The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich set a high bar. Whether the Louisiana-style chain likes it or not, all of its new and future sandwiches will be measured against the golden-brown standard set by the original. So, when Popeyes' first fish sandwichthe Cajun Flounder Sandwich— arrived on the menu last week , it was greeted with sky-high expectations. Did the company achieve the same fast food alchemy that it did with its smash-hit poultry offering?

    We found out.

    The Bun

    Nothing new to report here. Popeyes makes this sandwich with the same toasted brioche bun it uses for its chicken sandwich. It’s got that buttery shine on the outside and a touch of toasted brown on the inside. The bun is meant to add a richness to the sandwich in addition to serving as a vehicle for the fish and toppings. It does a good job.

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    The Sauce & Pickles

    Most fish sandwiches come with a smear of tartar sauce, and Popeyes' is no exception. It's basically required. However, unlike most fish sandwiches we've seen, this one also comes with pickles—the same thick-sliced, barrel-aged pickles that make the chain's chicken sandwiches so good. Our guess is that they're here for additional balance. The sharp tanginess of both the tartar sauce and the pickles combine in most bites to act as a good counter to the fish's fatty flavor and the fried breading's greasiness. The fact that they're just generally great pickles is also a big plus.

    The Fish

    Popeyes could have just named this thing the Popeyes Fish Sandwich, but it chose to put the type of fish it uses in the sandwich right in the name—front and center. We can see why. Flounder is a mild, crowd-pleasing fish that’s not too moist or oily. It’s delicate and flakes nicely, which is conducive to a pleasant sandwich-eating experience. It also takes on other flavorings well, which is where this sandwich truly shines.

    Instead of adding a spicy sauce to the outside of the piece of fried flounder, Popeyes put a bunch spicy Cajun seasoning into the breading. And while you can’t go wrong with a good spicy sauce, Popeyes’ approach here may be even better. Because the breading is so well seasoned, you end up getting a consistent level of spice and flavor in every bite rather than, say, a little here or a lot there based on how the sauce is distributed across the sandwich. The result is a fish sandwich that’s just as spicy—if not a tad spicier—than the spicy version of the chicken sandwich. We’re all for it.

    The Verdict

    With the limited-time launch of the Cajun Flounder Sandwich, Popeyes is now among the many fast food chains trying to capitalize on the increased demand for seafood during Lent, when Catholics abstain from eating meat. If you can’t eat a fried chicken sandwich, a fried fish sandwich is the logical next-best thing. But Popeyes’ fish sandwich is tasty enough to be a first choice—much more than the temporary ‘Plan B’ it’s seemingly designed to be for all the Catholic folks out there. In other words, it's good enough to be on the menu all year. 

    But going back to our original question, is it as good as Popeyes' chicken sandwich? Nope. Nothing is.

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    Tony Merevick is the Managing Editor at Thrillist. Follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick and Instagram @tonymerevick .

    Is the Popeyes Cajun flounder sandwich good?
    Verdict: yes. This fast food fish sandwich is surprisingly flavorful and much more substantial when compared with its Filet-O-Fish cousin. It looked fresh and appetizing coming out of its foil bag. I recommend you eat this one as soon as possible and not let it get too steamy in there. more
    How many calories in a Popeyes flounder sandwich?
    670 calories The Popeyes Cajun Flounder Sandwich has 670 calories, 35 grams of fat, 8.6 grams of sugar, 25 grams of protein, and 3.6 grams of fiber. The sandwich was market tested primarily in Chicago as a 2020 Lent promotion, according to the company. more
    Why is Cajun food called Cajun?
    Cajun Food The word “Cajun” originates from the term “les Acadiens,” which was used to describe French colonists who settled in the Acadia region of Canada which consisted of present-day New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. more
    Is Popeyes flounder sandwich really flounder?
    The Flounder Fish Sandwich includes a wild caught, flaky flounder fillet on a brioche bun with cured pickles and tartar sauce. The spicy version finds the flounder fillet seasoned in a mix of Cajun and spicy seasoning. Popeyes is offering the sandwich nationwide for a price of $4.49. more
    Is Popeyes classic flounder sandwich spicy?
    The Bottom Line: Mild, fresh, light, flakey, and with a semi-sweet finish that tastes even better spicy. This is the best fish sandwich in fast food, and it's only available for a limited time and, in my experience, constantly selling out — so move fast! Find your nearest Popeyes here. more
    Are Cajun French?
    Cajuns are the French colonists who settled the Canadian maritime provinces (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) in the 1600s. The settlers named their region "Acadia," and were known as “Acadians.” more
    Who invented chicken sandwich?
    It is believed that the first chicken sandwich was invented in 1946, when an Atlanta restaurant owner named Truett Cathy made an alternative to the popular hamburger. He placed a piece of boneless grilled chicken filet in a bun and named it Chick-fil-A. more
    Does Popeyes still have the Cajun flounder sandwich?
    Last year, Popeyes looked to replicate the success of its wildly popular Fried Chicken Sandwich, only with fish. In February 2021, the southern-style fast food joint dropped its Cajun Flounder Sandwich just in time for Lent. Following a seasonal hiatus, it's back—and dare we say, better than ever. more
    Are Cajun black?
    Today, common understanding holds that Cajuns are white and Creoles are Black or mixed race; Creoles are from New Orleans, while Cajuns populate the rural parts of South Louisiana. In fact, the two cultures are far more related—historically, geographically, and genealogically—than most people realize. more
    Does Popeyes still have the Cajun flounder sandwich?
    Last year, Popeyes looked to replicate the success of its wildly popular Fried Chicken Sandwich, only with fish. In February 2021, the southern-style fast food joint dropped its Cajun Flounder Sandwich just in time for Lent. Following a seasonal hiatus, it's back—and dare we say, better than ever. more
    Is Cajun healthy?
    Health Benefits From Eating Seafood Studies have found that eating fish and seafood can reduce your risk of depression, stroke, dementia, and heart disease. While Cajun seafood is very delicious, there may be more to it than just a nice meal. more


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