Review: Giant Fish Sandwich from Captain D’s
One thing that has constantly puzzled me, being a fan of various food blogs that is, is the complete lack of any coverage of Captain D’s. According to Wikipedia, they have almost 600 locations, only a couple hundred less than Hardee’s, but no one ever mentions a word about Captain D’s. Considering how awesome the food is, I can’t imagine why.If you’ve never had, or even heard of Captain D’s, think of Long John Silver’s but way better. Captain D’s is to Long John Silver’s as Popeyes is to KFC. It’s a better value and tastes more like actual cooking has taken place, as opposed to the corporate blandness that runs rampant in fast food world. I’m no longer Catholic, but I still damn sure love a fish sandwich. So with lent in full season, I say let’s check out Captain D’s Giant Fish Sandwich. My Captain D’s only has one fish sandwich, and it isn’t on the website. Thus, I have no description, and unless you go to my specific Captain D’s, I have no clue if you can even get this bad boy. I tried calling Captain D’s corporate to see what the deal was, but no one responded, so hopefully you don’t have to live in Fredericksburg, Virginia to get what I am dubbing the best quick service fish sandwich out there. Oh yeah, spoiler alert, I really like this sandwich. The sandwich consists of two fresh battered fish filets, tartar sauce, and lettuce on a huge sesame seed bun. What kind of fish? I’m guessing pollack or white fish. Had corporate picked up the phone, maybe I could tell you. First off, this thing is massive. The bun is about the size of a Whopper bun, the two filets barely fit inside, and if you wanted, you could probably make a meal of the fish jutting out of the sides of this thing.The fish is perfect. The inside is moist and light in flavor, while the batter is a touch fishy from being cooked in oil that has obviously been well seasoned from the hundreds of fish filets cooked beforehand. This isn’t mystery fish loaf, or fish pre-battered and frozen waiting in a freezer somewhere. If you’ve ever been to a good old fashioned, southern fish fry, you know what to expect here. The tartar sauce is flat out the best in its class. It’s packed to the gills (get it?) with dill and blows the competition out of the water. This isn’t just mayo and relish. It’s an herbaceous, tart, creamy sauce that makes a good thing better. The bun is super soft, and makes a great contrast to the crunchy battered fish. At $3.09 it’s a tremendous value given the size and quality. I also added a side of mozzarella sticks to my order. $1.99 for 8. How can I pass that up? Profit margins don’t seem to be much of a priority for Captain D’s, I guess.If this review seemed like a paid advertisement, all I can say is imagine if the internet had never heard of Popeyes or In-N-Out and you had to tell them for the first time. What would you say? I say Captain D’s is pure win and you should see if one is close by.
Pros: Better than everyone else. The tartar sauce is dill-icious? This sandwich should cost twice as much.
Cons: Their website and marketing staff. That's it though.
Grubbing on-the-go: With two fish filets, probably a bad idea, but who cares?
Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10
More Info: http://www.CaptainDs.com