St. Joan of Arc - 3/13/2015

by Aaron on March 26th, 2015

​Overall (4 of 5)

This was our second trip to the St. Joan of Arc fry, but our first visit as the Men of Cod. This visit proved better than out last. This is a fry that has seen marked improvement in overall quality and variety of food since our first visit four years ago.  If you're in the area, stop by. The folks are friendly, and time in the line passes quickly, we promise.  Make sure to get a taste of the broccoli parmesan and the irish potatoes.  Two of the best sides we've tasted at any fish fry.  The food dominiated the overall experience at St. Joan of Arc.  Delicious stuff.  Watch out for that line of people, though!

​Fish and Main Dishes (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  $8.00 for an adult plate of fried cod, jack salmon, popcorn shrimp, or catfish nuggets; $8.50 for baked cod. The adult plate includes a large piece of fish along with 2 sides and 2 slices of bread. Sodas and coffee are $0.50 and beer is just $2.00. Beer selection is limited, and coke products are available. Check out the full menu in the photos below. 

TASTE:  We tried the fried cod and catfish nuggets, which were both great. The portions of catfish nuggets and popcorn shrimp were healthy.

CONDIMENTS:  Many condiments were available from a variety of containers served by spoon. A plus. The tartar sauce was amazing. 
 

Side Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Mac n' Cheese, Spaghetti, Irish Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Broccoli Parmesan, Apple Sauce, French Fries. 

TASTE:  We tried the Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Spaghetti, Broccoli, & Slaw. Last week's green beans rocked our world (it is hard to top sautéed green beans); this week, though, we were impressed by the texture and flavor of the green beans. These too will be hard to beat! You can't go wrong with the spaghetti, either. It was top-notch. The Mac & Cheese and Slaw were average.  Last but not least, there is the broccoli parmesan.  If you're luck enough to go through line before they are sold out, you'd better order that.  Its dynamite.

VALUE:  Hearty portions. Extra sides are $3.00/16 oz and $6.00/32 oz.  We ordered an extra side and weren't charged for it.... we're not sure if they are set up for selling an extra single serving of a side dish. 
 

Beverages and Desserts (4 of 5)

BEVERAGES:  Coffee & soda: $0.50, beer $2.00, wine $3.00. Beer and wine sold in the line. Plus. 

DESSERTS:  A decent selection for $0.50 each. Ice cream! $1.50 
 

​Atmosphere and Extras (3 of 5)

​The cafeteria was decorated nicely, matching table cloths. There is a quilt raffle and the option to sign up as a bone marrow donor.  The youth did a nice job keeping the tables bussed and the cafeteria neat and tidy.
 

​Signage and Flow of Line (2 of 5)

The signage outside was a little lacking, aside from a giant sign on Hampton.  The church is easy to find, but there are few signs directing folks to the cafeteria. We knew because we had been before, but it isn't obvious if you enter the side door by the gym.  One deterrent we found was the giant line cutting the room in half.

The line, while long, flowed nicely, however, the line cuts the room in half, making it difficult to navigate throughout the room without negotiating around or through the line of people.  There are two serving lines - one for carry out and one for dine-in.  When the carry out line is empty, dine-in customers may use the carry out line.  This would be less intrusive if it wrapped around the perimeter of the room.


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