Have you ever ordered something thinking it was healthy only to find out later that it is not? I know. I have, too.
Take Captain D’s, for example. Now I like the Captain’s fried fish a lot. And their baked/grilled “healthy” meals are yummy, too. I cleverly placed the word healthy inside a pair of quotation marks to indicate it seems healthy but is a lot worse for your waistline than they want you to believe. We thought the baked tilapia with rice pilaf and a side salad would be a rather low-point meal by Weight Watcher standards, but figured they must put butter on the tilapia to get the fat grams so high. I just go for the gusto by ordering a kid’s fish and fries, subbing broccoli for the fries.
We had seen the commercials featuring the new <350 calorie meals at Long John Silvers so we knew going in how many calories we would be consuming. We ventured to the worn down Kanawha City location to give it a try.
The facility needs some spiffing up. It looks like no one has done anything to the place since it was built in the (I’m guessing here) 80’s. The gal at the counter was friendly and accommodated my request to sub extra veggies for the rice. I really appreciate it when restaurants will do that sort of thing.
I ordered the salmon meal and just ’cause I can’t leave well enough alone, I also ordered two pups – they were only $0.39…how could I resist?
I filled my cup with diet soda, requested some butter for my pups and proceeded to our booth. My meal was delivered to me in a black plastic tray with a clear plastic lid. The salmon was not the same thickness throughout the piece, so the edges got too done and were hard. The rest of it tasted like a nicely seasoned, microwaved piece of salmon I could have easily acquired from the Lean Cuisine Company.
The veggie mix was comprised of carrots, green beans and what we think were yellow carrots. They tasted fine, were not mushy, but appeared to microwaved, not steamed, given the quantity of water that pooled around them on the tray.
The next time I get a hankerin’ for fish, I will visit the Captain instead.
Susan and I were both debating between the tilapia and the salmon. Since we wanted to see both, we got one of each. Obviously from Susan’s review, Susan ate the salmon, while I ordered the tilapia. I ordered first, got a number, filled up with my beverage of choice (Pepsi) and searched for a table. And I really mean searched as this place was a little worn. It took me a while to find a seat where the fabric (or should I say pleather) wasn’t ripped. I finally found an acceptable table and waited for my food.
It didn’t take long for my food to come out and it was steaming hot. The vegetables were OK. I assumed that the yellow veggie in the picture was squash- they were not. They were yellow carrots– I didn’t even know that carrots were yellow until now. I don’t really like cooked carrots, so after I discovered this, I didn’t eat anymore. Like Susan said, the green beans tasted like something from a microwaveable lunch. I thought they were a bit rubbery.
The fish and rice was kinda bland. So much that I decided to spice up my fish and rice by adding a little ketchup. I couldn’t tell if Phil and Susan were embarrassed by this…but after all, we were in Long John Silver’s.
After looking at the pictures, the fish is bigger than I remember…I feel like there should be a warning similar to the one on the rear view mirror. However, mine would say, “Objects on plate are smaller than they appear.”
I left the restaurant still feeling hungry and unsatisfied. This is usually how I feel after eating a microwaveable meal for lunch. However, at least my eat-in lunch costs $2.50. The low cal tilapia, a small Pepsi and 2 hushpuppies set me back $7.39.
If you are going to Long John Silvers, just get the fried stuff. You will be much happier in the end.
P.S. from Susan
Do you see this photo? Egads, Woman! You are going to eat ketchup with “grilled” fish??? I might be able to understand it if the fish was fried, but no breading whatsoever?
And then she made another startling confession: she actually likes and plans to sometimes eat ketchup and rice. I just couldn’t wrap my head around that. Sure, I know she doesn’t want to choke anything down dry, but could there ever be a rice so dry that you would voluntarily eat it with ketchup?
I must say, though: she ate that blhecky combination of fish, rice and ketchup in the most dignified, delicate way possible. She dipped the fork tines into the ketchup ever so slightly and then gently separated a small bite of fish. Next mouthful was fork tines dipped in ketchup and a mini scoop of rice. Then another bite of fish accented by Heinz. And so on.
It’s always an adventure to dine with Misty!