Fast Food Review: Long John Silver’s Fish Taco

 

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When I saw a TV commercial for the new Long John Silver’s fish taco I thought it was a hard shell with nothing but a LJS breaded filet dropped inside.  And it made me laugh.

Does the existence of a shell instantly transform any food whatsoever into a taco?  Is that the way it works?  If so, maybe Cracker Barrel will start selling beef stew tacos?  And spaghetti tacos for the kiddies?

And if we’re in the mood for something a little more exotic, perhaps we can someday go down to China Palace for a platter of Moo Goo Gai Pan tacos?  And when we’re in West Virginia we can order up a mess o’ fried baloney sandwich tacos to tide us over until supper?

I mean, all you have to do is add a crunchy shell, right?  I think I’ll start carrying around a box of them, for those times when I want to kick off an impromptu Mexican fiesta. While at Waffle House or Dairy Queen, or wherever.

Unfortunately, the so-called fish taco wasn’t exactly as I originally understood it to be.  It’s actually half of a breaded fish filet, shredded lettuce, something semi-spicy called “Baja sauce,” and those little LJS crumbly things (deep-fried grease splatter), all wrapped in a soft tortilla shell.

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Not quite as hilarious as I originally thought…  It’s more of a wrap than a taco, really.  How disappointing.

But it certainly is tasty.  In fact, I was taken aback by its tastiness.  The simple ingredients work well together, and there’s all sorts of textures going on, and temperatures, too.  I liked the way the lettuce was super-cold (for some reason), right up against the hot fish filet.

And they didn’t overdo it with the Baja sauce, which I appreciated.  I’m very skeptical of sauces, because they’re almost always overused to the extreme.  I might be in the minority, but I don’t view a sandwich as merely a surface on which to transport mayonnaise.  So, I often scrape 80% of the sauce off my fast food fare, usually with one of those mysterious dagger-like “hard fries.”

Baja sauce is mayonnaise-based, and a little spicy.  The inside of my mouth seemed to get hotter and hotter, for about five minutes after finishing my lunch.  I didn’t notice much heat while eating the things, but there was a delayed time-released reaction.  Nothing too extreme, though.  This is Long John Silver’s, remember.

The tacos weren’t greasy, either.  Eating at LJS usually leaves me feeling like my mouth and throat have been treated with some sort of industrial undercoating, perhaps something used on battleships to keep barnacles from sticking.  And that’s because of the cooking method they use:  real hot grease.  Everything there is prepared via a method known as “real hot grease.”

But my tacos were surprisingly light on the undercoating.  And they were easy to eat, as well.  The ingredients weren’t falling from the tortilla, and I didn’t have sauce dripping off my elbow, etc.

I was prepared to dislike the new Long John Silver’s fish tacos, but was pleasantly surprised.  And at just 99 cents each…  Man, what a deal.  I might have to keep a sack on my car’s console at all times.

The official Surf Report rating:  A-

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62 Responses to “Fast Food Review: Long John Silver’s Fish Taco”

  1. Mmmmmm Long John Silver’s

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    Taco R Reply:

    WTF is a “shell”? Jesus.

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    dan Reply:

    A shell is a taco shell you dumb ass.

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  2. Hey! Look at that! I was first!

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  3. Sounds like you need to be a judge on “Iron Chef”. I didn’t know people from WV used words like textures, and describe food as “taken aback by its tastiness”. You’ve in PA to long. Go home!!!

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  4. Good to know! I might have to give them a try.

    Thanks for being the guinea pig, Jeff.

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  5. Hiya

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  6. I am still afraid to try this.

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    AW Reply:

    Don’t be. . .I was at first too. . .now I find myself feenin for one at 12:49 am. Sadly they are closed .

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  7. This is not going to bode well I see. This thing can go south real quick if you know what I mean. But a sunday post Jeff, you are spoiling us again. Pk, nuff said bye for now.

    P.S. Don’t tell Jason about this….

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  8. For me, the problem is getting past the memories of the Lamplighter, a bar which happens to have a window into an adjacent business (for zoning reasons) in which women would with no clothes on. There was a mail slot through which you’d pass your tips.

    Anyway. On Tuesdays, they’d have the DJ shouting between songs, “Tacos, just a buck!” And then on Fridays during Lent, they added another special: “Fish Tacos, only a buck!”

    And for some reason, every time I hear about LJS’s newest offering, that memory comes rushing back, and I lose my appetite.

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  9. Damn. In which women would DANCE…

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  10. I tried them, too. I had the same reaction: The sauce takes a while to heat up, but it definitely does. All in all, not bad for 99 cents, but I doubt if I’ll be a regular customer.

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  11. Ooooh, $.99? I bet they give you 5 or 6 calories and a gram of saturated fat a penny! What a deal!
    Blech.
    I fear for your arteries Jeff.

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  12. That thing sounds pretty good. I’ll have to venture over there for lunch one day this week. Thanks for the review Jeff!

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  13. Mmmm…now I know what I want for lunch, even if I won’t bring myself to eat a fried fish taco. Can’t risk ending up with tacos made from the minced-leftover-fish-parts type of fish sticks my mother made me eat in the 70s. I said “never again” to LJS when they joined forces with the local KFC and set up shop under the same roof. The employees can’t keep the menu straight and everything that comes out of there smells like fish, which just throws my taste buds into a tailspin when I’m looking forward to those 11 herbs and spices. (But I’ll admit I could really go for some hush puppies right about now.) Plus, the idea of cross contamination turns my stomach, though bad chicken and bad fish are probably equally deadly.

    Give me grilled Mahi Mahi tacos from the local Mexican dive any day. They’re worth paying more than 99 cents for.

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  14. Love the Further Evidence link, though I could never do business with someone who can’t be bothered to proofread or at the very least, use a spell checker (see “celebraty”) on a professional website. The inattention to detail can only lead to a “switched-at-death” scenario: “Hello, Mrs. Smith? We’re sorry to inform you that we have given you the wrong set of remains. What you thought was your husband is actually a Mr. Smythe, who was in here at the same time. Our apologies, but it was an honest mistake. Really, it was. Can you bring the urn back in, and we’ll quickly switch it out for your husband? No hard feelings, I hope.”

    However, I digress. Back to the tacos, good people.

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  15. On Sundays I enjoy dressing up like an English explorer on African safari. I have a khaki hat with a chin strap, a khaki shirt tucked into my khaki shorts, khaki socks pulled up to my knees and khaki hiking boots on. I go out into “the wild” and accost minorities. If I see a Puerto Rican man I walk up to him and go, “I say fine fellow, could you teach me the ways of the Puerto Rican peoples?” And if it’s a black guy I go, “I say fine fellow, could you teach me the ways of the black peoples?”

    So I think I’ll get dressed up and go to Long John Silver’s and enjoy a few fish tacos. I’ll go on and on about how splendid and erotic they are. Then I’ll walk up to the girl behind the counter and go, “I say fine fellow, could you teach me the ways of the pregnant white trash peoples?” And she’ll say, “I’m not a fellow.” Very well then. Carryon.

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  16. I was a skeptic until I tried them and OMG they are tasty!

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  17. I had a fish taco in San Diego one time. There were signs all over the place singing the praises of fish tacos. I think we picked the absolute worst place in town to try them. It was like what Jeff described. A couple of shitty fishsticks dropped into a crispy taco shell with a heap of Salmonella laden room temperature “slaw” slung atop it. Very disappointing and I haven’t given fish tacos another try since.

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  18. Good Afternoon Surf Reporters…..

    When I hear or read the words “fish taco” the aforementioned isn’t what comes to mind.

    ….just sayin’

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  19. *This* was your “maybe I’ll have something interesting to post this weekend” post?

    Jeeze, I was hoping for a Nostril’s underwear fiasco.

    And I still haven’t forgotten Charley West! Is he still shaving his pits and going grocery shopping?

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  20. Man I love the anti-fast food elitists. I may die a little early but at least I’ve enjoyed myself. Oh, and when you’re 90, you have fun sitting around the nursing home in your own piss and shit waiting for that visit from your children that never comes.
    Blech.

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    AW Reply:

    yeeeeppp. . .
    lol

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    Gwen Reply:

    Dying from a heart attack is “enjoying yourself”? Yikes. Anyway, I think fast food is fine, in moderation. People who eat that crap every day…I fear for them. If you have it once every other month or something, who cares? Personally, the only fast food that I think tastes good, is In N Out…and while I’d like to eat it every week, I’d grow tired of it and that would ruin my fun. Hmph.

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  21. Not a fan of fish, but I do like a good fish taco. I think I just like saying it. The mayo based sauce may keep me from this as I have a pretty huge aversion to mayo. However, an A-, that is quite high praise for JK. I’d have to look at the FF V Reality page but has anything ever made an A? Or an A+.

    On Man V Food today, chili dogs in North Carolina. Made me want chili dogs, but not 17 of them.

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  22. Wendy’s got an A and Chic-Fil-A got an A-. It was the fast food reviews page, not the reality page.

    Also, Jack in the Box is not reviewed but in my opine it gets an A.

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  23. I wish I had a bowl of mayo based sauce to eat right now. Here’s a nice recipe for you folks. It’s called “Ranch Soup” and it’s very simple to make and oh so tasty.

    Ranch Soup
    1 bottle Ranch Dressing
    1 bowl

    Fill bowl with Ranch Dressing and microwave for one minute, or until edges start to turn yellow. Stir. Enjoy.

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  24. @JDL I am a fast food elitist in that I think the food should be worth the heart attack. My personal favorites are some of Jeff’s least favorites..give me a sack o’ Krystals with cheese, a chili cheese pup and a corn pup on the side or a big bucket O’ finger lickin’ good KFC original recipe I actually worked at the KFC on Memorial Drive in Stone Mtn. GA (shudder)when I was 17 and I still think it’s one of the best artery cloggers in town. I guess I *am* a fuckin’ dingo:0(

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  25. PS – the idea that eating food which is high in fat results in blocked heart pipes is patently absurd. Nothing else works that way. You don’t hear of vegans ending up with carrots and potatoes clogging up thier hearts. Why is fat different. Bullshit. Absolute bullshit. Excuse me while I rub lard directly into my chest and eat it by the handfull.

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  26. Thanks for the Sunday Surprise Edition Jeff!

    I’ve been wondering ’bout the LJS Taco thing, and I appreciate the review! I have a problem with adding crap that is floating on the oil to my meal, but it seems to be the norm these days, so what the hell, huh?

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  27. The last time I ate at Long John Silver’s I horked everything up within 15 minutes of finishing. Talk about fast food! That was about a decade ago and I haven’t been back in one since. Gawd I miss Arthur Treacher’s!

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  28. I’m far from anti-fast food or an “elitist” but there is no way I’d eat a fish taco from LJS. What sort of fish is it? The sort that gets caught by mistake when named, edible fish are being sought? Fish roadkill. No thanks.

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  29. I like those LDS fish tacos. I always order a sack full of them made special: no fish, no lettuce or sauce, and no crispies.

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  30. We call that LJS or Captain Ds after taste “the grease willies”. Happens every time!

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    AW Reply:

    I had been turned off of LJS since I became an adult. I was questioning why I had loved them so as a child? They were so greasy and nasty and I wondered if it were the area I had moved to (Southeast VA). Anyway, having moved again, I ventured to try the fish taco for some odd reason. Perhaps I looked at the picture one day in an ad and said for the price, I’ll give it a shot. I had seen Rachel Ray make a big to-do on Foodnetwork once about fish tacos and I thought at the time what a disgusting idea. Only beef belongs in a taco! Nevertheless, I took the plunge and now, I’m hooked. I’ve moved back to my home city and at least in this town, the LJS fish in the tacos is NOT greasy at all and quite tasty w/the creamy sauce. Are u sure it’s mayo based and not sour cream?? Anyway, if you’re daring, I think it’s a must try b/c damn they sure are good. I never thought of it before but I think I will check out my local mexi-restaurant 2 see if they serve fish tacos, now that LJS has helped me build up my courage at the mere thought of it.

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  31. Does anybody else find the Cremation Diamonds section of the Further Evidence page really disturbing? For only $3,299 (and up) they’ll press your loved one’s ashes until the carbon forms a diamond you can wear….

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  32. @ Gretchen – Arthur and Miami Subs is sharing the same bill here in Raleigh. I just don’t go there, I mean I don’t go there!

    @ ETW – “The grease willies” , so thats what I’ve been burping up.

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  33. there is a food stand near me that is korean/mexican fusion. kimchi tacos. i can’t wait.

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  34. @ T Farty McAppleAss:

    First post – brilliant

    Second post – Ab-so-lute-ly brilliant.

    Third post – Huh?

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  35. i’m nearly 30 and i laugh like a tardboy when i hear “fish taco”….

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  36. Five words: Judy Garland in a wrapper

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  37. “fish taco” ?

    No way did LJS do any focus group testing before naming this new menu item.

    If McDonald’s came out with a Fur Burger, would you be the first one in the drive-thru?

    I don’t think so, my friend.

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  38. @ Angie in Japan – Funny you should say that, there is a certain hotel restaurant that I will keep nameless for now that has such said burger. I have a friend who’s last name that ill not be repeated here but fits the above said identification with a slight modification on the former. You see, he use to visit said restaurant and frequently requested a burger made to his specifications. The hotel staff in jest named the burger after him but you won’t find it on the menu. So if you should be in Raleigh on business and are staying at Wnydham in RTP, don’t feel shy about asking the wait staff for one. They may chuckle a bit or give you a dirty look, but the chefs will know exactly what you want. By the way, they serve an excellent fish taco there too. tell em Shiny sent ya! Peace…

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  39. @ Shiny – Thanks for the tip Shiny! I’ll try to get to Raleigh one day. I don’t wanna eat the burger but just wanna see how many times I can get the wait staff to say the name. :)

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  40. wait, is this a long john silverfish taco? that’s pretty gross. sorry so slow on the uptake

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  41. Fish tacos, or in this case burritos, are fantastic! My friend makes Orange Roughy, along with Basmati rice and Hormel chili with beans. Put them all together on a tortilla and it’s delicious!

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  42. “Shit”, That’s not Real Food. Give Me A Break! We always go to
    Kutchie’s Key West Bar an Grill for Kutchie’s Goody Goodies cheese
    burgers. Me and all the guys, swear that Kutch make the World’s Most Bad Ass Cheese Burgers Ever. and that’s a fact of life. “Hell”,
    The Damn Things Will Stick to Your Ribs Till the Next Day. Flush-Em
    Down with About a Half Dozen Cold Corona Beers. Top All That Off
    With Kutchie’s In Famous, (that means More than Famous) Key Lime Pie and You’re Set To Go. “Shit”, fish tacos, Give Me A Break!
    Sell That Candy Ass Tacos To The Japanese. They’ll Eat Anything.

    Bad Bart

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    Gwen Reply:

    Have you had fast food in Japan? It’s amazing. They probably have the healthiest diets in the world over there (seeing as they, statistically, live longer than us)…I doubt they’d eat our fast food.

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  43. on the kids’ show iCarly they eat spaghetti tacos with alarming regularity…

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  44. I usually order the chicken at LJS because the fish comes out too greasy for my taste. The chicken’s good, and I really like the hush puppies.

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  45. the chicken planks are excellent. Hush pups, too.

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  46. fish taco
    YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2 thumbs up.

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  47. The new crunchy breaded fish is quite good, and nowhere near as greasy as the batter-dipped (I’m not the type to go into phobic freakouts about every milligram of fat in my food, but there are limits).

    Still wish the Parmesan Fish Bites would come back. I loved those.

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  48. FIsh Tacos are HUGE on the west coast.

    Every LA mexican restaurant has them, and there’s a place called Wahoo Fish Tacos that is known for them.

    So, it’s not a far reach for LJS to take advantage of consumer demand.

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  49. what funny is how this is a big deal anyway. working for people like subway and mcdonalds growing up. what you see is not what your gonna get especially when its a franchise. as soon as you make something availble to the masses like that things aren’t made with pride they are made under pressure. lol. if you want it to look like good. make it yourself. lol

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  50. [...] I want to make it clear I wasn't trying to slam West Virginians in general, who I am sure are are a wonderful race. I was upset at this horrendous review of a horrendous product. It's amazing to me that somebody can actually botch a Long John Silvers Taco review by appearing to be less knowledgeable that the people at Long John Silvers. Fast Food Review: Long John Silver’s Fish Taco | Jeff Kay [...]

  51. get a life fucktard. your website sucks shit

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  52. Some people are real ball baby bitches.

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  53. actually, for the record, spaghetti tacos DO exist…and are pretty delicious

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  54. I’ve never eaten at LJS and was looking for a helpful review since I was curious about the fish taco. Now I’m just sitting here in disbelief.
    Your entire review was more about you never having even heard of the concept of a fish taco. It had nothing to do with it being worth the money or not. Honestly, fish tacos are a far fry from exotic that I find it shocking you seem to think it’s a new idea. Also, half the damned comments are children giggling over it being called a “fish taco”. What would you have named it, then? “Taco that is made with battered fish”?

    Thank you for the photo, though.

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  55. A fish taco usually has cabbage not lettuce. I think LJS fish taco would taste better with cabbage instead of lettuce. It might even work with cole slaw in the taco.

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