Blah Bites: Hardee’s Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Sandwich

So during exams I was in a rush and starving.  The closest fast food joint to where I was that was NOT a McDonalds was a Hardees.  So I slowly pulled in, expecting to be forced to leave with just a $1.00 tanker of Diet Coke in my hands.  However, they still had their Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Sandwich.  So I thought I’d take a risk, and give it a go.

Now me and Hardees go wayyyyy back.  What fat kid in the South did NOT love Hardees breakfast biscuits?  Heck what skinny kid did not love Hardees biscuits?   Pre-weight loss me would certainly indulge in the delicious treats that Hardees (thats Carl’s Jr. for those West Coasters) would provide.  My favorite was the Chicken Fried Steak breakfast biscuit — add mayo.  Yep.  Thats a hunka fat and calories right there, but MAN do I remember it being tasty.   I try to avoid trigger foods like that now.  Not because they still may not taste good — but I know they are horrible for me, and even more so I know that I will feel SO darn guilty after eating them that it ins’t worth it calorically or emotionally.  However, today was a different day and I needed nourishment.  So to the cod sandwich I went.  Here are the stats from Hardee’s website (which actually does have one of the better nutrition listings I’ve seen — you can build your “bag” to see what you are about to put in your mouth) [10 Weight Watchers Points]:

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So 10 points is a lot for many people — but again I hadn’t eaten all day.  So here we went.   The Verdict:  not amazing, but not half bad.

The cod was cooked well — still moist and actually quite flavorful.  They pair it with a more “multi-grain” bun [they call it their honey wheat], but being honest as you’ll see in the photos — I ended up throwing the bun away.  I didn’t need it, nor like it that much to eat it.  Then there was a slice or two of tomato, a lettuce leaf, and some tartar sauce.

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Overall, if I was in a hurry again — but was going to sit at a desk where I could deconstruct this sandwich, I might get it again.  There are no break down stats on how many points just the fish filet is, but I’m sure it isn’t that horrible.  I imagine most of those points come from the bun.  So this (and my $1 tanker of Diet Coke) turned out to be an okay investment.  Imagine that.

Blah Bites: Review of Panera Bread Co. Shrimp Roll Sandwich

So Panera and I have a love/hate relationship.   Panera Bread is one of the healthiest fast food choices you can make.  They have salads, soups, and sandwiches that depending on your choices can be a healthy meal.  However, they are expensive and sometimes things are simply just misses.  So I find myself eating the same meal over and over again.

However, recently — for the summer months they released their Shrimp Salad Roll sandwich.  They describe it as:

Shrimp tossed with lemon tarragon mayo, leaf lettuce and avocado served in a freshly baked New England roll and topped with chopped basil and Old Bay seasoning. Served with choice of half a cafe salad or cup of cafe soup.

I thought I would give it a go, with a cup of their Corn Chowder Soup.  I was not looking for a low-fat, low-carb, low anything meal.  I wanted something to perk up my bored taste buds.  Here are the stats for the sandwich (the entire sandwich is 17 Weight Watchers Points):

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Now let me also say that I had been on a no-shellfish moratorum prior to this as well, and was having some heavy shellfish cravings.  The Hubbs-To-Be has some skin/allerge issues where when it flairs up — shellfish only makes it worse.  He isn’t alergic to shellfish per se, it’s more that it can make a flair up 10x worse.  I had wanted his flair up to clear up, so I had taken us off of shellfish.  No oysters, no shrimp, no crab.  Sad because we both LOVE oysters, shrimp, and crab….. Yet I digress.  I figured I could eat this tasty treat, and then sooth the savage beast.

 

Sadly.  No.

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The sandwich was….well.  Not what I had hoped for.  The bread was this huge, thick roll — but it just only frustrated me.  It didn’t add anything to the sandwich like  hear New Englander’s state about the roll that makes up the Lobster Roll sandwich.  It was just blah.  I have to give snaps to Panera for having perfectly cooked shrimp however.  Moist, not chewy, and plump.   But the rest of the salad was also very — well blah.  Blah mayo, blah avocado   It tasted very….bland.  Like the spice fairy had forgotten to visit it — and the veggie fairy too.  Maybe some crunchy veggies and a good tangy dressing might have saved it from the blah roll.  But as is — I was utterly disappointed    I hate it when my full fat treats turn out to be bombs.  So I picked out a few of the shrimp to eat, and then I ate the soup (which was pretty nondescript as well — I didn’t even take a picture ….)

 

Oh well.  Next time I think I’ll just order my usual…in my humble opinion it is SO not worth 17 weight watchers points.