St. Gerard Majella - 2/22/2013

by Nathan on February 22nd, 2013

Overall  (5 of 5)

St. Gerard Majella in Kirkwood knows how to host a terrific fish fry.  The welcoming committee is only a piece of the kindness offered throughout the evening.  The photo display board explaining what your meal includes is very impressive.  If you have any questions, it means you aren’t paying attention or are busy texting.  The delicious hand-breaded cod is the highlight of the meal.  This is top tier cod.  The variety and portion of sides served on a sectioned tray allow everything to stay in its place.  You won’t have green bean juice soaking into the fish, or cole slaw invading the pasta.  The relish area is a nice touch, and the selection of beverages is very diverse.  The fish fry is held in their new facility, which is neat, clean, organized and ready for a large crowd.  Soft pretzels, cheese pizza, Girls Scout Cookies, and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard are also available.  In addition to the dine-in choice, they also offer carry out and a drive-thru, which helps with the parking situation outside.  We even had a visit from Fr. Thomas Molini, one of the hand-breaders - Mr. Joe Buthe, and the man running the show, Mr. Chris Hogg.  Thanks to St. Gerard for fantastic hospitality and a terrific fish fry from top to bottom!!

Fish and Main Dishes  (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried Cod (8 oz), Fried Tilapia (8 oz), Fried Catfish (7 oz), Fried Shrimp (8), and Baked Tilapia.  Pizza (Domino’s, I believe) was available  in a different part of the hall for the non-fish eaters.

TASTE:  The fried cod is hand-breaded and DELICIOUS….definitely top notch.  Luckily, we were able to sample all of the fried fish there, thanks to the fish fry master bringing out a sampler platter for us.  The fried catfish and fried tilapia are both generous portions, and each was hot, tender, and flaky.  Personally, I’m not a huge fan of either, but they both taste top notch in quality.  The fried shrimp seem pretty standard.

VALUE:  Adult dinners cost $9 and include 2 sides, a roll, and dessert.  Child dinners cost $6 and include 2 sides, a roll, and dessert.  Extra fish a la carte cost $6 for an adult, and $3 for a child.

CONDIMENTS:  Large pump containers of ketchup, tartar sauce, and cocktail sauce, plus the option of individually packaged tartar sauce tubs.  A relish area includes dill pickles, banana peppers, and green olives…..bonus.

Side Dishes  (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Bowtie Pasta with Red Sauce, French Fries, Applesauce

TASTE:  The cole slaw is creamy, tasty, and in an extremely generous portion.  The green beans have sun-dried tomatoes in them and tasted good.  The French fries were nothing special, but I’m not big on French fries.  I didn’t get to taste the other sides.

VALUE:  Extra sides are $3 for two servings.  The portions were very generous.
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Beverages and Desserts  (4 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  I didn’t see an area with complimentary drinks, which would have been nice, but the beverage selection was quite extensive.  Soft drinks are $1 and your choices include Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Sunkist Orange, Powerade, and bottled water.  Budweiser, Bud Light, and Bud Select beers are $3 or 2 for $5, and Chardonnay or Cabernet Savignon wine are available for $3 per glass.  All beverages (minus some of the wine) are kept ice cold in tubs.

DESSERTS:  The staff at the dessert table looked like they were having a good time helping everyone.  The lovely ladies working here were very friendly. I sampled pecan pie and a cookie cake brownie type of dessert which were both amazing, and seemed homemade.

Atmosphere and Extras  (5 of 5)

St. Gerard’s fish fry epitomizes the fish fry atmosphere.  Clearly people are not there only to eat.  The kids were running around having fun, the adults sat and spent quality time after they finished eating, and it seemed everyone was enjoying themselves.  Everyone that worked there was incredibly friendly, personable, and a treat to speak to, even the guys in the back hand-breading the fish!
 
Extras that St. Gerard offers include soft pretzels for $1 chocolate, strawberry or vanilla Ted Drewes mini concretes for $3 (sold by the Boy Scouts), 2 different choices of wine, a relish selection (olives, pickles, and banana peppers), pizza for the non-fish eaters, and a drive-thru service.  The sampler platter we received was a nice extra, too.
 
The tray the food was served on was a sectioned tray, with a separate section for all of your various stops along the way.  You had one for the fish, one for each side, on for the roll, one for the relishes, and a spot for the silverware.  This was a very nice touch.  More fish frys should have this.

Signage, Flow, and Line  (4 of 5)

Many signs were visible from the road, and there were plenty of signs directing the drive-thru.  If you didn’t know which way to go, you just weren’t paying attention.  They had an enormous sign over the entrance (See photos) that directed you to the fish fry, if you nose couldn’t lead you there.
 
The display board inside the doors was very impressive.  Someone put a lot of time, thought, and care into creating a colorful display board explaining all of the options for entrees, side dishes, and desserts.  Forms were on the table in front of the board to fill out and the cashiers were next to pay.  They were also the welcoming committee, and they certainly made us feel welcome. 
 
Not having been to St. Gerard before, it seemed like walking into a room of chaos once you got downstairs.  It took a second or two to realize where to go and what the deal was with the line.  At first, it seemed the line was moving in the wrong direction, but ultimately it made sense.  Everything else flowed fine after you paid and were downstairs.  The food line was short and moved quickly.  The “To Go” area was another line you could wait in that seemed to be shorter as the evening progressed.  There was a separate area for condiments near the “To Go” as well.


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Dale - March 1st, 2013 at 3:45 PM
Happy Friday, Apparently, this is the "happenin fry place!". Great review..... I am sure this is the "good fat" we need in our diets and of course, low cal! If your gonna breat a fitness challenge, do it right! Thanks for the great review. Nurse Dale

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