St. Simon the Apostle - 3/29/2013

by Nathan on May 27th, 2013

Overall (5 of 5)

We finished off the 2013 Fish Fry season at St. Simon the Apostle, my grade school alma mater.  I must say, the fried cod served is one of the best of the year.  Its top notch cod served with generous side dish portions and delicious desserts.  The hot food is kept hot until it is served.  In fact, it was the hottest meal we were served all year.  The homemade red sauce on the spaghetti was delicious, especially sprinkled with the grated parmesan they had available.  I recommend the homemade mac and cheese as well.  Everything was clearly marked and menus very clear.  They could use a sign or two outside the doors to the school for those who don’t know exactly where to go once you get into the parking lot.  There is plenty of space to sit, and two separate rooms that serve food (cafeteria and gymnasium).  The head honcho of the fish fry took some time to come pay us a visit and talk to us.  She said they take pride in keeping the food hot until it is served.  They also focus on the fellowship rather than the fundraisers and other activities during the fish fry.  I’ve always enjoyed the fish fry at St. Simon’s, but they have really improved the fried cod in recent years.  It is truly a great fish fry if you are looking for some great cod.  The beverage area could be revisited and upgraded to include some soda, but they did have a nice selection of teas and lemonades.  We’ll be sure to visit again on Good Friday next year!

Fish and Main Dishes (5 of 5)

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

TASTE:  The fried pacific cod was excellent, and definitely a step above most others.  It was hot, flaky, full of flavor, and just about everything you look for in a piece of fried fish.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it again.
VALUE:  $7 for an adult plate ($6 for seniors) which includes fish or shrimp, 2 sides, choice of bread, non-alcoholic drink, and dessert.  It is a great value for the amount of food served.  $2 gets you an extra piece of their delicious fish.  A la carte fish is sold for $3 each, 2-piece shrimp for $1, and 1 piece of pizza for $3.
CONDIMENTS:  Individual packets of ketchup, tartar sauce squeezable bottles, cocktail sauce scoop-able with a spoon, and parmesan cheese to sprinkle with a spoon….bonus.

Side Dishes  (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Applesauce, French Fries, Spaghetti, and Cole Slaw.
TASTE:  The mac & cheese is excellent, the green beans are buttery, and the spaghetti has a delicious homemade red sauce.  All of the food was steaming hot, which is great to see.  Most fish frys don’t keep the food as hot as they should.

VALUE:  Portion sizes are as big as the plate allows but definitely not skimpy.  Extra sides were $1.50 each.

Beverages and Desserts  (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Tea, Pink Lemonade, water, and coffee were complimentary with dinner.  They had the soft drinks pre-poured which was nice, although the tables were a little messy.  $2 for Bud Light or Bud Select, and $2 for a choice of red, white, or pink wine.  There were two areas that had beverages, but each area did not offer all of the beverage options.  I think this could be revisited to improve presentation and selection.

DESSERTS:  Included with dinner, the desserts looked delicious.  Mostly homemade, I once again opted for something chocolaty.  I had one of the most delicious fudge brownies I have ever tasted.  Way to go!  If it hadn’t been the second fish fry of the evening, I might have gone back to purchase another brownie!  Extra desserts are $1 each.

Atmosphere and Extras  (4 of 5)

St. Simon’s is my grade school alma mater, and I have been going to this fish fry since I was a wee lad.  I’m a little biased to the atmosphere here since I attended school there for 8 years.  I always love going back to see what is new, how things have changed, see familiar faces, and taking a trip down memory lane.  Needless to say, my review in this category at St. Simon’s is a little biased.  The people working were very friendly.  The head honcho who runs the fish fry came out and talked to us for a while.  When we told her how we noticed that the food is served much hotter than most other fish frys, she said that she takes pride to make sure the food is hot and not merely room temperature or just warm.  Great job!  There wasn’t much fanfare or other activities at St. Simons (e.g. fundraisers, etc.) as they also like to focus on the fellowship aspect of the fish frys.  We certainly appreciate that as well.  The boy scouts were tasked with clearing plates and cleaning tables, which I love to see.

Signage, Flow, and Line  (5 of 5)

With a fish fry sign out on Mueller Road and plenty of menu signs inside, there weren’t many signs in the parking lot pointing the way.  One person we were with had never been there before and was unsure which door to go in, but the rest of us had been there before.  The flow of the line is great.  Each station follows one another in logical order after paying.  The wait was very short.  I wasn’t a big fan that some of the beverages were served in a completely different room.

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