St. Ferdinand - 4/11/2014

by Nathan on February 16th, 2015

Overall (2 of 5)

Before going to St. Ferdinand I was very excited to see what all the hype was all about since they are known to have some of the best cod in town, and I heard they've been doing a fish fry every Friday now for decades.  While the location is tucked in a neighborhood, ample parking for everyone, the atmosphere of that good classic fish fry was missing from what I'm used to.  The fish selections are great, and the cod tastes fantastic.  The fried cod definitely lives up to all the hype.  The layout and method of serving and selling of food is quite different than I'm used to, however, the room was full, so they are doing something right!  If you're looking for a place to stop in and pick up food for the family or a party on your way home, this is the perfect place to go.  If you're looking for a fun evening with stuff to do for the kids and an evening of fellowship, I might try another fish fry.  Great cod, though!  Its worth a visit if you're doing the fish fry "tour," as its been called.

Fish and Main Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried Cod, Baked Cod, Fried Cajun Catfish, Fried Regular Catfish, Fried Shrimp
TASTE:  I tried the fried cod and it was white, fluffy, and flaky.  Definitely top notch cod. 

VALUE:  Fish is sold by the pound a la carte.  $11.50 per pound for fried cod, baked cod, fried cajun catfish, and fried regular catfish.  $10 per pound for broken ends of fish.  $1 per piece of fried shrimp.  Bread cost $0.20 per slice.

CONDIMENTS:  Individual small containers of ketchup, tartar sauce, and parmesan cheese for $0.30 each.

Side Dishes (2 of 5)

VARIETY:  Spaghetti, Cabbage Slaw, French Fries, and Regular or Jalapeno Hush Puppies

TASTE:  All sides tasted average.  Nothing too special in this department, but this could be because I seemed to get the scraping off the bottom of the pan for each the spaghetti and the cole slaw.

VALUE:  Sides are sold a la carte in bulk.  $1.75 per serving, $3.25 per pint, and $4.75 per quart.

Beverages and Desserts (2 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Water is complimentary with dinner.  They have Coke products, coffee, milk, or iced tea for $1 for 12 oz., $1.50 for a 16 oz. and $2.25 for a 32 oz.  Beer choices include Busch and Bud Light for $2 per 12 oz., $2.50 for a 16 oz. and $4 for a 32 oz.

DESSERTS: The desserts were displayed on the counter that you could look at while standing in line.  The selection wasn’t very abundant, but they do offer baked apples, ice cream, and ice cream floats.  We didn’t elect to have a dessert since it was our second fish fry and the selection wasn’t to our taste.  See the photos section for the pricing on desserts.

Atmosphere and Extras (2 of 5)

The walk into the fish fry was the best part of the atmosphere with the various ribbons and decorations in the foyer.  Once we entered the cafeteria it seemed like chaos.  It was our first time here and we weren’t sure where the line started.  It definitely seemed like everyone else knew what was up, though.  Once we found our table we realized we were sitting under a vent which was quite cold and very strong to just be a vent.  Low marks on the atmosphere because there wasn’t much going on here except people eating fish or people ordering in bulk and taking it home.  The people serving the food were very young and sat there and mindlessly stirred the food and seemed to care little about the overall operation of the fish fry.  This took away from the experience for me.  Its a far stretch from a tight team with matching aprons working like a well oiled machine that I've seen at other places.

Signage and Flow of Line (1 of 5)

Hopefully you know where you’re going when you get to St. Ferdinand because other than following the flow of people in and out of one entrance, it wasn’t perfectly clear which way to go.  Once we followed our nose into the cafeteria, we noticed that the line was rectangular with 3 registers and no signs.  We were thoroughly confused and just sort of stumbled into the correct place in line after asking a few people who were waiting what the story was.  The line also moved pretty slowly.  It seemed to us that since St. Ferdinand does a fish fry every Friday they would have this figured out by now. 

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