McDonald's Has Released Fish McBites for Lent, and They Are McTerrible

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Lent is a time of sacrifice for Catholics, but McDonald's wants to be sure they don't give up grease. The fast-food giant created the Filet-O-Fish in 1962 to cater to Catholics who typically give up meat on Friday. The marketing paid off, and McDonald's still sees increased sales of the fish sandwich on Fridays during Lent, often hyping up sales with $.99 sandwiches through the holiday.

This year, pricing of the Filet-O-Fish will remain set, to shift consumer focus to their new Lent-friendly treat called Fish McBites. The restaurant giant quietly started selling the little nuggets last Friday, and on Ash Wednesday they gave out samples along with paper cups of tartar sauce for dipping.

And, for reasons unknown, I ate them.

Before anyone tries to brand me as a snobby critic picking on an easy target, it's important to note that I'm a bit of a Filet-O-Fish fetishist. I'm convinced my next Eater outing photo will be of this tired, slightly drunk critic, walking the streets of Dallas with one of those suckers in hand.

That out of the way, I can say with a large degree of confidence that Fish McBites are the worst things McDonald's has created in some time.

The pint-sized package wafts of cornmeal when first opened -- a smell reminiscent of trashy hush puppies. A sugar cube of Alaskan Pollock rests inside each nugget. The flesh is as dry and lifeless as that delicious Filet-O-Fish, but the bites have no tangy melting American cheese, no soft pillowy bun, and it's difficult to dip the thimble sized snacks in the small containers of dipping sauce.

The bites will likely remain available until Easter Sunday and will undoubtedly go the way of the McDLT and chicken fajitas shortly after.

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Biteme
Biteme

yo man they be smalls yo. i like opened up and like the the fish was like just a small square homes

Faith
Faith

their mcnuggett bites are terrible also all bread and hardly any chicken

Dwain Houck
Dwain Houck

Terrible.  Disgusting.  The chicken bites were good.  The fish bites should be against the law.  They are right up there with McRib as crap.

mmarks
mmarks

I haven't been in (or even near) a McDonald's for more than 25 years although I used to prefer the Filet-O-Fish sandwich to any of their hamburgers. Damn, now I'm hungry.

I'smomma'sspeciallil'helper
I'smomma'sspeciallil'helper

They should string em up on monofilament fishing line. It'd make it cool, while dipping them in the sauce, or whatever you wish to do with them. "Look, Ma! I caught me a whole stringer of them thar Fish McBites!"...

Steve
Steve

Give me something I can use.

How about a Top Five Grilled Fish Tacos or Top Five Grilled Fish Sandwiches? 

No mas with the crappy food.

cp
cp

Wait, you eat fish and cheese.... together?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Fish McBites?  Can you imagine the trash that puts this shite in the body?  Lets' see Pancho's is busy, and Dickey's is closed; "hey, let's go get Fish McBites!!". This crap makes Long John Silvers look like Bob's. They offered me a sample the other day, and I looked at it sideways, smelled it, and ran. 

Top 5 Fast Food Items that suck, and I would NEVER eat:-Mcfish-Mcrib-Taco's at Jack in the Box-Dickey's Chopped Beef Sandwich-Hot Dog at a non chain gas station (refer to Simpsons episode w/Apu)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

McDonald's, McStop McNaming McEverything McWhatever. We McGet it. Do that and/or stop casting hipster douchebags in your commercials and I'll swing by for a Filet-o-Fish every now and then.

As far as fast food fish goes, it's hard to beat Long John Silver's or Wendy's fish sandwich.

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

It's possible that two of our adult male staff members were so excited yesterday afternoon about eating fried fish balls that they literally raced out of the office giggling like little girls. Very possible. 

Jasper
Jasper

Love the Filet-0-Fish sandwich. Also still waiting for the Yumbo to come back at Burger King. The staples of college life!

quahog_convo
quahog_convo

"The worst things that McDonald's has created" is quite the lofty statement, imo. Now, I'm morbidly curious.

Kcmake
Kcmake

Tried them tonight for the first time, and they were really light, fluffy, moist and to my SURPRISE delicious. I usually do not eat junk food, but today was an emergency(which comes only once every 4 months). So I don't think that it is fair to critique this product on having just one or two people trying it. Maybe it was the place itself that was bad.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Fish tacos shouldn't be grilled. Or served with lettuce or flour tortillas. Fry that bitch up with cabbage and corn tortillas.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Busted.  But seriously, this is drunk food.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 I see nothing wrong with Jack in the Box tacos'....Little greasy maybe but they slide right down....and..

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

McDonald's is so multi-cultural! I can tell by the commericials!

just sayin'
just sayin'

Is that Wendy's fish sandwich an off the menu order now? Hell, I liked it, too. Then it just vanished from the menu. That kinda surprised me after they revamped the sandwich and actually had a tv marketing campaign for it.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Mcwhat? I love the way Macdonalds markets to young hipsters, and the hip hop culture.  Hey kids it's cool to be fat, and have diabetes!  Nothing better than ridin' around on a "rascule"  and breathing like a freight train. 

twinwillow
twinwillow

What do they do with the female fish?

sodagrrl
sodagrrl

I SO loved the yumbo!  But - I believe it was booted to keep Muslim customers happy.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

it's the "....and" part that gets me.  Better git a roll of Charmin. I'm out on anything deep fried-especially taco's!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

They break it out for Lent. I don't know if it's available year-round, but they always market it this time of year.

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

I don't think they'd have any idea what to do with female fish. 

Oh. You mean McDonald's, huh. 

Dario Guevara
Dario Guevara

"  I don't prance around airing my opinions about it." 

But you just didn't you?. Ohh the irony

Davide
Davide

Yes, we get it. You don't like fast food, deep-frying (despite woefully misunderstanding the health issues involved in the concept), and yadda yadda. Yes, we get it. You need attention, because you can't just ignore the post on fast food.

Grow up. Really. I hate fast food as well, but I don't prance around airing my opinions about it. So, you're just irritating.

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