St. Paul's in Fenton - 3/7/2014

by Nathan on March 14th, 2014

Overall (4 of 5)

St. Paul's fish fry was great.  The highlight for me was the delicious food they were serving.  With quality cod and homemade side dishes, you really get a sizable, tasty dinner for $9 or less.  Make sure to get the cole slaw with mac and cheese....or spaghetti.  You really can't steer wrong with the side dishes.  It was nice to be served beverages at the tables, and the clean up crew was on top of things, too.  St. Paul's is doing fish frys the way they are intended, with great food, great fellowship, and a community effort to make it all happen.  The extra time waiting in line only allowed us to talk and visit more with others.  This fish fry is a must, especially if you live in Fenton.

Fish and Main Dishes (4 of 5)

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

TASTE:  The fried cod I tasted was very good.  Delicious, flaky cod.  Best so far this year!  The baked tilapia looked good but I didn't taste it.  It looked like it had a butter lemon sauce on it.  I didn’t taste the  fried shrimp.

VALUE:  $8.50 for an adult plate which includes choice of Fried Cod or Baked Tilapia, 2 sides, choice of bread, drink, and dessert.  $9.00 for a 6-piece fried shrimp including the same sides, etc.  3 extra shrimp for $2.75, and and extra piece of cod for $2.  Childrens meals at $4.50-$5.00 include cod, shrimp, tilapia, or friend shrimp, along with grilled cheese for $2.50 and cheese pizza  squares for $1.50.  
CONDIMENTS:  Individual packets of ketchup, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. 

Side Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Cole Slaw, Mac and Cheese, Spaghetti, and French Fries.

TASTE:  All of the sides are homemade, according to one of the staff, except maybe the french fries.  The mac and cheese was delicious, and the spaghetti had a tangy, delicious sauce on it.  The coleslaw had the great, homemade taste to it.  The fries looked pretty standard.

VALUE:  Extra sides are $1.50, and the portions are very generous.

Beverages and Desserts  (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Tea, lemonade, water, and coffee were complimentary with dinner and served to you at your table.  That was a nice touch, plus they had bigger cups than most.  I didn't see soda or beer anywhere. 

DESSERTS:  The dessert table had a lot of options, mostly cakes when we were there.  I had some sort of chocolate cake deliciousness.  Yum!

Atmosphere and Extras  (3 of 5)

St. Paul's has that classic fish fry feel.  Held in the school gym and the food line past the concession stand area, the place was decorated for St. Patrick's day and lined with the children's artwork, which is always nice to see.  A nice lady was  tending to a quilt raffle table in the line portion.  She had some handmade quilts they were raffling for $5.  Another lady was taking orders in line filling out the tickets to help keep things moving.  It looked like the well-behaved children, adults, and seniors alike were all having a great time.  It was good to see our friends Randy and Cheryl out getting their fish fryday fix, too.

Signage, Flow, and Line  (4 of 5)

If you can't find your way to the St. Paul's fish fry, you simply aren't paying attention once you get close.  Signs starting out on Highway 141 point the way to this Fenton fish fry all the way up to the parking lot.  Once you get inside, they had giant handwritten menus to see along the way to the food.   The line seemed really to go a lot slower than it seemed it should have, but the wait wasn't too bad.  The line flowed right around the outside of the gym in a logical fashion to wind up near the seating area.

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Pat Aman - March 15th, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Next time, you may want to try the shrimp. I wait all year for this awesome shrimp. Fries were the "surprise" dish this week. The following week they had onion rings. Each week is different, thus, the surprise dish! Thank you for the great review. Hope to see you again.

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