Fish & Chips @ The Golden Horseshoe

Price: $9.99

When: March 27, 2018, 2:20 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Sometimes, you’re in the mood for straight-up, no-holds-barred theme park food.

Fish & Chips, for example. At the Golden Horseshoe.

I step to the counter and order. I’m visualizing the prize: a big ‘ol basket of french fries, topped with a few pieces of deep-fried, breaded fish. I’m craving fresh, hot, and tasty.

I pay, step to the end of the counter, and hear my name called a few minutes later. The dish is handed to me on a big red tray. It looks exactly like what I expected. Excellent. I head for a table.

(Side note: the menu claims that the dish comes “with tartar sauce.” Turns out that’s not an automatic thing. We had to request it. If you’re a tartar fan, be aware.)

I get situated, pick up a piece of fish, dip a corner into sauce, and go to work.

This is not good.

Overbreaded. Soggy. A total grease bomb. No fish flavor to speak of. Instead, it’s just …. deep-fried, in that way where something that’s been thoroughly deep-fried no longer tastes like anything other than a deep-fried thing.

I try a few more bites, and a few of the other pieces of fish (you get four). Same results, everywhere. Bleh.

You can load this up with sauce if you want to, but it doesn’t really help.

I turn to the fries. Boring. They’re under-salted. Not nearly crisp enough. Disney often struggles with their fries; these are clearly a struggle they lost.

I’m sad about the Fish & Chips. There’s no reason a simple, theme-park dish has to be low quality. (For instance, the Stage Door Cafe’s Chicken Breast Nuggets are a delight.) The Golden Horseshoe did the minimum, here, and it shows. Too bad.

Not recommended.