St. Alban Roe - 3/5/2014

by Nathan on March 20th, 2014

Overall (3 of 5)

St. Alban's fish fry is one that's not too close to where I live, so it was a little trek getting out there.  It was nice to see the fish fry fellowship out in Wildwood, too.  Signage getting into the fish fry was a little scarce, but pointed you where you needed to go once you got inside.  If you're looking for top notch cod, you might try another fish fry, but St. Alban's has plenty of sides and a lot of delicious and creative desserts to offer.  They also have a few menu items that most other fish frys do not offer, such as nachos, kettle corn, and hush puppies.  They are also selling cook books for those that know their way around the kitchen or for those who are looking for a great gift for someone. 

Fish and Main Dishes (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried or Baked Cod and Pizza for the kids or non-fish eaters.  Not a whole lot of variety.

TASTE:  The cod seemed hand-breaded, but was a little chewy to me, which was a new sensation.  It looked delicious, but didn't taste quite as good as it looked.  I probably just got a couple touch pieces.

VALUE:  $9 for a 2-piece cod dinner, $7 for a 1-piece, or $6 for 2 slices of pizza.  Each meal inclues french fries or hushpuppies, green beans, cole slaw, bread, a drink, and dessert.
 
CONDIMENTS:  Tartar sauce, ketchup, cocktail sauce, and I can't remember if there were any others.  My photos seem to have been deleted somehow, somewhere.
 

Side Dishes (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Hushpuppies, French Fries, Green Beans, and Cole Slaw

TASTE:  I was very excited for the hush puppies, however, they were out when I went through line.  Big disappointment.  I guess they are good!  The green beans are very oniony, which I liked.  The cole slaw was standard, as were the french fries.

VALUE:  Sides weren't listed per extra portion, but they do sell the Fries, Hush Puppies, and Cole Slaw in Bulk for $5, $5, and $2 (per pound?) respectively.
 

Beverages and Desserts (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Water, Tea, Lemonade, Coffee, and Lemon-Lime Gatorade (I think).  The gatorade seemed to be made from powder and was a neon yellow color.  I'd stick with the tea, lemonade, water, or coffee.  They had draft beer on tap, and a selection of wines, which looked very good since I abstain from alcohol during Lent.  Unfortunately I don't have a price for beer or wine for you.  Probably in the $3 - $5 range.

DESSERTS:  The dessert table looked fabulous.  There were many options to choose from, but the item that stuck out for me were the ice cream cone cupcakes.  So clever, so cute, and I'm kicking myself for not having the photo of them that I took.  Great job on desserts!
 

Atmosphere and Extras (4 of 5)

The St. Alban's fish fry had the classic, crowded, noisy fish fry feel to it.  It was great.  everyone was friendly, and it seemed people were hanging around at their tables after they were finished eating to enjoy the fellowship of the fish fry, which is one key item that I believe must be present for a very successful fish fry.

They had Ladys Auxilliary cook books for sale for $20, which you could pay for with your meal when ordering.  They DO take credit cards, too.

The menu had a few bonus items that caught my eye, however, I didn't order any of them.  They offer nachos (Eat-in only), kettle corn, and pizza by the slice.  The nachos seemed to come in the plastic container in which the cheese bowl was built-in.
 

Signage and Flow of Line (4 of 5)

The church is easy to see from the road, however, if you've never been to this fish fry before, you might not know exactly where the fish fry is.  Not too many signs in the parking lot directing you to the correct door.  I found it OK, but the other Man of Cod, Aaron, went on a little adventure before finding the correct door.

Once you get inside and the fantastic smell of fried fish invites you in, you'll have no trouble knowing where all the stations, etc. are in the fish fry.  They had giant signs over the dessert table, beverages, etc.  Everything was easy to find.  Great signage inside.  You might consider adding a few outside, but that's just according to my friend. 

The line was long, but moved at a decent pace.  The other areas of the fish fry following along in suit so everyone just basically made a circle around the room.  It was well laid out once you paid and stood in line.


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Brian - March 22nd, 2014 at 12:29 PM
I thought the cod baked and fried was delicious. Yes those hush puppies went fast, so you need to get there early. Last week they tried onion rings and they were awesome. I understand that the onion rings will be back along with the kid favorite mozzarella sticks. So if you missed this one put it on your list. There are only 2 left this Friday March 28 and April 11.

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