A Reddit user posted a question that revealed something very fishy about McDonald's Filet-O-Fish.
The user asked Redditors who worked at restaurant chains, "What dish should we not order and why?" McDonald's fish sandwich is one of the most upvoted responses.
One Redditor and ex-McDonald's employee recommended that the Filet-O-Fish should not be ordered unless it has been freshly cooked. The user explained the fish-filled burger is otherwise left out for hours. The user wrote: "At McDonald's just say you want a fish filet cooked to order. It will take ~5 more minutes but worth it compared to the filet that has been in the heated cabinet for hours."
Another Redditor chimed in in agreement: "I came here to say this. Seriously."
"It's been 3 years since I worked there but I can promise you that filet of fish is not fresh by any stretch of the imagination," the Redditor continued.
If it's not too busy, a McDonald's employee, or even the manager, would honor a "cooked to order" request so long as you're willing to wait a few minutes for it to be made.
A third Redditor pointed out that a "social contract" is made when you go to a McDonald's. "If you're going to serve me a square piece of fish that tastes the same whether I order it in Denver or the south of France, I am under no assumption that it is by any means fresh," the comment said. They explained that they are completely OK with the questionable freshness of Filet-O-Fish, but when it comes to fast food aesthetics, what gives?
"What I really want to know is how damn hard is it to put a half slice of cheese on a sandwich and have it resemble a complete sandwich, why is it always lopsided?!"
Reddit users had a beef with how their patties were being made to look unappetizing. "And the tartar sauce is always only on one half of the sandwich and heavily leaking out so the box is almost soupy with it. Drives me nuts," a user commented.
When you check into a fast-food chain for a bite, the expectation is that your order should at least marginally match the menu photo and be fresh -- and if not, well, now we know the drill.