The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Ding-Dong Test

As a long-term vegetarian, I also have a long-term distaste for eating at Micky D’s. For most of my life, it’s been a choice between cold refrigerator salad with chicken picked off and/or fries. Eventually, instant oatmeal and apples became an option, and now – many places offer an egg and cheese sandwich around the clock. GREAT that the options are expanding, but overall, I still find the selection and food quality unappealing.


Who cares if the vegetarian pickings are poor…? NOT ME!

It’s just a choice I make. Lots of people love McDonald’s and I can just eat someplace else. It’s never been an issue for me. To each, one’s own!

Except for now…

On our upcoming tour, there will be many times when McDonald’s is going to be our best option. Naturally, if I were ever to be truly hungry – I would eat anything edible put before me, including bark and bugs*, and be grateful for it. Of course, I’m hoping we not see that day.

*I once made myself try eating some bugs once to see if I could. I could.

Instead, I just wish to be both mentally and physically prepared… i.e. to make sure I’m not going to be a total ding-dong about this.

From what I understand, I’ll actually crave greasy high-fat food like their egg and cheese sandwiches. So that’s cool!

And as I work towards being pescatarian – I can also try to embrace the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Cue the…

Filet-O-Fish Ding-Dong Sandwich Test:

Ugh, fake food names like that are usually such a turn off – like “cheese food.” But wait – according to this article, “5 facts about the loved and hated McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish,” found on USA Today:

“Believe it or not, the Filet-O-Fish is actually fish. McDonald’s uses Marine Stewardship Council certified wild-caught Alaska Pollock.”


I decided it’s time to stop thinking about it and just take the test. Immediately, I took heart that the fish seemed flaky and not like a fish stick’s indistinct pasty mass.


loaded_bike_checkNot a Ding-Dong!

Since the test was just to consume a widely available sandwich, there’s not much to say. I didn’t love it but I got it down with no indigestion (or existential crisis*) later in the evening. In a pinch, it’s a passable fast food sandwich.

*Truth be told, a small part of me was a bit terrified that I’d madly love this fish sandwich and it would, in turn, become a gateway meat and that for years I had been unknowingly living a big lie! Turns out, there was never any danger of this.

Ultimately, I personally prefer the egg and cheese sandwich with all it’s guilty pleasure goodness, but the Filet-O-Fish does give me another viable option.

Health wise, the Egg & Cheese Croissant and Filet-O-Fish are both similar in (high) fat and protein content. With less fat and higher protein, the Egg & Cheese McMuffin would seem a better choice whenever it’s available.

With the ease I passed this test, I have concluded that I will not be a total ding dong about eating in general on this or any future bicycle tour.

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