St. Cecilia's - 2/15/2013

by Nathan on February 16th, 2013

Overall (3 of 5)

Definitely a memorable fish fry.  From live music, to dancers, to raffles, a Mexican prop photo booth, a line with snack and beverage service, and Mexican food on the menu, St. Cecilia's fish fry experience is quite unique. The fish, sides, and desserts all tasted average, but the Mexican food was pretty good.  The overall atmosphere was extremely enjoyable, and we had a great time.  We did see a Fox 2 News crew there as well.  I wouldn't go to St. Cecilia's to get some quality fish fry food, but its a great place to meet friends and get a taste of Mexico during Lent.

Fish and Main Dishes  (2 of 5)

VARIETY: Cod Fillet, Jack Salmon, Shrimp (6), Chile Relleno, Bean Tostada, and Fried Cheese Quesadilla. Served with one piece of bread.

TASTE: The cod was breaded and square, and tasted like a square fish fillet. The chile relleno is a large cheese-stuffed chile, battered, fried, and smothered in sauce. It was delicious, but it was a lot of cheese, and no fish. The fried cheese quesadilla was sprinkled with tomato and onion and was pretty much fried cheese in a fried tortilla. Lots of cheese. I was hoping for the fish to be Mexified somehow, so I was disappointed.

VALUE: $11 dinner inclues 2 main dishes, 2 side dishes, and lemonade. Seems a little steep for a fish fry. $4.50 for an a la carte entrée. No kids menu was listed.

CONDIMENTS: Individual packets of ketchup, tartar, and cocktail. They also served the meal with a HOT green chile sauce on the side. It was very spicy.

Side Dishes  (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Mac & Cheese, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Rice, and Refried Beans. 

TASTE:  The cole slaw was creamy and tasted average.  The rice was spanish, and tasted plain.  It was nothing special, but went well with the other parts of the mexican meal.  The refried beans tasted good, and were a thin consistency.

VALUE:  Average-sized portions.  $1.50 for an extra side dish.

Beverages and Desserts  (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Lemonade was complimentary.  Coke AND Pepsi product cans product cans for $1. Corona, Tecate, and Modela cans for $1.  I also saw pitchers of beer floating around, but I didn’t see how much.  Beverages were served in line while you waited.

DESSERTS:  Seemed pretty plain.  Diana’s Bakery provided many of the desserts.  They seemed like they were Mexican.  I didn’t see too much chocolate on the table

Atmosphere and Extras  (5 of 5)

If there is one fish fry that really knows how to entertain and give you all the extras, its St. Cecilia’s.  The atmosphere is one of the best I’ve ever been to, but with the excitement also comes a LOT of people.  In addition to the Mexican twist on the fish fry they had a mariachi band, raffles, T-shirts for sale, a cart of tamales roaming around selling to everyone, news cameras, chips and salsa for sale in line, sea bass ceviche for sale, beverage service in line while you wait, a Mexican photo-op area with props (photo booth-like).  Some of the additional seating rooms were tough to get to through narrow hallways with tons of people.  They had plenty of friendly volunteers sporting some pretty snazy red shirts.  The food was delivered to our table, and our dirty dishes were cleared for us.

Signage, Flow, and Line  (3 of 5)

We must have taken the back way but eventually found the fish fry.  No outside line when we arrived at 5 pm, but it wound all the way around the entire gymnasium.  They know how to handle a large crowd at this fish fry.  Many people stationed along the way to help move people about.  The entertainment and overall excitement of this fish fry made the wait in line seem smaller than it probably was.  One thing that seemed odd is that the condiments, knives, forks, napkins, lemonde and desserts were all in one of the additional seating rooms, which wasn’t very easy to find at first.  It seemed oddly placed.


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1 Comments

Name - February 23rd, 2013 at 4:15 PM
every thing looks dellicios, and you realy had alot of fun and good music. I r

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