205 Carrier N.E., near Leonard and Plainfield
held in the school gym
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Dates of visits: February 8 (take out), February 29 (eat-in)
Parking: parking lot or on street; somewhat challenging
Cost: $7.75 for adults
Wait: 15 minutes at around 6:15 p.m. for eating there; no wait for take out
Tables: had to sit at one of those annoying lunch tables with the seats attached, but the 8 of us were able to sit together
Gambling opportunities: 50/50 raffle
- wonderful walleye
- baked potatoes
- cudos for using reusable plates and cutlery
- Coca Cola products (instead of the mystery fluids often served at these things)
- servers' cool fish hats
Both the baked and fried fish were exceptional, with the baked ranked just a tad higher than the fried. Seemed the sweetness of the fish came through more with the baked. Reports are that the french fries were great, and I had no complaint with my baked potato; it was moist and thoroughly cooked.
We were able to enjoy the beverages we brought, but it wasn't as easy to pour them into cups as it was at St. Izzy's. Plus, the cups were those very flimsy paper ones. Environmentally more sound but not as sturdy as the guilt-inducing styrofoam. One of our party shared with us that a church in Caledonia has a keg at their fish dinner; we'll have to add that to the list for next year.
St. Al's school, as well as St. Isadore's, will close at the end of this school year. They and some other Catholic schools are consolidating, and a new school will be established at the current Blessed Sacrament school (which will be our final destination this year, since they serve on Good Friday). Artwork containing the theme of the school closing decorated the walls near where we sat. Some was rather poignant. It was nice, but no competition for the eyes of Jesus.
Cole slaw was available as a side dish, as were rolls. They were okay, but nothing to write home about. I was told that the desserts--mostly cakes and brownies--were good.
Would we return? Definitely. Walleye! Need I say more?
Area for improvement: cole slaw