I don't really go to McDonald's, not out of some sense of snobbery, but because San Francisco has so many food choices there are other things I'd rather try. It's actually been awhile since I've even been to a McD's, as a matter of fact it was February 4th of 2011 and it was a McDonald's in Jerusalem (yes the one in Israel). It was a very rainy Saturday, I was starving and everything was closed, except of course McD's so I went wandered in and got the falafel meal deal, I kid you not.
In all respects, it won't bad, or maybe I was just really hungry and usually anything deep fried is fabulous, either way it satisfied my pangs at the time. Come to present day and McDonald's has been giving a lot of hype to its latest menu offering, Fish McBites. Back in the day when I was a kid I really like the filet of fish there, yeah I know, weird kid, but I did. So I thought why not try this out and see if it is really all they say it is.
I wanted to maintain some semblance of healthy eating so I got a side salad, but then couldn't resist a small fry so I got that also--all for $6.61! I got the medium sized mcbites of which I got 15 little fried squares of Alaskan pollock. First initial impression was the breading on the outside was crunchy and different from what you get on the filet sandwich. Not really a fish and chips kind of beer batter more a hearty breading like you see on fried chicken. At least it was crunchy and not soft, though I did think there was too heavy and detracted from the cube of fish on the inside. A lighter panko type breading might have been better to let the flaky white fish be the star and not the fried breading, but you know this is America and we do so love breaded and deep fried (see chicken mcnuggets) and thus these will probably become a menu staple as folks will let themselves believe they are eating healthy because it's fish, discounting or ignoring the fact it is covered in breading and deep fried. Ahhh...God bless American rationalization.
Overall I didn't hate them and if you are a fan of fried fish you'd probably like these as a snack, but the fish won't be as prevalent as you might like. I do have to say the tartar sauce wasn't very good, too tangy and bitter, like there is too much vinegar and cream of tarter, they need to work on that recipe, best to just pop them in your mouth without it. Next time you are out on that long lonely road trip and there's no other food place in sight except those golden arches, pull on in and try them for yourself, it'd be better than starving.