A Filet-O-Fish sandwich with its rectangular fish patty jutting out from a round, plush bun. It is set against a background of yellow, green, and blue blocks of color.


I’m thrilled to share an essay on Shondaland about a very important topic: my love of the Filet-O-Fish — and why it was the only McDonald’s item my immigrant family would eat (besides the fries, of course). I loved hearing from so many people after this piece ran about their own McFish stories. Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s a fast-food favorite of many immigrants: Chinese, Bengali, Korean, Somali, Filipino, and more.

Illustration by Brianna Ellis-Mitchell for Shondaland