Wednesday, March 3, 2010
1120 4 Mile, N.E.
Grand Rapids 49525
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Date of visit: March 5
Parking: ample, church and school parking lot available
Wait: About 5 minutes around 5:30; longer between 5:30 and 6.
Tables: round tables with chairs
No gambling opportunities
great onion rings (but you had to get there early)
baked was exceptionally tasty, fried nothing to complain about
The dining room at St. Jude's was probably the most pleasant we've had the opportunity to enjoy. The late afternoon sun streamed through the west facing windows, unlike the usual window-less gymnasiums where most of the FFs are held. Although usually it doesn't matter because usually it's cloudy. But this Friday was one of those rare, celebrated sunny days.
While the attendants didn't have snappy aprons like the folks at Blessed Sacrament, or the fabulous fish hats at St. Al's, they were friendly and plentiful. We were asked often if we needed more coffee when the "coffee" (some leftover brews from the previous week and a nice spiced pumpkin ale) in our styrofoam cups was running low.
Those of us who arrived on the early side were able to enjoy onion rings reminiscent of the great ones Mr. Fables served. They were a bit too greasy; onion rings are a delicate balancing act. The latecomers had to settle for french fries. Rolls, cole slaw, and tiny (but probably right-sized) desserts rounded out the menu.
It was appropriate that we went to St. Jude's the week after Blessed Sacrament, because both are part of All Saint's Academy. St. Jude's houses the middle school grades.
Would we return? Most certainly.