Fish Type: Cod (AYCE) Price: $12.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: Reviewing a Fish Fry at a Catholic church is an intriguing prospect for me. I was raised Lutheran and while I don't actively go to church anymore I don't disparage those who do practice their religion. I was never really "good" at Sunday School so for me it's all just became a part of the bigger picture. It's not a focus in my life and when a parochial school has a Fish Fry fundraiser I figure it's okay to have a little fun with it...apparently others don't agree and take offense to some of my wordplay and puns so I'll try and tone it down this time around. These reviews are supposed to be informative first and foremost and I'll do my best not to offend anyone since I really don't want to catch hell like I did the last time (OK I'll stop there, I promise).
The Fish Fry at St. Pete's is still one of the best AYCEs around (when it's offered - see their website for details) and I like to get over there once during Lent every year if I can. Your $12 experience usually begins with a line of people out the door, and some cheap beers while you wait in the hallway. Don't be discouraged though, the line moves quickly and once you reach the end (the basement) you are seated and eat immediately. Everything in the basement is served family style (including the seating) so get ready for some fellowship with strangers.
Everything basically hits the table at once, shepherded by students from the school. Any good Christian knows the drill - grab some fish and pass it to your neighbor, grab some fries and do the same. The fish is good, although a bit of a mixed bag. Since there are thin cuts and thick cuts entering the fryer at the same time, the thin pieces have a tendency to get over-fried. The move here is to stick to the thicker pieces if you have the option as those have a tendency to remain juicier. While the breading seemed to have less seasoning than that in our memory, it still held strong to the meat and harbored no grease.
St. Pete's used to go straight crinkle fry, but the game has changed since last we communed. The new fries are a testament to their willingness to adapt to the times and feature a big battered crunch. Once the bowl is drained the kids keep 'em coming and I must have eaten 80 of the sticks if not more.
The tartar on the table is still a little thin and lacks punch, but still slathers the heck out of those cod loins. Some finely-chopped coleslaw had a basic vinegar base and a pleasant pop. It was a great addition and a nice departure from the creamy concoction we remember. Oh yeah, there is corn too...bonus! Rounding things out are some factory white bread slices which are nothing fancy, but thank the Lord are still there, and milk or coffee for those who want something other than cheap beer.
If there is one thing I remember from the Sundays of my youth (aside from the Packers stinking) it was the whole forgiveness of sins part. We all make mistakes and it's up to us to make things right and I hope I've done that to some extent. Like I say, the whole goal of these reviews is to share information about amazing Fish Frys and St. Pete's has one of the best around. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think they rise to the occasion each end every time.
7129 Highway K
Middleton, WI 53562