Tuesday, March 22, 2011
|Serving it up at St. Isidore's|
625 Spring, N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Date and time of visit: March 17, around 6 p.m.
Parking: lot adjacent to gym where the "fry" is held
Accessibility: no stairs
Cost: $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6; kids 4-11, $5; under 3, free; desserts extra (donation jar)
Wait: About 10-15 minutes
Tables: banquet tables with chairs
Gambling opportunities: 50/50 raffle, also raffle for free fish fry tickets. Even though we were there until past 7 p.m., raffle winners were not announced. A bit disappointing because we actually bought some tickets this time.
|The St. Isidore meal|
We always look forward to going to St. Isidore's as their macaroni and cheese has been exceptional. Maybe it's due to your correspondent having the best M&C in the state the previous weekend (from the Union Grill in Clarkston), because this year's M&C at St. Izzy was wanting. We even got seconds to sample a different batch, but it too seem underdone. It wasn't awful, but not memorable. Advice to the chefs at St. Isidore: make sure the M&C spends enough time in the oven so it develops that lovely crust on top.
But it's really about the fish. At St. Isidore's this year, the fried fish was hands down better than their baked. The baked fish was bland, totally void of any seasoning, but maybe that's why some people prefer it because they want something that tastes like nothing. However, the fried fish was quite good, although it didn't quite make up for the stale rolls and so-so French fries. We brought some of Short's Brewery Huma-Lupa-Licious beer which went nicely with our meal, so all was not lost.