lenten fish fries pittsburgh
I'm working on a documentary project about local fish frys and was looking for suggestions, specifically for non-restaurant fries.
I know the Diocese of Pittsburgh always puts out a list of local parish frys, but I'm looking for personal recommendations- where's the best food? the best atmosphere? the longest running? the most neighborhood-y? do you know folks who work there? have they been doing it forever?
I'm sure you get the general idea. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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Been to two so far, St. Abigail's in Castle Shannon and St. Bernard's in Mt. Lebo. I prefer St. Bernards. Bigger pieces of breaded fish, not overcooked nor greasy. And open till 7:30, which is later than some others. But they were out of cole slaw last Friday (got there about 6:50). It's a bit of a zoo in there - probably 15-18 volunteers in the kitchen, at least 100 folks dining in, plus a lot of take out orders.
Check out the story on Pop City about fish fries. They mention a group who have formed a fish fry club.
I can vouch for both St. Joan of Arc and St. Val's. Good fish and service. Last week we tried St. Mary's in Cecil. Long wait, but it was worth it. Their fries ranked near the best I ever tasted. They have a little extra crunch in the coating. After St. Mary's, I would say the fries at Billy's Bistro, Troy Hill, rank a close second.
My fellow diners at St. Mary's all enjoyed their meals. We had crab cakes, fish and scallops.
And most importantly, I did not end up with an upset stomach following our meal at St. Mary's. The grease usually gets to me!
Definitely worth a return trip.
My favorite for service is St. Joan of Arc's in South Park. The service crew are all older people all spiffied up in formal black and white. They do quite the business. Their fish is breaded though, which many parishes seem to do, but I prefer battered and fried, which is why my favorite for the fish itself is St. Valentine's in Bethel Park. I like their servers, too. All kids 10ish and up. I think that they have a pretty varied menu as well. http://www.stvals.org/2010FishFrymenu...