Carl’s Jr.’s Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich is pretty much the first of its kind in the fast food kingdom. Fried fish has always been the only way to go for fast food fish sandwiches ever since the highly successful Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’s. Well Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have unapologetically broken that chain. The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich consists of a Charbroiled piece of cod on top of iceberg lettuce and tomato all between a honey wheat bun with tartar sauce on both buns. I picked up this fish sandwich for $3.99.
How Does it Taste?
The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich has a lot of hype surrounding it. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s shot a Super Bowl ad for this sandwich and spent millions promoting it. Does this sandwich live up to the high expectations set for it? Would eating it make me feel as sexy as Nina Agdal on a beach, in a swimsuit, rubbing lotion all over her glistening, supermodel body?
I can sum the answer up into this statement: this sandwich puts the “char” in charbroiled. Even before I took a bite out of this sandwich I knew that it was going to have a burnt taste to it by looking at the blackened edges of it. The first bite was filled with a charred fish taste. Cod has a very mild taste to it, so there was no hiding the charred flavor. It stuck out like a Jewish kid at Christmas.
After getting past the burnt part, the fish actually tasted pretty nice. It seemed to be a good quality filet of cod – it was light and flaky with a beautiful white color. Although, even after getting past the black edges, the sandwich still had a slight burnt taste throughout. I’m not sure if this is due to them cooking it too long or simply the way it was cooked.
My other complaint about this sandwich is that there was barely any tartar sauce on the thing, which disappointed me because I could tell it was a good sauce. The entire sandwich was just very mild in flavor – nothing really stood out at all. The lettuce and tomato were there mostly for texture as usual. The sandwich was also quite a bit slippery since the produce on the bottom was resting on a thin layer of tartar sauce. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture above, but the sandwich started sliding slowly off the bun. If this sandwich had more tartar sauce on it that would have easily made a tremendous difference in the flavor. If you order this fish sandwich I would recommend asking for a little extra tartar sauce.
The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich has a lot of potential. I’m pretty sure I just got a bad order that was left to cook for too long, because the fish was very good. Every component to this sandwich had a mild flavor to it except for the trace amounts of tartar sauce that were present. Overall, this sandwich would have been great with less char and more tar(tar sauce).
Pros: Quality piece of cod, tartar sauce, not fried, Super Bowl commercial
Cons: Charred edges, near nonexistent tartar sauce, very mild sandwich
Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich
Calories from Fat: 130
Total Fat: 15g
Sat. Fat: 2.5g
Trans Fat: 0g