St. Pius V - 3/22/2013

by Fryguy on March 26th, 2013

Overall  (5 of 5)

With fantastic fried cod, a live band, and an extensive beverage menu, St. Pius has all of the ingredients of a fish fry that make you want to stick around all night. The top notch fried cod is one of my favorites of 2013 so far (if not #1). The atmosphere is great with Irish music to listen to while you eat. If you’re feeling lucky, you can enter the 50/50 drawing or fill out an attendance prize ticket. No need to be present to win either one! If you’re headed to St. Pius and don’t want to wait in a long line, I advise getting to St. Pius no later than 5:30 because that line sure can get long.

Fish and Main Dishes  (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried Cod, Baked Cod, Fried Catfish

TASTE:  The fried cod is a must have.  Its extremely delicious.  One of my favorites of 2013.  The baked cod tasted very healthy and lemony, just OK, in my opinion.

VALUE:  $8 for an adult plate which includes choice of fish 3 sides, dessert, and tea or water. $4 for a child plate which includes ½ portion of fish, 2 sides, dessert, and tea or water.  $4 for a fish sandwich.
CONDIMENTS:  Tartar Sauce (large bowl), Ketchup, Mustard, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Malt Vinegar, and Lemon Wedges. 

Side Dishes  (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Homemade Potato Salad, Homemade Cole Slaw, Homemade Mac & Cheese, Seasoned Green Beans, and Applesauce.
TASTE:  The sides tasted OK.  Highlights are the potato salad and the slaw, both tasting unique and homemade.  The mac & cheese was good also.  I don’t recommend the green beans.

VALUE:  Portions were above average sizes, and the meal included 3 sides, which is very unusual.  Most fish frys only include 2 or fewer.  The menu didn’t list the price for a la carte side dishes.

Beverages and Desserts  (4 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Tea, Water, and Coffee is complementary including all of the accoutrements to add on its own separate table.  Sodas are $0.75 and include Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Diet 7up, Dr. Pepper, and Diet Dr. Pepper.  Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra are available for $2.  Schlafly Pale Ale and Guinness are available for $3.  Wine is available for $2 and includes Chardonay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  They had a very nice beverage menu with choices and prices listed for each one.  I really like being able to see all of the choices so I don’t have to ask what is available and for how much.  Nice work!!

DESSERTS:  Dessert is included with the meal.  The staff at the dessert table was very friendly, but tucked in an inconvenient location on the side of the room.   I saw a sign that hinted at sugar free desserts being available, which is good for those sensitive to sugar.  That’s a nice option to provide.  The dessert table was stocked with homemade desserts which include mostly cakes and brownies.   I had a brownie, which was very tasty, but nothing special.

Atmosphere and Extras  (5 of 5)

Live music is a big draw at St. Pius. The Jameson Clan played mostly Celtic music, which was appropriate since St. Patrick’s day was just 5 days earlier. I’m a big live music fan, so I think this is a top notch extra at a fish fry. Great job!! I think more fish frys should have live music.  Also available are 50/50 tickets for $1, and attendance prize tickets for everyone who buys food and dines in (I think).  Another bonus is real china plates, and silverware. No Styrofoam or plastic forks here!  Way to Go!!

Signage, Flow, and Line  (4 of 5)

I’ve always thought that the entrance in the side door down the steps was a little goofy, but it is definitely the right door to send the line out.  We arrived around 5:00 and there was no big line, but by the time we left at 6 pm, the line was out the door.  Once you get inside the door, you stand in a wind tunnel which can be quite cold if the outside temperature is cold.  While we waited, the line moved a little slower than average, but the company was good. There is plenty to look at, including menus to read while you wait.  If you’re lucky, the live band is on to entertain you, too.  Each station at the fish fry had a menu, and there was never a mystery where everything was.  Getting to the restroom is a little tricky past the band and through the dancing children.
You can see the fish fry sign from the street, but there is no sign on the side street where the entrance door is located.  This isn’t an issue when the line goes out the door, but if you’re early or late, you might not find it at first.  Look for the “Singler Hall” sign over the door.  The “to-go” door is separate from the dine-in door, and WAS well marked.

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