Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wild Willy’s Goes Under The Sea

We stopped by Wild Willy’s Burgers in Worcester this afternoon to find a sign on the door which read: "FISH!" Hunh? Beef, yes, but fish? We inquired and found that they now offer a hand battered, fried haddock sandwich. We ordered some of their absolutely amazing Steak Chili (see my previous post) and decided to split one of the new fish sandwiches. The chili was perfect on this cold, blustery day. And the fish sandwich rocked! The bun was grilled, the lettuce crisp, the tomato juicy and the tartar sauce quite tasty. But the star was the haddock. It was perfectly done - crispy and golden on the outside, flaky and moist on the inside. If you are familiar with Kelly’s fish sandwiches, Wild Willy’s is slightly smaller, but both the fish and the batter are far superior! I know that’s heresy around these parts, but I stand by my statement.

Mind you, if you’re in Worcester and it’s a Friday, “Foley & Son Fish and Chips” over on Plantation Street is definitely the go-to place for authentic fish and chips, wrapped in paper. Their scallops and onion rings are excellent, but the deep fried cod will knock your socks off every time. Any other day of the week (except Sundays) if you’re craving a yummy fish sandwich, Wild Willy’s on West Boylston Street should be at the top of your list.

Who’d have thunk it? ;o)


dancingmorganmouse said...

Umm, if it's on a bun, doesn't that make it a fish burger? (or have we found yet another example of the US/Aus language barrier?)

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
Around here, something being served on a bun or a roll does not make it a burger. Burger is generally short for hamburger, which generally refers to ground beef. But another form of meat which is ground and cooked in the shape of a patty (usually a round, flattish disk), would likely be called a buffalo burger, ostrich burger, veggie burger, etc.

And even if the burger is served on toasted, sliced bread, not a bun or a roll, it is still a burger!

Most fish sandwiches around here are usually made from a fish filet, not ground fish, shaped into a patty. Also a chicken sandwich (grilled or fried), often served on a bun, is a whole piece of chicken breast, not ground chicken.

If it was ground or chopped fish, shaped into a patty, it could be called a "salmon patty" or a "salmon burger", regardless of what it is served on!

"Sandwiches" made with sliced meat, cheese and veggies, can be served on sliced bread, toast or rolls, but not usually a "bun". But buns vs. rolls starts to take us down a path fraught with regional differences!

So I think the key to what we think of as a "burger" is the preparation of the meat or fish, not the form of bread product it is served on!!!

Thanks for asking! If we ever have the opportunity to travel to Australia, I'll be sure to ask you for your best tips for U.S./Australian translations! Heaven only knows what kind of trouble we could get ourselves into without it!
- Lee

dancingmorganmouse said...

Making sense now. Over here we have chicken breast burgers, fish fillet burgers etc, so our burgers don't have to be ground up & pattified - BUT when you order sandwiches in cafes you do get asked what type of bread you want, or if you'd rather a bun.
So, now that I think of it, it's probably the temperature - if it's hot it's a burger, if it's cold it's a sandwich (or a sarnie in Oz-speak).
This is fun.

punky said...

I really want to check this place out.

Dave said...

I had no idea there was a Wild Willy's in Worcester. My wife and I have gone to the location in York so many times that we've actually done day trips to Maine just to get lunch there.

I can't wait to check out the Worcester location. I can taste it already.

(Not the fish, though ... but whatever works for them!)

Pink Granite said...

Hi Dave -
Happy to be of help!
But once you and your wife have had your fill of the chili and the burgers, you might want to give the fish sandwich a try!
- Lee