Assumption - 3/29/2013

by Nathan on April 1st, 2013

Overall  (4 of 5)

The Good Friday fish fry at Assumption was bittersweet as it marked the beginning of the final Fryday in 2013.  While the wait began outside and  far back in line, it moved extremely fast compared to its size.  The fried cod is average, but at the top of its class for a frozen patty.  I’d recommend the baked cod if you’re concerned with calories or fat.  It’s one of the best tasting baked pieces of fish I’ve tasted this year.  The pastas at Assumption really take a front seat in the department of sides.  The mac & cheese is extremely cheesy and delicious, and the pasta from Barolino’s is no slouch either.  I recommend both of them.  It was nice to see fruit salad as a size, and my friend Aaron said it was fresh fruit salad and not canned.  The dessert table is a little overwhelming due to its size.  There are a lot of choices to pick from.  There was no extra hullaballoo at this fish fry, just a large quantity of people getting their final fish fry fix of the season.  It was nice to see the Heggers at the fish fry as well.  We love to see good people and share a meal with them every fryday.

Fish and Main Dishes  (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried Cod, Baked Cod, Fried Catfish, and Fried Shrimp.  Cheese Pizza for the kids.

TASTE:  The fried cod was top notch for a frozen fish patty.  It was fried fish, but nothing special.  The baked cod is baked in a garlic butter lemon sauce and is the best I’ve tasted in 2013.  The portion size was generous, and it was very flavorful.  The fried shrimp was pretty standard.  I didn’t taste the catfish.

VALUE:  $8 for an adult plate which includes choice of fish, 2 sides, choice of bread, drink, and dessert.  Price is about average for the size and quantity of food relative to other fish frys.
CONDIMENTS:  Individual packets of ketchup, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, lemon juice, butter, and parmesan cheese. 

Side Dishes  (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Mac & Cheese, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad, Bartolino’s Pasta, French Fries, and Cole Slaw.
TASTE:  Do yourself a favor and order the mac & cheese.  It was extremely cheesy, and homemade.  The Bartolino’s pasta was also very good, although catered.  I believe one of the Bartolino’s family lives in the Assumption parish and provides it for the fish frys.  The cole slaw was pretty standard oil and vinegar based and seemed to come from a bulk container.  It was fine. 

VALUE:  Since the Styrofoam plates were sectioned off, the portion sizes were already determined, although they seemed to have a heavy spoon while dishing them out.

Beverages and Desserts  (5 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Tea, lemonade, water, and coffee were complimentary with dinner.  $1 for Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite, and $2 for Bud Light and Bud Select.  Not too many choices here, but reasonable options.  The complimentary drinks were all very organized and labeled appropriately.  They were pre-poured so you didn't have to wait for someone to help you.  They were also in larger cups (16-22 oz)....Bonus.  I like big cups.

DESSERTS:  Included with dinner, the desserts looked tasty.  One of the biggest dessert tables I’ve seen at a fish fry, the choices were almost too many.  I had the red velvet cake which was yummy.  The choices looked mostly like cakes, cupcakes and brownies.  I think I saw some cookies, too.
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Atmosphere and Extras  (3 of 5)

I haven’t been to Assumption since they have new facilities, including the gym.  The new facilities and Parish center are very nice.   I didn’t see too much going on in the way of music, raffles, etc.  The focus seemed to be on the food, keeping things moving, and the drinks/desserts.  They did recruit the Boy Scout Troop (which I like to see) to help with cleaning up and helping with trash duty.

Signage, Flow, and Line  (5 of 5)

With signs all way down Mattis near Tesson Ferry and plenty visible from Mattis Road, there was no doubt that Assumption was having a fish fry.  Signs on the door and in the parking lots pointed the way.  The line was already out the door at 5 pm which wasn’t surprising for a Good Friday fish fry.  Although the line seemed REALLY long, it moved extremely fast for its size.  The staff and planning committee at Assumption really knows how to keep things moving along.  They had plenty of seating, plenty of staff, and plenty of room to maneuver from station to station along the way.  I never felt rushed or crowded despite the large number of people everywhere.  They had menus to look at in line, and signs for beverages in various locations.  The signage was excellent.

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