Ever since I was a kid, I’ve eaten fish on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. I grew up in an era when fish was what’s for dinner every Friday — even when it wasn’t Lent. Or at least anything not meat was the Catholic menu. So mac and cheese worked too.
But as a fish aficionado — and my family will tell you I forced them to be aficionados even when they were too young to be ordered to eat fish, according to Catholic tenets — we religiously bought into McDonald’s Filet-o-fish sandwiches.
When we had six kids around the house, there were deals where these catches were 2 for $4. That was big news for us because many of the Eckert and Parker brood ate more than one sandwich … and fries. We tested out nearly every other sandwich on the planet, and returned to McDonalds.
This year, we discovered the Arby’s fish sandwich. Mmmm — they are 2 for $4, and the folks at Arby‘s in downtown Erie assure me that we can reel in that price until the end of April. Guess what’s for dinner?
In recent years, those talking fish at McDonald’s (if you watch the commercials) retailed for just shy of $4 each. Not at my house. McDonald’s heard my plea for mercy. Well sort of. On Friday, if you buy an extra value Filet-o-fish meal, you can buy an extra sandwich for a $1 — just on Fridays, but today, you can get the the new snack-size McBites for $1.