A Thai-inspired po boy sandwich with crisp catfish fillets nestled atop a cabbage slaw dressed in fish sauce, lime juice, and sambal.
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The salmon pastrami comes on a Macrina Bakery rye pretzel roll, its caramelized top sprinkled with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and some salt. The body of the roll is slightly chewy and tasty without overwhelming the salmon. Like lox but with texture you can really sink your teeth into, the salmon is savory and yet slightly sweet, with a bit of brininess spreading in the mouth and smokiness hitting the nose.
One of my favorite things about eating in Istanbul is the preponderance of cheap, awesome seafood. (Apparently, mid-November is a great time for fish-eating. I am happy to time all of my vacations around fish-eating from now on.) And the easiest way to eat said fish is from a street stand—just about every one selling balik ekmek (translating literally to "fish bread": a simple fish sandwich.)
Ippolito's is a neighborhood South Philly fish market (that also supplies a lot of restaurants) not too far from where I live. I've stopped in to pick up fish to cook for dinner numerous times but hadn't tried any of their sandwiches until recently. I expected them to be pretty good, and at least 10 times fresher than the sketchy corner store fish hoagies I like to write about—but this thing was incredible.
At first glance, the Catfish Sandwich ($9.50) at Birdbath looks like a glorified Fillet-o-Fish—and it is, except much, much better. The mayo-on-fish sandwich is not a new concept, but the folks at Birdbath execute it with grace.
DuMont Burger rightfully gets its name for its commendable burgers, the crowning dish gracing many a best NYC burger list. And fortunately for us sandwich fiends, the menu has a few good options in the mix, which also pull their weight in drawing loyal fans to this cozy Williamsburg bar/restaurant.
A visit to St. Petersburg, Florida is not complete without trying at least one grouper sandwich. The only challenge is figuring out where to go since seemingly every restaurant in town sells them. Let me make it easy for you; go to Mid Peninsula Seafood Market & Restaurant.
Take juicy, slightly spicy white fish, put it on a soft squishy bun, and you've got a more than decent grilled fish sandwich ($10).
McDonald's introduced the Filet-O-Fish 50 years ago, when it was much more common for Roman Catholics to forgo meat on Fridays year-round; most other chains have followed with similar token fish gestures. I understand why one would order this stuff for religious or cultural reasons, but as a fast-food free agent, I've never been tempted to stray from beef and chicken sandwiches. But it's my duty to break down the strengths, weaknesses, and tartar sauces of the four leading national fast-fried fishwiches.
Bear Flag Fish will likely be packed when you walk in. It feels like the majority of the room just went surfing or is about to. With the California flag as its logo, BFF is part fish market, part chill fast-casual with communal tables. Fish tacos are the obvious order at this breezy hangout on Newport's Balboa Peninsula, and deservedly so, but the sandwiches shouldn't be overlooked.
This sandwich is really about that fennel, which gets cut into small matchsticks and cooks over high heat until charred. Talk about easy. All you have to do is slightly blacken the vegetable. The fish requires a little more work but you only need to cook it for a few minutes.
If I could eat a fish sandwich everyday, I would. And often do. So trust me when I tell you that the Dolphin Key West Sandwich from The Whale's Rib, a local joint near where I grew up in South Florida, is the best fish sandwich in the world.
Part burger, part Filet-o-Fish, with a bagel and lox thrown in for good measure, the Captain Hook ($15.50) at Holsteins in Las Vegas is one hulking hybrid of a sandwich. Grilled Atlantic salmon (best ordered medium rare for ultimate buttery richness), dressed with crisp frisée, tangy pickled shallots, and a creamy caper-herb mayonnaise that's just this side of tartar sauce, in all the right ways. In Vegas, more is always better, so the salmon fillet is then topped with a really generous slab of house-cured gravlax.
One of Ed's favorite dishes in the city is the smoked sturgeon and eggs at Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side. But another fine breakfast option is a Sturgeon Sandwich ($17.75), the white fish smoky and almost buttery in its delicacy.
This Heebster has multiple dimensions of spread: a full-bodied whitefish and baked salmon salad rests lightly on a bed of horseradish dill cream cheese.
Now, judging from the mad scientist sandwiches which No. 7 Sub is best known for, you didn't think this would be just an Arctic Char Sandwich ($9), did you? Of course not.
First introduced in 1963, for Catholics who couldn't eat red meat on Friday, the Filet-O-Fish has been a McDonald's staple for years. (One that Serious Eaters have very strong feelings about.) A few years ago, Wendy's added a cod-based "Premium Fish Fillet Sandwich" to the menu. Which is the better of the fast-food fish sandwiches? We wanted to find out.
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check...
A sandwich filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and herbs. A classic combination done right, the salmon was fresh and not overwhelmed by the herby cream cheese, and the capers added a briny bite but not enough to turn off the caper-averse. The Filone bread, as thick-sliced as it looks, was extremely light and airy—which allowed for the delicious ingredients to really shine.