Little Flower - 3/20/2015

by Nathan on March 26th, 2015

Overall (4 of 5)

For our second time at Little Flower, we were not disappointed yet again.  I had one of the best overall meals of the 2015 fish fry tour at Little Flower.  The salmon is amazing, the cole slaw was deliciously unique, and the mac and cheese was dynamite.  Throw a delicious roll and a chocolate chip cookie in there and you’ve got yourself a great dinner.  Make sure to get there early as they ran out of salmon at one point of the night.  This is most likely because they don’t’ have fish frys every Friday in Lent like some churches do.  There are some great and delicious options besides dinner to sample such as nachos, pretzels, spinach-artichoke dip, and of course the famous fried mac & cheese balls.  Just try not to spoil your dinner by eating too many of them in line.  We love this fish fry and will try to visit as often as we can.  Keep up the good work, and keep using that sauce recipe.  Love it!!

Fish and Main Dishes (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  Fried Cod or Grilled Salmon.  Not very many options, relatively speaking.

TASTE:  If you don’t get the salmon, you will regret it.  If you don’t like salmon or sort of don’t like it, still get it.  The salmon does not taste fishy at all, and the sauce they put on top of it I could drink out of a cup it is so good!  The fried cod was good, but it was very salty.

VALUE:  $9 for a salmon meal, $8 for a 2-piece fried cod meal, and $6 for a one-piece fried cod meal.  The meal includes 2 sides, a roll, and dessert.
CONDIMENTS:  Squeezable bottles of ketchup, tartar sauce, and sriracha sauce.  Butter tubs also available.

Side Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Fried Mac & Cheeseballs French Fries, and Applesauce.

TASTE:  The cole saw was excellent.  I need the recipe it was so good.  Vinegar based, it was full of flavor.  The mac & cheese balls are the same that they hand out in line while you wait.  DELICIOUS!  The mac & cheese is also very good.  The green beans were average.  Didn’t get a taste of the applesauce or french fries.

VALUE:  Generous portions.  Not sure how much extra sides cost.

Beverages and Desserts (4 of 5)

BEVERAGES: They have an actual bar area in the cafeteria.  The selection of soda includes Coke, Diet Coke, 7up, and Dr. Pepper for $1.  Bottled Water is also $1.  Bud, Bud Light, and Bud Select are available for $2 per ca.  They had Urban Chestnut Zwickel on tap for $3 per glass, which is a deal.  They also have a selection of red and white wines for $3 per glass.  I was surprised that no beverages were included with dinner.  Maybe we just missed them.

DESSERTS: The dessert table wasn’t enormous with unending choices like some fish frys, but they did have a nice selection of chocolatey desserts.  The cookie I had was good.

Atmosphere and Extras (5 of 5)

This was our second time to Little Flower.  The atmosphere there is fantastic, which is a result of all of the extras they have going during the fish fry.  They had the NCAA basketball game on TV, they have a two-person team handing out homemade fried mac & cheese balls in line while you wait, and the girl scouts were selling appetizers/snack for $2 (nachos, pretzel w/ cheese, or spinach artichoke dip.  Tables were being bussed quickly and the place seems to be kept very clean.  Great fish fry atmosphere.  The only problem is the limited space of the room.  The cafeteria isn’t huge, but maybe that keeps this as one of the best kept secrets on the fish fry tour!

Signage, Flow, and Line (3 of 5)

I didn’t pay too much attention to the signage outside the fish fry, so there could have been some indicating to passers-by about the fish fry.  The line started outside the front of the school, which didn’t allow for too many people in line without waiting outside.  It was a little chilly.  Once we made it through the line to pay, the line was wrapped around 3 sides of the gymnasium, and it moved slowly compared to other fish fry lines I’ve waited in.  The fantastic atmosphere and things happening help distract you from the waiting part.  I felt like there could have been more signage indicating the menu, but I suppose the only place the menu is needed is at the cashier.  There was also a menu right before you are served.  I also feel like there could have been other signs hung high up to see across the room for the beverages, desserts, and the girl scouts, but we were able to find our way just fine.  The flow of the line was fine, it just moved very slowly. 

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