St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne - 4/11/2014

by Nathan on June 30th, 2014

Overall (4 of 5)

Our visit to St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne was highly anticipated for a number of reasons.  I have read many reviews that they have the best cod in town.  Unfortunately for us, we live nowhere near SRPD.  Secondly, I found out Father Tom Wyrsch has been assigned to SRPD, and we go way back.  It was great to talk to him again.  The fish fry at SRPD is great.  If you haven't been, you need to make the trip up there.  While a little unconventional compared to the many others we have been to since this adventure started, the cod is excellent, so fill up on that and not the sides.  They sell the cod by the pound, and everything else ala carte instead of including everything in one price.  If you get a side, get the spaghetti, and maybe get a cup or bowl of the clam chowder, too.  Make sure to say "hi" to Father Tom and that you're visiting because of Fish Fryday Review!!

Fish and Main Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Baked or Fried Cod and Fried Shrimp.  Fried Cod is sold by the pound, not per dinner.
TASTE:  The fried cod fillet was soft and flaky and delicious.  I've been wanting to taste the fish at St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne for a while now, and it was definitely worth all the hype!  The baked cod was quite delicious as well.  I recommend both!

VALUE:  Fried Cod sold for $11 per pound, and sides are sold ala carte.  They also have an 8-piece fried shrimp dinner that goes for $8 and includes two sides.  Kid's meals include fried mac & cheese with fries for $3.50.  All dinners include 1 hush puppy....BONUS!

CONDIMENTS:  Small containers of ketchup, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, and butter are available at the end of line along with individual packets of salt, pepper, and lemon juice.  Love the small containers over the individual packets.

Side Dishes (3 of 5)

VARIETY:  Spaghetti, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, French Fries, and Hush Puppies (6).
TASTE:  I thought the spaghetti at SRPD was great, especially with grated parmesan cheese on top.  The cole slaw and green beans were pretty standard, as were the hush puppies, but standard hush puppies are ALWAYS good!

VALUE:  I felt that $1.50 per individual side dish was a little steep on top of $11 per pound of cod, plus beverages, plus desserts.  This is NOT an all-inclusive dinner, which may be attractive for many people.  It was the first "per-pound" fish fry we have been to so it was slightly unusual.

Beverages and Desserts (2 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  $2 Wine (Red or White), $1 canned soda (Coke products), iced tea, water, coffee.  Nothing special here, but wine is a nice option to have.

DESSERTS:  A nice mix of Pie ($1.25), Cake ($1), and Cookies/Brownies/Cupcakes ($0.50).  I did see some red velvet cupcakes and lots of desserts that cater to the chocoholics such as myself.  We decided to forgo the extra cost for dessert since we were going to another fish fry later.  The dessert table did look quite nice.  Very impressive!!

Atmosphere and Extras (3 of 5)

With the anticipation of visiting SRPD in North County, expectations were high.  The atmosphere of the fish fry was delightful.  People of all ages talking, smiling, eating, drinking, and having a good time.  The atmosphere was great.  Joe Eaton came over and talked to us for a little bit and took care of us while we were there.  Super nice guy.  Thanks Joe!  The staff was extremely friendly, and they were dressed in matching fish fry aprons.  I can't remember if Father Tom had one on as well.  If he didn't, somebody get him a matching apron!! 

Extras included clam chowder ($4 or $6) at a separate table.  Also, the format of the dinner was quite different than we are used to seeing.  Everything was sold separately, which isn't too kind on the wallet; however, make sure you take advantage of the cod sold by the pound.  Its by far the best part of the meal, and you might as well get you a healthy portion because you don't find cod that tasty too often.  Its top notch for sure.

Signage and Flow of Line (5 of 5)

Once we got directions to the correct church (GPS took us to a totally incorrect church), it was obvious where we were supposed to go because they have signs out on the street and above the entrance where you go in.  Once you enter, the line flows very nicely.  We were definitely the newbies since we were unfamiliar with the per-pound aspect of the fish fry.  I'm sure we were holding things up!  Regardless, the line kept moving, and there was no question where everything was located inside the room.  Signs everywhere told you what they had and how much it was.  Nicely done!!

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