We just returned from Florida and indulged in some marvelous fish sandwiches, both fried and blackened. For example, Dockside Dave's in St. Petersburg Beach has a trademark grouper sandwich that you can order fried in two ways (light or heavy crust), grilled, blackened, or lemony. The sandwich I got was three substantial hunks of greaseless country-fried fish with a really good bun, for I think $10 (market price, but I did note the size of the check).
I have had other grouper and catfish sandwiches in FL at several places and it's similar-- terrific professional frying of fish that spills all over the plate, always accompanied by first-rate onion rings, fries, slaw, etc. Nothing that even begins to remind me of franchise fishburgers or what you would get from the freezer at Trader Joe's.
I can never recall seeing anything similar from any bar or restaurant in the DC area no matter what superlatives the menu writers may put on their descriptions. Even Great American Restaurants, with their terrific steaks and decent fish entrees, comes up short.
Question: Does anyone north of Richmond measure up? or are we hurting for fish sandwiches just like we are for pastrami?