by Nathan on February 26th, 2015

Overall (3 of 5)

Once again, we returned to the place where it all started... the place where Aaron first tasted the fellowship of a Lenten fish fry. The fried cod was right on for a classic fish fry, and the gym will definitely take you back.  We had a great time visiting Immaculate Conception for the second time, and will be back. The people are great, and the atmosphere warm. Don't leave this one without buying a raffle ticket! When visiting this fry, we suggest the fried cod paired with spaghetti and green beans.


FIsh and Main Dishes (3 of 5)

Variety:  Fried or Baked Cod, Fried Jack Salmon, Fried Catfish, or Fried Shrimp.

Taste:  The fried cod was very good for a rectangular fish patty.  One of the best patties like that we’ve tasted.  The baked cod was just ok.  We recommend the fried cod.  We didn’t get a taste of the jack salmon or catfish.

Value:  $8.50 for an adult plate of fried cod, jack salmon or catfish; $9.00 for baked cod; and $10.50 for plate with 8 shrimp.  The adult plate includes 2 pieces of fish along with 2 sides and 2 slices of bread.  Check out the full menu in the photos below.

Condiments:  The usual condiments (ketchup, tartar, cocktail sauce) are available from pump containers.  Paper serving cups are provided so you don't have to pump directly onto your plate (think Lion's Choice or Arby's). One tub labeled "salad dressing" was available.  Frank’s Hot Sauce was on the table as well as a giant shaker of parmesan cheese.  Gotta love the parm!!

Side Dishes (3 of 5)

Variety: Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Spaghetti, Slaw, French Fries, & Salad.

Taste: We tried the Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Spaghetti, & Slaw. Last week's green beans rocked our world (it is hard to top sautéed green beans); this week, though, we were impressed by the texture and flavor of the green beans. These too will be hard to beat! You can't go wrong with the spaghetti, either. It was top-notch. The Mac & Cheese and Slaw were good, but nothing outrageous.

Value: Hearty portions (though Aaron really wanted even more green beans). Extra sides are $2.00 each.
 

Beverages and Desserts (3 of 5)

Beverages: Only water is included with dinner. Sodas, tea, and coffee are $1.00 and draft beer is $2.50. Beer selection is limited, and coke products are available.

Desserts: A decent selection of cakes, cupcakes, muffins etc.  Prices did vary. Whole pies and cakes also available for purchase (homemade, of course!)
 

Atmosphere and Extras (3 of 5)

This is your typical fish fry in a gym. The staff was super-friendly and the two nice ladies we spoke to behind us in line were very friendly.  They were selling some raffle tickets and some car magnets.  They also had a special window for soda and beer with a dedicated bartender. 
 

Signage and Flow of Line

The signage was pretty decent.  Signs out on the main road and a couple more along the way in.  Once you are inside the door, you can immediately begin to make your selection on eyeing the menu. The line flows right into the gym. The only downside here is that the payment is at the end of the line and can hold up the line, especially if a credit card is used. A second money-handler could be put on duty during busy times to speed up the line.
 

by Nathan on February 18th, 2015

Overall (4 of 5)

Kicking off the 2015 fish fry season set the bar pretty high on a lot of levels.  First off, the hand-breaded cod was one for the books.  Such great seasoning and warm, flaky cod goodness inside.  Some of the best cod I’ve found since I’ve been hitting the fish fry tour.  The sautéed green beans and the mac & cheese bites topped my favorite off the list of sides.  Don’t miss out on the green beans!!

I wasn’t feeling 100% and was a little hesitant on even leaving the house, however, the fine folks at St. Stephen made our visit warm and welcoming.  The fish fry posters hung in the cafeteria are a great addition to the fish fry atmosphere, along with the TV (if you’re looking to keep tabs on the game), and the 505/50 if you feeling lucky.  You should have no problem finding the fish fry inside St. Stephen because they do an excellent job of posting signs and what not to guide you to the correct location for carry-out or dine-in.  Great job St. Stephen!  This is a fish fry I would visit again in the future.

Fish and main Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Baked/Fried Cod, Fish Tacos (Soft Shell), Herb-crusted Tilapia, Fried Shrimp, and Cheese Pizza for the kids and non-fish lovers.

TASTE:  The hand-breaded cod set the bar pretty high for the first fish fry of the season.  I did not taste the rest of the selections. 

VALUE:  $8.50 for and adult plate of baked cod, fried cod, and fish tacos.  $9.50 for an adult plate of tilapia or fried shrimp.  The adult plate includes 2 pieces of fish, 2 hush puppies, 2 sides, 2 slices of bread, and choice of tea, lemonade, water, or coffee.  See the photos for a full menu of prices for various options such as a la carte and for the kids menu.

CONDIMENTS:  Individual packets of ketchup, tartar, and cocktail sauces.  Tubs of butter were also available.  Salt and pepper shakers were on every table.  BONUS!
 

Side Dishes (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  Cole Slaw, Sautéed Green Beans, Spaghetti, Mac & Cheese Bites, and French Fries.  Apparently other sides that make it into the rotation include rice pilaf, baked beans, and sweet potato fries, but they were not an option when we visited.

TASTE:  The cole slaw was vinegar-based and tasted pretty average.  The green beans were extremely delicious and it’s a good thing my fiancé ordered them or I wouldn’t have had a taste.  WOW!  The crinkle French fries were pretty good, and how can you go wrong with fried mac & Cheese bites!  The hush puppies were good, but nothing special.

VALUE:  Generous portions.  $1.50 per extra side dish serving.

Beverages and Desserts (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES: Tea, water, lemonade, and coffee were complimentary.  Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite cans for $0.75.  They had a red and white wine selection for $2 per glass, Bud Light on tap for $3 ($6 pitchers), and a good selection of microbrews including Schlafly APA, Goose Island Honker’s Ale, Goose Island Urban Pale Ale, and Shock Top.

DESSERTS: Not a whole lot of selection for dessert or we missed the bulk of the selection when we arrived at 6:25 pm.  I wasn’t feeling well so I skipped dessert.  My fiancé said the yellow cupcake with chocolate icing was too good to share!
 

Atmosphere and Extras (4 of 5)

The atmosphere at the fish fry was very welcoming and friendly.  Its seemed like a part of each person’s day to be there and like everyone, even the workers, wanted to be there doing what they were doing.  In addition to the food and drink portion of the fish fry they had a 50/50 raffle they were selling tickets for, a TV with the college basketball game on, flower vases with American flags on each table, and very attentive table bussers ready to clear your plate or try out of your way when you are finished.  As an added bonus, they had salt and pepper shakers on the table instead of having to use little packets!  One added bonus that I also like is that they apparently have a “catch of the day” each week featuring a different main dish.  What a great idea!  We really liked the atmosphere here.  It looked like some of the students or faculty (because the artwork was so good) had created unique fish fry posters and hung them up throughout the cafeteria.  They were great and many of them really funny.  Check them out in the photo section below.  The atmosphere is one of the main features of a fish fry that draws me back again in the future, and this one is no exception.
 

Signage and Flow of Line (5 of 5)

We found rock star parking, so it was obvious where the door to go in was; however, the signage to get you to the fish fry was excellent.  No secrets as to where to turn to get that tasty cod goodness.  There are giant detailed menus posted in almost every room around every corner including a wall with chalkboard paint with the menu written on it large enough to see from across the room.  I snapped a photo of it so you can check it out in the photos section.  We arrived relatively late so we didn’t experience much of a line.  Two thumbs up in this department for sure!
 

by Nathan on February 18th, 2015

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by Nathan on February 18th, 2015

Overall (3 of 5)

Closing out the fish fry season is always bittersweet.  This year was no exception.  With the final landing at St. George (combined with St. Dominic Savio) we were excited to visit another new fish fry (for us at least) and visit with some family, too.  The St. George fish fry was a simple, yet well-planned fish fry.  They have a wide selection of fried and baked fish to order plus a wide variety of tasty sides.  Order the Mac & Cheese and you won’t be disappointed.  Add toasted raviolis on top of the already diverse selection, and you have something for everyone. 

There’s not much hoopla going on other than serving food and drinks, and you’ll definitely be able to find your way once you find a parking spot.  If you’re looking for a fish fry with a lot of food options and a place to spend an hour or two chatting with folks, the fish fry at St. George is perfect for you.  If you’re looking for raffles, music or anything outside the basic fish fry, you might want to find another fish fry to go to.  While the dessert selection was lacking, it makes up with delicious fish and sides.  Great fish fry everyone!!

Fish and Main Dishes

VARIETY:  Fried Cod, Baked TilapiaFried Alaskan White, Fried Catfish, Grilled Cheese, or Fried Shrimp

TASTE:  The fried cod was pretty good for a frozen fish patty.  The fried catfish was good, as was the fried shrimp.  I didn’t get to taste the Alaskan White

VALUE:  $7.50 for a fish dinner with two sides.  $5 for a fish sandwich with no sides, and $4 for an extra portion of fish (with dinner purchase only).
 
CONDIMENTS:  Individual packets of ketchup, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, butter, a bowl of grated parmesan cheese, fresh lemon wedges, marinara sauce, and bottles of maple syrup.

 

Side Dishes

VARIETY:  Mostaccioli, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Hush Puppies, Apple Sauce, and Mac & Cheese.
 
TASTE:  I recommend ordering the mac & cheese.  It was very cheesy and delicious.  The mostaccioli was very good, especially with the fresh parmesan cheese.  The green beans and slaw were good, too.  I didn’t try the applesauce or the hush puppies

VALUE:  Good sized portions.  $1.50 per extra side dish.

Beverages and Desserts

VARIETY:  Mostaccioli, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Hush Puppies, Apple Sauce, and Mac & Cheese.
 
TASTE:  I recommend ordering the mac & cheese.  It was very cheesy and delicious.  The mostaccioli was very good, especially with the fresh parmesan cheese.  The green beans and slaw were good, too.  I didn’t try the applesauce or the hush puppies

VALUE:  Good sized portions.  $1.50 per extra side dish.

 

Atmosphere and Extras

Everyone working at the fish fry was extremely nice and good spirited.  We saw our McLaughlin part of the family which is always a pleasure, so the definitely boosted the good atmosphere.  Not much else but food and drinks going on at the fish fry, but that allows them to focus on the quality.  They had cheese-filled toasted raviolis available for $3 for 6 pieces.  St. George also had recycling trash cans around the room.  Great job!!
 

Signage and Flow of Line

With plenty of signs outside the church and along the way in, you definitely know which way to go for “dine-in” and “Carry-out.”  They had plenty of menus posted inside as well.  If you get lost, you’re probably texting too much or not paying attention.  There are plenty of signs directing you where you want to go.

 

by Nathan on February 16th, 2015

Overall (2 of 5)

Before going to St. Ferdinand I was very excited to see what all the hype was all about since they are known to have some of the best cod in town, and I heard they've been doing a fish fry every Friday now for decades.  While the location is tucked in a neighborhood, ample parking for everyone, the atmosphere of that good classic fish fry was missing from what I'm used to.  The fish selections are great, and the cod tastes fantastic.  The fried cod definitely lives up to all the hype.  The layout and method of serving and selling of food is quite different than I'm used to, however, the room was full, so they are doing something right!  If you're looking for a place to stop in and pick up food for the family or a party on your way home, this is the perfect place to go.  If you're looking for a fun evening with stuff to do for the kids and an evening of fellowship, I might try another fish fry.  Great cod, though!  Its worth a visit if you're doing the fish fry "tour," as its been called.

Fish and Main Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried Cod, Baked Cod, Fried Cajun Catfish, Fried Regular Catfish, Fried Shrimp
 
TASTE:  I tried the fried cod and it was white, fluffy, and flaky.  Definitely top notch cod. 

VALUE:  Fish is sold by the pound a la carte.  $11.50 per pound for fried cod, baked cod, fried cajun catfish, and fried regular catfish.  $10 per pound for broken ends of fish.  $1 per piece of fried shrimp.  Bread cost $0.20 per slice.

CONDIMENTS:  Individual small containers of ketchup, tartar sauce, and parmesan cheese for $0.30 each.

Side Dishes (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Spaghetti, Cabbage Slaw, French Fries, and Regular or Jalapeno Hush Puppies

TASTE:  All sides tasted average.  Nothing too special in this department, but this could be because I seemed to get the scraping off the bottom of the pan for each the spaghetti and the cole slaw.

VALUE:  Sides are sold a la carte in bulk.  $1.75 per serving, $3.25 per pint, and $4.75 per quart.

Beverages and Desserts (2 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Water is complimentary with dinner.  They have Coke products, coffee, milk, or iced tea for $1 for 12 oz., $1.50 for a 16 oz. and $2.25 for a 32 oz.  Beer choices include Busch and Bud Light for $2 per 12 oz., $2.50 for a 16 oz. and $4 for a 32 oz.

DESSERTS: The desserts were displayed on the counter that you could look at while standing in line.  The selection wasn’t very abundant, but they do offer baked apples, ice cream, and ice cream floats.  We didn’t elect to have a dessert since it was our second fish fry and the selection wasn’t to our taste.  See the photos section for the pricing on desserts.

Atmosphere and Extras (2 of 5)

The walk into the fish fry was the best part of the atmosphere with the various ribbons and decorations in the foyer.  Once we entered the cafeteria it seemed like chaos.  It was our first time here and we weren’t sure where the line started.  It definitely seemed like everyone else knew what was up, though.  Once we found our table we realized we were sitting under a vent which was quite cold and very strong to just be a vent.  Low marks on the atmosphere because there wasn’t much going on here except people eating fish or people ordering in bulk and taking it home.  The people serving the food were very young and sat there and mindlessly stirred the food and seemed to care little about the overall operation of the fish fry.  This took away from the experience for me.  Its a far stretch from a tight team with matching aprons working like a well oiled machine that I've seen at other places.

Signage and Flow of Line (1 of 5)

Hopefully you know where you’re going when you get to St. Ferdinand because other than following the flow of people in and out of one entrance, it wasn’t perfectly clear which way to go.  Once we followed our nose into the cafeteria, we noticed that the line was rectangular with 3 registers and no signs.  We were thoroughly confused and just sort of stumbled into the correct place in line after asking a few people who were waiting what the story was.  The line also moved pretty slowly.  It seemed to us that since St. Ferdinand does a fish fry every Friday they would have this figured out by now. 

by Nathan on June 30th, 2014

Overall (4 of 5)

Our visit to St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne was highly anticipated for a number of reasons.  I have read many reviews that they have the best cod in town.  Unfortunately for us, we live nowhere near SRPD.  Secondly, I found out Father Tom Wyrsch has been assigned to SRPD, and we go way back.  It was great to talk to him again.  The fish fry at SRPD is great.  If you haven't been, you need to make the trip up there.  While a little unconventional compared to the many others we have been to since this adventure started, the cod is excellent, so fill up on that and not the sides.  They sell the cod by the pound, and everything else ala carte instead of including everything in one price.  If you get a side, get the spaghetti, and maybe get a cup or bowl of the clam chowder, too.  Make sure to say "hi" to Father Tom and that you're visiting because of Fish Fryday Review!!
 

Fish and Main Dishes (5 of 5)


VARIETY:  Baked or Fried Cod and Fried Shrimp.  Fried Cod is sold by the pound, not per dinner.
 
TASTE:  The fried cod fillet was soft and flaky and delicious.  I've been wanting to taste the fish at St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne for a while now, and it was definitely worth all the hype!  The baked cod was quite delicious as well.  I recommend both!

VALUE:  Fried Cod sold for $11 per pound, and sides are sold ala carte.  They also have an 8-piece fried shrimp dinner that goes for $8 and includes two sides.  Kid's meals include fried mac & cheese with fries for $3.50.  All dinners include 1 hush puppy....BONUS!

CONDIMENTS:  Small containers of ketchup, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, and butter are available at the end of line along with individual packets of salt, pepper, and lemon juice.  Love the small containers over the individual packets.
 

Side Dishes (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Spaghetti, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, French Fries, and Hush Puppies (6).
 
TASTE:  I thought the spaghetti at SRPD was great, especially with grated parmesan cheese on top.  The cole slaw and green beans were pretty standard, as were the hush puppies, but standard hush puppies are ALWAYS good!

VALUE:  I felt that $1.50 per individual side dish was a little steep on top of $11 per pound of cod, plus beverages, plus desserts.  This is NOT an all-inclusive dinner, which may be attractive for many people.  It was the first "per-pound" fish fry we have been to so it was slightly unusual.

Beverages and Desserts (2 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  $2 Wine (Red or White), $1 canned soda (Coke products), iced tea, water, coffee.  Nothing special here, but wine is a nice option to have.

DESSERTS:  A nice mix of Pie ($1.25), Cake ($1), and Cookies/Brownies/Cupcakes ($0.50).  I did see some red velvet cupcakes and lots of desserts that cater to the chocoholics such as myself.  We decided to forgo the extra cost for dessert since we were going to another fish fry later.  The dessert table did look quite nice.  Very impressive!!
 

Atmosphere and Extras (3 of 5)

With the anticipation of visiting SRPD in North County, expectations were high.  The atmosphere of the fish fry was delightful.  People of all ages talking, smiling, eating, drinking, and having a good time.  The atmosphere was great.  Joe Eaton came over and talked to us for a little bit and took care of us while we were there.  Super nice guy.  Thanks Joe!  The staff was extremely friendly, and they were dressed in matching fish fry aprons.  I can't remember if Father Tom had one on as well.  If he didn't, somebody get him a matching apron!! 

Extras included clam chowder ($4 or $6) at a separate table.  Also, the format of the dinner was quite different than we are used to seeing.  Everything was sold separately, which isn't too kind on the wallet; however, make sure you take advantage of the cod sold by the pound.  Its by far the best part of the meal, and you might as well get you a healthy portion because you don't find cod that tasty too often.  Its top notch for sure.
 

Signage and Flow of Line (5 of 5)

Once we got directions to the correct church (GPS took us to a totally incorrect church), it was obvious where we were supposed to go because they have signs out on the street and above the entrance where you go in.  Once you enter, the line flows very nicely.  We were definitely the newbies since we were unfamiliar with the per-pound aspect of the fish fry.  I'm sure we were holding things up!  Regardless, the line kept moving, and there was no question where everything was located inside the room.  Signs everywhere told you what they had and how much it was.  Nicely done!!

by Nathan on April 7th, 2014

Overall (3 of 5)

Our Lady of Sorrows has an absolutely beautiful church, and I enjoyed every bit of looking at its imposing structure next to the fish fry hall.  With plenty of signage and direction to the delicious fried cod, the fish fry had all the elements of a cozy little fish fry.  The fried cod patty was tender and flaky, and their weekly "special" is something to look forward to if cod is not your thing.  The sides were good, and the beverage table is not to be missed.  The beverage selection is good, but most of all the friendly staff and friends of the parish is what makes this fish fry great.  Thanks to everyone at Our Lady of Sorrows for putting on a great and enjoyable fish fry to everyone in our group!!


Fish and Main Dishes (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Baked or Fried Cod, and Fried Shrimp.  Cheese pizza for the non-fish eaters and kids.  They also offer a “special” every week.  This week’s special was Pasta Primavera.  Next week is gourmet grilled cheese.
 
TASTE:  The fried cod fillet was soft and flaky for a fish patty.  Very good.  I didn’t try the fried shrimp.  The homemade pasta primavera was very good, with lots of chunks of peppers, onions, and other goodness.

VALUE:  $8.00 for a 2-piece dinner, and $6.00 for a 1-piece dinner.  $6 for a Shrimp dinners with 6 shrimp.  $6 for a “special” plate dinner.  Dinners include two sides, choice of bread, a dessert, and iced tea or coffee.  They were selling extra cod fillets for $4, shrimp (6) for $5, and baked cod (2) for $5.00.  Cheese pizza for $2.

CONDIMENTS:  Two types of tartar sauce, one included dill….a nice change up.  Ketchup and cocktail sauce in individual tubs.  They also had a bowl of shredded parmesan….nice touch!!

Side Dishes (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Mac & Cheese, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Hush Puppies, and Applesauce. 

TASTE:  The potato salad was homemade, it seemed, with a nice flavor.  The cole slaw was very good, as was the mac & cheese.  I didn’t taste the others

VALUE:  The portions were on the smaller side, I felt, compared to many other fish frys I had been to, and extra side portions are $1.25.


Beverages and Desserts (4 of 5)

BEVERAGES: Tea, and Coffee were complimentary with dinner.  $1.00 for Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite.  $2 for beers that included Bud Light and I think Budweiser.  Bottled Water was available for $1.00.
 
DESSERTS: The dessert table looked great.  They had a great variety of cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats.  They had plenty in the chocolate department, which always makes me happy.  Chocolate cake with chocolate icing, YES PLEASE!!

Atmosphere and Extras (4 of 5)

The people at Our Lady of Sorrows are certainly passionate about their events.  Everyone was so very nice, and they all seemed to be having a great time.  Ev and John Corich came over and said hello, along with a variety of the other staff.  I always love meeting great people at fish frys, and this one was at the top of that list! 
 
I didn’t see too much other stuff going on at this fish fry such as raffles, music, etc., but they did have big trays to carry your food along on, which was nice.  The plastic utensils were a little on the small side, which I found it tough to use with my giant hands, but I made it work.  I did like the 3-tiered rack they provided the utensils in.
 

Signage and Flow of Line (3 of 5)

With signs out on Kingshighway and along the way on Rhodes, there was no mistake which way to go.  Once you got inside, there was great signage as to the different stations along the way.  Beverages and Desserts were amply marked, and the flow clockwise around the room helped keep things moving.  I found that for the size of the line we waited in, it moved rather slow for its size.  That being said, it gave us much more time to talk to some of the nice people at the fish fry that much longer. 

by Nathan on April 7th, 2014

Overall (4 of 5)

The fish fry at St. Mary Magdalen has a lot more to offer than its food menu.  While cod isn't on the menu, they have a delicious batter for its fried pollack and a selection of other fishes to eat.  The side dishes may not "wow" you, but they have toasted ravioli and crab rangoon to have if you so desire.  They compliment the food with a variety of music each week, and a special "favor" they offer each week ranging from green beer, to fortune cookies, to popcorn, to something different each week.  They also donate their proceeds to benefit one of their seminarians who is suffering an illness which I think is really great.  Great job to all at St. Mary Magdalen for going outside the box to make it an enjoyable fish fry for everyone.

Fish and Main Dishes (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Baked or Fried Pollock, Jack Salmon, Catfish Nuggets, or Fried Shrimp.  No Cod.
 
TASTE:  I tried the fried pollack which had a tasty breading.  The breading was heavy, and the pieces were more like nuggets than a filet.  It was good.  The fried shrimp was about on par with the average fried shrimp.  It was good, but nothing earth shattering.  I didn’t try the other options they offered. 

VALUE:  $8.50 for an adult fish dinner plate, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for a children’s plate, 12 and under.  Mac & Cheese or Spaghetti plates are $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, and $4.50 for children 12 and under.  All dinner plates come with bread, coleslaw, 2 sides, and 1 dessert.  $7 for just fish (2)

CONDIMENTS:  Tartar sauce in a giant bowl, ketchup squeezables, cocktail sauce pump, and a shaker of parmesan.
 

Side Dishes (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  Mac & Cheese, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Spaghetti, Green Beans, Hush Puppies.  They also offer  Toasted Raviolis, and Crab Rangoons  as a separate order.

TASTE:  The cole slaw was definitely homemade and had a very unique taste.  The green beans were tasty with some spices and onions added to the mix.  The spaghetti was good, made with a homemade sauce that you could smell outside as you walk past the hall.  The spaghetti was good.  Hush puppies were standard hush puppies that if you like hush puppies, then get them!  I’d recommend the spaghetti and the green beans, too.

VALUE:  Side portions were good-sized…not skimpy.  $0.75 for an extra side dish.  $1.50 for extra french fries.  Toasted Ravioli (6) and Crab Rangoons (6) are $4.00.
 

Beverages and Desserts (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES: Tea, Water, and Coffee were complimentary with dinner.  Unless the tea was green tea, it was very weak.  Coke, Diet Coke, or Sprite was sold for $1.00.

DESSERTS: The dessret table looked great.  They had a great variety of cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats.  They were lacking in the chocolate department, but I only say that because of my love for chocolate sweets.  I tasted a spice cake with yellow icing sprinkled with chocolate.  Yummy!!
 

Atmosphere and Extras (5 of 5)

Since this was our first of two fish frys of the day, we beat the rush.  The atmosphere is livened up each week with music and favors they provide which vary from week to week.  See the photos for the complete 2014 schedule.  Some weeks include Irish music, German music, jazz, Italian music, Old Tyme & Dance, and the favors include THROWED ROLLS, green beer, popcorn, life savers, and more.  This week the music is Jazz with the Ukes, and the favor is fortune cookies.  There was a kind gentleman walking around from table to table handing out fortune cookies and adding to the fellowship and atmosphere of the evening.  Also, Dolored Guittar was livening up the atmosphere with her talented piano playing for everyone to enjoy during dinner.  This is something I absolutely love, so this fish fry gets super-high bonus points for this. Way to Go!! 
 
Along with live music, they are also collecting groceries and toiletries by donation to give to St. Vincent de Paul, which has facilities across Kingshighway from the church.  This is great.  If you go to St. Mary Magdalen’s fish fry on Kingshighway, bring some non-perishable groceries or toiletries and place them in the bins they provide.
 
I also met some very nice ladies selling 50/50 tickets and homemade artwork raffle tickets ($0.50 apiece for raffle tickets, so they are very affordable.)
 
Last but not least, I found out on the way out from the nice raffle ladies that all of the proceeds from the fish fry are going to benefit one of the seminarians associated with the church who is suffering from an illness.  This might have been the one thing that has touched my heart the most this fish fry season is to see so many people coming together to help someone they love so much.  St. Mary Magdalen, you should be an inspiration to organizations everywhere for what you do and how you pull together.
 

Signage and Flow of Line (4 of 5)

I had been to St. Mary Magdalen in high school with the jazz band playing in the gym, so I had an idea of where to go, however, you could pretty much follow your nose, and the people walking in.  There was signage out on Kingshighway, but not too much signage pointing you in the direction of which door to walk in.  After you get inside, there were plenty of signs pointing out where things were, and what they had to offer.  Flow was great, nothing too complicated. 
 

by Nathan on April 4th, 2014

Overall (4 of 5)

St. James The Greater puts on a great fish fry.  From a well-decorated hall, to homemade side dishes, to some delicious fried shrimp and fried catfish, the menu pulls out all the stops.  I usually go for the cod, but you want to try the catfish or especially the shrimp at this fish fry.  Complement your fish with delicious homemade cole slaw or homemade clam chowder.  The pasta would be a great pick, too.  With plenty of beverages options included in your meal and a variety to purchase, you won't go thirsty after eating all that fish.  The cafeteria-style lunch trays are an added bonus instead of styrofoam plates or trays.  They have tiny tables for little children and had some raffles to enter as well.  Hopefully you know where you're going to get inside to the fish fry, otherwise it might take you a walk around the corner or building to find the correct door.  The staff was especially friendly and had a fun-loving attitude.  I would definitely go back to St. James the Greater for their fried shrimp, cole slaw, and clam chowder.  Great job!!

Fish and Main Dishes (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried or Baked Cod, Fried Catfish, and Fried Shrimp.  Cheese Pizza or Grilled Cheese for the kids or non-fish eaters.

TASTE:  This fish fry is all about the fried catfish and fried shrimp.  The shrimip have no tails on them and are plump and delicious.  They might be the best fried shrimp I've had on the tour.  The catfish was very good, too.  The fried cod was a frozen patty and was had a thick, touch, crunchy breading shell.  it would be great on a sandwich.

VALUE:  $9 for a 2-piece cod dinner, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children 12 and under.  $10 for an adult shrimp dinner, $9 for seniors, and $8 for children 12 and under.  Extra fish is $5, shrimp $6, $3 for grilled cheese, or $2 for cheese pizza.  Each meal inclues french fries or hushpuppies, green beans, cole slaw, bread, a drink, and dessert.  Price seems average, to slightly above average for adults, but the senoir and children's plate seem a bit more expensive than most. 
 
CONDIMENTS:  The condiment table was great.  Convenient and had almost everything you needed.  Ketchup in big containers with little cups, tartar sauce packs, cocktail sauce in a big container, Tabasco, Frank's Red Hot, Parmesan Cheese shakers, butter, salt, pepper, but no malt vinegar or lemon.  Almost a perfect condiment table!!

Side Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Cole Slab, Green Beans, French Fries, Pasta with White or Red Sauce, and CLAM CHOWDER!

TASTE:  DELICIOUS!!  I get the cole slaw at every single fish fry I visit, and this one topped them all.  I'm not sure what the secret ingredient is (could be balsamic vinegar), but its a must try.  The white sauce pasta was very good, too, as were the green beans.  Both were great and way above average.  The green beans were buttery and hot.  French fries are french fries, in my opinion, and I didn't get to taste the red sauce pasta. 

For the first time that I've seen, St. James had delicious clam chowder, and I'm not a big clam chowder fan.  Big chunk of potatoes and clam in a delicious soup.  Great job!

VALUE:  Extra sides are $3 each, which seems higher than most other fish frys for extra sides.
 

Beverages and Desserts (4 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Tea, Lemonade, water, and coffee were complimentary with dinner.  They had someone selling beer and soda near the dessert table.  I believe it was $3 for beer and $1 for soda.  Beer choices included Bud, Bud Light, Busch while soda choices included Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite.

DESSERTS:  The dessert table contained mostly a variety of cakes.  I typically prefer more diverse of a selection, but dessert was good.  I was very full by the time I finished the sampler platter they provided me, but the chocolate cake was good.

Atmosphere and Extras (4 of 5)

The atmosphere at St. James was great.  We were ahead of the crowd, but on the heels of St. Patrick's  Day, and it was great seeing the decorated cafeteria during dinner.  The staff was extra friendly and high-spirited.  I loved the enthusiasm of all of them.  I also really liked the itsy bitsy tiny tables for the smaller children.  That was a first.  Before you got to the cafeteria, they were selling raffle tickets for a tool set.  I always like to see something extra going on. 

My favorite extra was the lunch trays they served the food on instead of paper or styrofoam plates or trays.  This is the second fish fry I've been to that has used trays, and every time it is a real treat.

Another great extra was the clam chowder they had.  Its unusual to find soup or anything like it at a fish fry.  It was delicious on top of it all.  Great job!!

Signage and Flow of Line (2 of 5)

Signage and flow is the only thing about this fish fry that was a little confusing.  Since it was my first time there, it wasn't perfectly clear which door to enter to go into the fish fry.  Its not hard to find, there just weren't any signs outside.

Before you get into the cafeteria, someone was selling raffle tickets next to a bunch of menu signs, which immediately makes you think you are supposed to pay there, so, of course I tried to pay the person selling the tickets.  Not so.

Once you get inside, the room and signage are great, but the flow of the food line is a little unusual.  I tried paying the next table of people taking money, and I tried going in the out, except you are supposed to pay afterwards.  They had plenty of signs inside for condiments, beverages, desserts, etc., but getting through that line wasn't very intuitive.

by Nathan on March 20th, 2014

Overall (3 of 5)

St. Alban's fish fry is one that's not too close to where I live, so it was a little trek getting out there.  It was nice to see the fish fry fellowship out in Wildwood, too.  Signage getting into the fish fry was a little scarce, but pointed you where you needed to go once you got inside.  If you're looking for top notch cod, you might try another fish fry, but St. Alban's has plenty of sides and a lot of delicious and creative desserts to offer.  They also have a few menu items that most other fish frys do not offer, such as nachos, kettle corn, and hush puppies.  They are also selling cook books for those that know their way around the kitchen or for those who are looking for a great gift for someone. 

Fish and Main Dishes (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried or Baked Cod and Pizza for the kids or non-fish eaters.  Not a whole lot of variety.

TASTE:  The cod seemed hand-breaded, but was a little chewy to me, which was a new sensation.  It looked delicious, but didn't taste quite as good as it looked.  I probably just got a couple touch pieces.

VALUE:  $9 for a 2-piece cod dinner, $7 for a 1-piece, or $6 for 2 slices of pizza.  Each meal inclues french fries or hushpuppies, green beans, cole slaw, bread, a drink, and dessert.
 
CONDIMENTS:  Tartar sauce, ketchup, cocktail sauce, and I can't remember if there were any others.  My photos seem to have been deleted somehow, somewhere.
 

Side Dishes (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Hushpuppies, French Fries, Green Beans, and Cole Slaw

TASTE:  I was very excited for the hush puppies, however, they were out when I went through line.  Big disappointment.  I guess they are good!  The green beans are very oniony, which I liked.  The cole slaw was standard, as were the french fries.

VALUE:  Sides weren't listed per extra portion, but they do sell the Fries, Hush Puppies, and Cole Slaw in Bulk for $5, $5, and $2 (per pound?) respectively.
 

Beverages and Desserts (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Water, Tea, Lemonade, Coffee, and Lemon-Lime Gatorade (I think).  The gatorade seemed to be made from powder and was a neon yellow color.  I'd stick with the tea, lemonade, water, or coffee.  They had draft beer on tap, and a selection of wines, which looked very good since I abstain from alcohol during Lent.  Unfortunately I don't have a price for beer or wine for you.  Probably in the $3 - $5 range.

DESSERTS:  The dessert table looked fabulous.  There were many options to choose from, but the item that stuck out for me were the ice cream cone cupcakes.  So clever, so cute, and I'm kicking myself for not having the photo of them that I took.  Great job on desserts!
 

Atmosphere and Extras (4 of 5)

The St. Alban's fish fry had the classic, crowded, noisy fish fry feel to it.  It was great.  everyone was friendly, and it seemed people were hanging around at their tables after they were finished eating to enjoy the fellowship of the fish fry, which is one key item that I believe must be present for a very successful fish fry.

They had Ladys Auxilliary cook books for sale for $20, which you could pay for with your meal when ordering.  They DO take credit cards, too.

The menu had a few bonus items that caught my eye, however, I didn't order any of them.  They offer nachos (Eat-in only), kettle corn, and pizza by the slice.  The nachos seemed to come in the plastic container in which the cheese bowl was built-in.
 

Signage and Flow of Line (4 of 5)

The church is easy to see from the road, however, if you've never been to this fish fry before, you might not know exactly where the fish fry is.  Not too many signs in the parking lot directing you to the correct door.  I found it OK, but the other Man of Cod, Aaron, went on a little adventure before finding the correct door.

Once you get inside and the fantastic smell of fried fish invites you in, you'll have no trouble knowing where all the stations, etc. are in the fish fry.  They had giant signs over the dessert table, beverages, etc.  Everything was easy to find.  Great signage inside.  You might consider adding a few outside, but that's just according to my friend. 

The line was long, but moved at a decent pace.  The other areas of the fish fry following along in suit so everyone just basically made a circle around the room.  It was well laid out once you paid and stood in line.


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