Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Redhook Beer Battered Cod Fish Sandwich is a new fish sandwich that features a cod filet beer-battered with Redhook, topped with lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce all on a sesame seed bun.
I have come to expect a lot out of Carl’s Jr. in the past few years. While they have put out some seriously quirky items, they have most of the time been on the upper end of quality that is expected from a fast food place. However, every once in a while Carl’s Jr. misses the mark entirely.
Carl’s Jr.’s last entry into the fish sandwich market was their Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich. While the one I was served was overly charred, the fish was of a very nice quality, and the sauce used was very good. I fully expected a beer-battered cod fish sandwich from Carl’s Jr. to be even better, but we don’t always get what we want, now do we?
The new sandwich is featured on a sesame seed bun, which already hinted at how much effort Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s put into this sandwich (usually their higher echelon offerings are served on the new premium buns as of late). The major problem with this sandwich wasn’t the fish itself, although the breading got soggy by the time I drove home and ate it for this review (about 10 minutes of driving). No, the real problem was that crappy excuse for tartar sauce that they threw onto this sandwich. It tasted worse than most brands of bottled tartar sauce that I’ve had. It was about the same in terms of taste and texture as Long John Silver’s tartar sauce if you are familiar with it. It ended up tasting like overly tangy mayonnaise that did nothing but detract from the sandwich.
The cod fish patty was decent enough. It had perhaps slightly less than the thickness expected, and the outer edges were all breading. Carl’s Jr. usually delivers on the seemingly overblown thickness of its products, like on the Big Chicken Filet, but here they fell short. The taste of the cod itself was just fine, which is too bad, because the tartar sauce mucked up most of the “good” flavors this sandwich had going for it. I’d advise passing this one up for fried-fish offerings from other fast food places (although perhaps their cod fish tacos fare a little better than the sandwich).
Pros: The fish was edible enough
Cons: Terrible tartar sauce, fish patty was soggy instead of crispy, not the quality expected from Carl’s Jr.
Calories: 550 / Calories from Fat: 170 / Total Fat: 19g / Sat. Fat: 3.5g / Trans Fat: 0g /
Cholesterol: 45mg / Sodium: 1140mg / Carbs: 74g / Dietary Fiber: 3g / Sugars: 12g / Protein: 21g