper. I remember when I was little, all sandwiches were served that way, but then it changed when McDonald’s focused on recycling.

McDonald's - Double Filet-O-Fish Box Left Side

McDonald's - Double Filet-O-Fish Box Right Side

The Double Filet-O-Fish is exactly as the title suggests. There are 2 fish (Alaskan Polluck) patties instead of 1 and you get 1 full slice of american cheese instead of the traditional half. Speaking of cheese, I always thought the original had 1 full slice, but then McDonald’s eventually reduced cost by cutting it down to half a slice. However, during a big Q and A promotion years ago, someone inquired about that issue and McDonald’s stated that the Filet-O-Fish had always been made with half a slice of american cheese.

McDonald's - Double Filet-O-Fish

I found the double filet-o-fish a little drier than the original filet-o-fish. I believe this is due to the fact that they maintained the same amount of tartar sauce despite doubling the fried fish patty. I don’t believe this was due to variations in individual handling as McDonald’s is known to streamline their processes. As well, the nutritional information online showed the same calories/fat/sodium in the tartar sauce for both the original and double Filet-O-Fish.

McDonald's - Double Filet-O-Fish 2

The double Filet-O-Fish was a great novelty item to try, but if I were to get another one, I would definitely request additional tartar sauce. I suspect this would make the double Filet-O-Fish as good or better than the original.

I would like to end this post with a cute commercial that I found while researching the Filet-O-Fish. It is in English and appeared to be a Singaporean McDonald’s Double Filet-O-Fish promotion.


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