Mary Queen of Peace - 3/1/2013

by Nathan on March 5th, 2013

Overall  (2 of 5)

With several Fish Frys under our belt, there are things you start to look for, starting with where to go and how to get in the building.  This proved to be the most difficult part of the evening at Mary Queen of Peace.   We semi-circumnavigated the building in the snow and wound our way through several hallways only to find ourselves just inside the front door that was locked.  Catered by Russo’s Gourmet Catering, this fish fry had some good-looking dishes; however, part of the charm of these fish frys, in my opinion is cooking the food in-house.  If you like Russo’s, you’ll probably love this fish fry.  If you like a noisy atmosphere and a good selection of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, you’ve come to the right place.  If you’re looking for a place to stop in and quickly grab some fish on a Fish Fryday, I’d think again.  Don’t even think about getting an extra side dish a la carte because it isn’t allowed.  The fish fry did bring together many people who seemed to be enjoying themselves, especially the children, and that’s all part of a successful fish fry.

Fish and Main Dishes  (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Salmon, Shrimp, Cod, but

TASTE:  The Cod was above average, but not outstanding.  It was hot, flaky, and the breading had a lot of flavor.  The salmon looked to be baked and looked pretty good, but I didn’t taste it.

VALUE:  I’d imagine with the event being catered that prices would be slightly inflated, and it seemed true.  $10 for a Salmon or Shrimp Dinner, $9 for a 2-piece Cod dinner, and $8 for a 1-piece cod dinner.  Children’s Meal is $4 but I have no idea what that includes since it’s not listed on the menu.  I assume cheese pizza that I eventually saw going thru line.  All dinners include dessert.

CONDIMENTS:  Tartar Sauce and Cocktail sauce in large containers, served to you by a volunteer, Ketchup and Mustard Packets, Malt Vinegar, and Parmesan Cheese….bonus!!

Side Dishes  (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Green Beans, Applesauce, Shells & Cheese, Spaghetti with Red Sauce, and Rice Pilaf

TASTE:  I love rice pilaf, and this was no disappointment.  The green beans looked amazing, but seemed undercooked.  Once you finally got your fork in them,  the seasonings tasted good.  I expected better green beans from a caterer.

VALUE:  Portions were average at best, but forget about paying for an extra helping.  We were told that wasn’t allowed.

Beverages and Desserts  (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Lemonade and Coffee are complimentary and include a small souvenir cup.  $1 for sodas out of 2-liter bottles including Diet Pepsi, Orange Crush, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, and didn’t notice anything else.  $3 for Fat Tire and wine (Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Savignon, and Pinot Grigio), and $2 for Budweiser, Bud Light, or Bud Select.  $1 for bottled water.  All beverages required a different colored ticket.  Aaron wanted a Fat Tire, but they had run out by 6:30 pmand had Schlafly Pale Ale instead.

DESSERTS:  Included with dinner, the dessert table include homemade desserts, which seemed mostly like cake and cookies.  Some of the desserts appear to be catered by Russo’s including a raspberry and blueberry parfait.  The parfait was delicious, and it was a nice change from the usual fish fry selection.  The overall variety of desserts was relatively small.

Atmosphere and Extras  (1 of 5)

The first sign we saw when entering the fish fry was “Please supervise your children at the fish fry.”  If only this were enforced.  Don’t get me wrong…I embrace the family aspect of fish frys and enjoy some ruckus, but this time it seemed like a little too much.  At times it seemed like more children than parents.  However, I did notice a few well-behaved children.
The decorations in the cafeteria are nice with large, painted murals on some walls and decorated ceiling tiles.  Our table was dirty, as well as the floor next to it.  I might suggest recruiting some of the children/students to help wipe the tables down and help with the fish fry tasks.
We did run into one of our friends, Lisa, at the fish fry.  It was nice seeing her there.  It’s always great seeing people you know and getting a chance to talk to them

Signage, Flow, and Line  (1 of 5)

This is usually where the fish fry experience starts.  I didn’t see any signs pointing the way out on Lockwood or near the front of the church/school.  The front doors were locked and we walked all the way around the building (in the snow) and snaked through a couple of hallways only to find ourselves just inside the locked doors we couldn’t enter through. 
It would have been nice to have read the menu while in line, but you could only see the menu when it was your turn to pay.  The line for food went two ways, and backed up right in front of the door to enter the cafeteria.  I felt like I was constantly in the way of in/out traffic and the volunteers walking back and forth stocking food and such
The menu needs improvement.  It was not very descriptive and doesn’t really tell you what is included with the meal, or what types of side dish or beverage choices there are.  Half of the menu is beverages and images of the tickets required to obtain said beverages.

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