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Fish Frys

3Bros Feb 15, 2013 09:09 AM

Well, Lent is here. And you know what that means. Fried fish. While I'm not exactly a practicing Catholic, it still gives me the excuse to eat fried goodness of Fridays. So, throwin this out there, where is your favorite spot for a good fish fry? Restaurants, churches, events, all suggestions welcome. I love Anchor, but that place is mental on Friday nights, even when it isn't Lent. Thanks for your recs!

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    bkmnus RE: 3Bros Feb 15, 2013 09:26 AM

    Anchor does rate high, but practicing Catholics may want to avoid it as they fry in beef tallow.

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      jeff55432 RE: bkmnus Feb 16, 2013 11:48 AM

      Ward 6 in St. Paul has far superior fried fish than Anchor IMHO.

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        Db Cooper RE: jeff55432 Feb 18, 2013 09:25 AM

        I love Ward 6, but I have to disagree. I had it last week and it was a mess. The breading was soggy on the inside, almost wet. It had no crisp bite whatsoever. Also, it did not stick to the fish at all. Just the back of the fork caused it to fall off and apart. All it all, I would have rather just had the fish w/o the breading as it had good flavor, texture, and taste. The fries were excellent as they always are there. Not sure what the issue was, but seemed to me oil may not have been hot enough or they forgot to possibly dip the fish in flour before the wet batter. It was later and the head chef had already gone home for the day.

        BTW: The Ward 6 Reuben can join the conversation as the Twin Cities best. Love their corned beef.

    2. ibew292 RE: 3Bros Feb 15, 2013 09:59 AM

      I would be interested in NON-Church events

      1. MplsM ary RE: 3Bros Feb 15, 2013 10:00 AM

        Here's the church dinner list:

        1. splatgirl RE: 3Bros Feb 15, 2013 10:21 AM

          How about American Legion or VFW? I pretty much only ever know about them if I happen to drive by and see the sign. The web was not helpful in this genre, unfortunately, but you could call.

          From an old news link:
          "Two more good resources for the Friday fish fry (sometimes just for Lent, sometimes year-round) are veteran’s organizations. American Legion Clubs that offer a fish fry include Posts in Excelsior, Chanhassen, New Brighton, and Wayzata. (For a full list of Posts in the state along with contact information, check the American Legions of Minnesota.) The second organization that can provide info on club fish fries is the VFW."

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            AmyMo RE: splatgirl Feb 18, 2013 06:46 AM

            VFW in South St. Paul is magnificent!

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            shoo bee doo RE: 3Bros Feb 15, 2013 11:42 AM

            Here's a list and links from the Pioneer Press.


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              KTFoley RE: 3Bros Feb 15, 2013 11:45 AM

              Stephanie March did a round-up this morning:


              St. Albert the Great is my favorite because it's BYOB. That, and the bingo, raffles, strolling musicians, outgoing clergy, efficient setup, dessert table, & spaghetti on the side.

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                The Dairy Queen RE: KTFoley Mar 7, 2013 08:02 AM

                That is an awesome list!


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                  KTFoley RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 7, 2013 08:50 AM

                  We tried St. Alberts last week, and they ran out of fish. We took my bingo winnings over to Merlins' Rest where they serve fish & chips in both Yankee and British styles. These are their descriptors, not mine, but British style arrives with the fish and fries wrapped in the same paper so the malt, salt & pepper steams into the potatoes as well as the fish. The pepper is more of an idea than a presence. The Yankee style is not wrapped, and I assume it is a little more crispy.

                  St. Albert's is serving tilapia; Merlin's Rest is serving pollack.

                  Both places do it up right with their respective vibes -- cheerful volunteers & raffles in one, cheerful kilt-wearers & bagpipes at the other.

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                harleyjt RE: 3Bros Feb 15, 2013 12:41 PM

                Obbs....the best Highway 61 and Burns

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                  Db Cooper RE: harleyjt Feb 15, 2013 01:25 PM

                  On the East Side at least, harleyjt is right. Obbs is without peer. If the lines there are too long, you can consider Tin Cups on Rice Street which also does a good job and usually doesn't have the two hour waits.

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                    ssioff RE: harleyjt Feb 16, 2013 08:53 PM

                    +1 Obb's

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                    EBetsyMeyer RE: 3Bros Feb 17, 2013 03:58 PM

                    Have you tried Red Stag Supper Club? Very good fish fry and excellent ambiance!

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                      jpetmpls RE: 3Bros Feb 18, 2013 11:02 AM

                      The Local is doing 2 for 1 on their Fish Bites appetizer every Friday during Lent from 2pm to 1am. Freshly battered and at $5.99 during HH, it's a pretty good deal.

                      1. ibew292 RE: 3Bros Feb 18, 2013 03:41 PM

                        B-Dale Club Bar & Grill
                        2100 North Dale St
                        Roseville, MN 55113
                        Sounds like a great fish fry........

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