Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sully's Fresh Catch of the Day

I’ve seen you in the drive-thru at McDonald’s; the one with dark sunglasses ordering one of the world’s most perfect foods: The Filet O’Fish. Now don’t go rolling your eyes and start lecturing “I would NEVER EVER eat at McDonald’s!” Face it, the Filet O’ Fish is the underground favorite of epicureans everywhere.

Where else can you get five ounces of perfectly square, freshly caught Pollock? Lovingly adorned with one half slice of orange cheese and a cup of tarter sauce. In fact, the mark of a properly prepared sandwich is the dollop of tartar sauce that lands in your lap on the first bite. In our area, the Filet O’ Fish is served in a box, which is a bit of a letdown. It’s supposed to be presented as a gift, wrapped in blue paper.

There are many strategies for obtaining the freshest Filet O’ Fish. Some prefer to order one without the cheese, thereby forcing the staff to make one from scratch. Others might take lunch early, before the rush, ensuring that their Filet O’ Fish is one of the first ones made for the day. You walk a fine line in the late afternoon, which may cause great anxiety. Will they prepare a fresh one for you or will you receive the one that’s been sitting under the heat lamp since noon? This is no simple matter!

Save the French fries for your hamburger, a creation as simple and elegant as Filet O’ Fish needs no accompaniment.

Next time you’re in the drive-thru, give a nod and a wink. After all, people don’t know what they’re missing, right?