St. Mary Magdalen - Kingshighway

by Nathan on April 7th, 2014

Overall (4 of 5)

The fish fry at St. Mary Magdalen has a lot more to offer than its food menu.  While cod isn't on the menu, they have a delicious batter for its fried pollack and a selection of other fishes to eat.  The side dishes may not "wow" you, but they have toasted ravioli and crab rangoon to have if you so desire.  They compliment the food with a variety of music each week, and a special "favor" they offer each week ranging from green beer, to fortune cookies, to popcorn, to something different each week.  They also donate their proceeds to benefit one of their seminarians who is suffering an illness which I think is really great.  Great job to all at St. Mary Magdalen for going outside the box to make it an enjoyable fish fry for everyone.

Fish and Main Dishes (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Baked or Fried Pollock, Jack Salmon, Catfish Nuggets, or Fried Shrimp.  No Cod.
TASTE:  I tried the fried pollack which had a tasty breading.  The breading was heavy, and the pieces were more like nuggets than a filet.  It was good.  The fried shrimp was about on par with the average fried shrimp.  It was good, but nothing earth shattering.  I didn’t try the other options they offered. 

VALUE:  $8.50 for an adult fish dinner plate, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for a children’s plate, 12 and under.  Mac & Cheese or Spaghetti plates are $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, and $4.50 for children 12 and under.  All dinner plates come with bread, coleslaw, 2 sides, and 1 dessert.  $7 for just fish (2)

CONDIMENTS:  Tartar sauce in a giant bowl, ketchup squeezables, cocktail sauce pump, and a shaker of parmesan.

Side Dishes (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  Mac & Cheese, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Spaghetti, Green Beans, Hush Puppies.  They also offer  Toasted Raviolis, and Crab Rangoons  as a separate order.

TASTE:  The cole slaw was definitely homemade and had a very unique taste.  The green beans were tasty with some spices and onions added to the mix.  The spaghetti was good, made with a homemade sauce that you could smell outside as you walk past the hall.  The spaghetti was good.  Hush puppies were standard hush puppies that if you like hush puppies, then get them!  I’d recommend the spaghetti and the green beans, too.

VALUE:  Side portions were good-sized…not skimpy.  $0.75 for an extra side dish.  $1.50 for extra french fries.  Toasted Ravioli (6) and Crab Rangoons (6) are $4.00.

Beverages and Desserts (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES: Tea, Water, and Coffee were complimentary with dinner.  Unless the tea was green tea, it was very weak.  Coke, Diet Coke, or Sprite was sold for $1.00.

DESSERTS: The dessret table looked great.  They had a great variety of cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats.  They were lacking in the chocolate department, but I only say that because of my love for chocolate sweets.  I tasted a spice cake with yellow icing sprinkled with chocolate.  Yummy!!

Atmosphere and Extras (5 of 5)

Since this was our first of two fish frys of the day, we beat the rush.  The atmosphere is livened up each week with music and favors they provide which vary from week to week.  See the photos for the complete 2014 schedule.  Some weeks include Irish music, German music, jazz, Italian music, Old Tyme & Dance, and the favors include THROWED ROLLS, green beer, popcorn, life savers, and more.  This week the music is Jazz with the Ukes, and the favor is fortune cookies.  There was a kind gentleman walking around from table to table handing out fortune cookies and adding to the fellowship and atmosphere of the evening.  Also, Dolored Guittar was livening up the atmosphere with her talented piano playing for everyone to enjoy during dinner.  This is something I absolutely love, so this fish fry gets super-high bonus points for this. Way to Go!! 
Along with live music, they are also collecting groceries and toiletries by donation to give to St. Vincent de Paul, which has facilities across Kingshighway from the church.  This is great.  If you go to St. Mary Magdalen’s fish fry on Kingshighway, bring some non-perishable groceries or toiletries and place them in the bins they provide.
I also met some very nice ladies selling 50/50 tickets and homemade artwork raffle tickets ($0.50 apiece for raffle tickets, so they are very affordable.)
Last but not least, I found out on the way out from the nice raffle ladies that all of the proceeds from the fish fry are going to benefit one of the seminarians associated with the church who is suffering from an illness.  This might have been the one thing that has touched my heart the most this fish fry season is to see so many people coming together to help someone they love so much.  St. Mary Magdalen, you should be an inspiration to organizations everywhere for what you do and how you pull together.

Signage and Flow of Line (4 of 5)

I had been to St. Mary Magdalen in high school with the jazz band playing in the gym, so I had an idea of where to go, however, you could pretty much follow your nose, and the people walking in.  There was signage out on Kingshighway, but not too much signage pointing you in the direction of which door to walk in.  After you get inside, there were plenty of signs pointing out where things were, and what they had to offer.  Flow was great, nothing too complicated. 

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