A few years back, as a reader service to devout yet hungry Lenten observers in need of a quick, convenient bite, a number of Daily Mail staffers set out to troll the high seas of fast food fish sandwiches to taste for ourselves which one offered the best catch.
We learned a few things in the process.
The first was, despite making its name with flame-broiled meat patties, Burger King made one of the best fish sandwiches among franchise fast-food joints.
The second was that an afternoon of taste-testing fried fish is best followed by a long nap.
Third, a number of readers are very loyal to local eateries and their maritime meal offerings.
So after giving our bellies sufficient time to recover from our deep-fried bacchanalia, we decided the time had come to follow our readers' lead and have a Charleston fish sandwich throwdown.
(Plus, the time had come for lunch and we were getting hungry.)
So in unscientific fashion - using our personal experiences, the phone book and random restaurant signage - we settled on a handful of establishments from different points in the city.
We chose the venerable Grill on the West Side, known for its tasty hometown diner fare.
Right in the heart of downtown, the Fresh Fish Market at the Capitol Market serves what it sells - fresh fish and a lunch menu of seafood specials.
The Tricky Fish, an eclectic family eatery also specializing in seafood, represented the East End, while Tony's Gold Dome bar and grill represented Kanawha City.
Finally, a little farther east, the Riverside Anchor is revered for its diverse menu, including its famed tomato pie and "squeak" sandwiches.
Managing Editor Brad McElhinny fanned out staffers to retrieve sandwiches from their representative parts of town and return to the newsroom to share their finds.
Beverages were purchased, sandwiches were quartered and tasted, and our reactions recorded.
Fresh Fish Market
We're going to skip the suspense-filled nautical narrative and get to the point: Daily Mail testers were unanimously hooked on the Fresh Fish Market sandwich.
As the restaurant itself describes its signature sandwich, this was a "savory seasoned cod fish, deep-fried and piled high on a croissant with our very own signature tartar sauce."
The cod and croissant made for a buttery, slightly spicy combo. The fish on the $5.99 sandwich (price does not include fries) flipped up around the split croissant in fetching fashion.
"That croissant is perfect," said statehouse writer Zack Harold. "It just works so well with the fish. That might be the best fish sandwich I've had anywhere, ever."
That signature tartar sauce was a hit, too. "There's some pronounced pickleness," Harold said.
News editor Philip Maramba agreed, adding, "It has a nice bit of heat to it." That provided balance to the sauce's creaminess and the richness of the croissant.
"It all married well," wrote incoming business editor Jared Hunt, summing things up.
This tasty bite also ranked high in a recent Daily Mail Facebook poll and was the sandwich most readers mentioned a few years back that would trump the winner of the fast food test.
Among the accolades from the poll: