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Friday Fish Fry - where is the best one?

I loive in South Saint Paul, and the local VFW has a fish fry every Friday during lent. The problem is that it is ATROCIOUS. I went there last year, and the fare was simply dreadful.

Where can I find a fish fry that is worthy of checking out?

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    1. Go to Obbs. Plan on a long wait. Eat. Thank me tomorrow.


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      1. re: Db Cooper

        Can't say I've tried them, but here is an listing from the Pioneer Press:


      2. St. John Vienney in SSP has a Knight's fish fry that is pretty good. I'd go earlier in the evening though but the times we've been there they haven't disappointed. Otherwise I've heard good reviews of Dick's Bar in Hudson and the Hudson KC's Fish Fry at St. Pat's as well.

        I just saw this posted: http://thecatholicspirit.com/holy-day...

        1. I'd like to offer another take on the South St. Paul VFW Fish Fry , because I love it.

          As much for the taste as for the price and nostolgia. The men and ladies come in two days prior to start the made from scratch tarter sauce, baked beans, and cole slaw. One day prior the frozen fish is thawed in milk vats to make it tender and sweet. And the potatoes are peeled, cut and nursed in butter and parley. Same day everything comes together. The fish is lightly coated and fried for a nice crisp crust. The mac and cheese is cooked (note:-la dente it is not). The sides are plenty. Including hand cut crispy carrots and celery. There is no dessert, which is the only thing that could give cause for criticism, in my humble opinion.

          After the fry is done, The Greatest Generation gathers at the bar, tired, some exhausted, yet happy for their efforts, as all profits are donated back to various local non profits, primarily school arts and sports. I like to treat a few of them to a drink of their choice, which is usually blackberry brandy. Just one, mind you.....

          p.s. An added bonus is the old-fashioned Meat Raffle. The local merchants are very generous, and it seems like one out of three goes home with an Easter ham or some other kind of meat.

          1. Try St. Pascal's...long East-side tradition--they have one every Friday, 4:30-7:00 pm. Don't be alarmed by the packed parking lot & long line when you get there--they have been doing this for years & are pros, it's quicker than it looks...10 bucks & you get your choice of fried or baked (both are righteous!) Also, creamy mac & cheese, spuds, veg & dessert.
            The fried fish is NOT greasy, which I find so many places this time of year.
            Obbs is great as well!

            1. Went to St. Matthew's fish fry last night on the West Side of St. Paul. Fish was wonderful: cornmeal batter, not greasy at all and plenty hot. Plate is served with baked potato and corn with cole slaw (tasted like some shredded apple was included) at the condiment bar for potato fixings and tartar sauce.

              St. Matthew's does serve beer as well. Saw large, non-descript wine bottles too but did not inquire about price per glass.

              Everyone gets tickets for desert which last night were ice cream sandwiches. All of us were very pleased.

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              1. re: NordeastB

                Ah, we love St. Matt's. Haven't been in a couple of years. Glad it's still good. They've offered a baked fish option, too.


                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  The school is closing at the end of the term. Not sure if the parish is being consolidated as well.

                  1. re: NordeastB

                    Oh dear, I hadn't heard that. I'd better look into that.


              2. was at Obbs Burns and 61
                I have been in the restaraunt business for 30+years It was GREAT starts at 3:30 packed by 5PM will have
                to wait, re-orders out to the table in less than 5minutes every piece of fish as good as the next. WOW they must have some great Pitco fryers....

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                1. re: harleyjt

                  They do the Friday Fish Fry better than anyone. Your experience is similar to almost everyone I know who's eaten it. The only people I've heard upset are usually the folks who show up at 6:30pm and have to wait a couple of hours for a table.