Thank you, anonymous, for providing the heads up regarding Blessed Sacrament's fish fry. As confirmed by phone, they're not having a fish fry this Friday. They did have a fish fry last year on Good Friday, but felt they didn't have the volume to justify the effort to do it this year. Consequently, the Lenten fishing season at Grand Rapids area Catholic parishes is over.
And quite frankly, the novelty for us wore off. While we enjoyed the various fish fries, partaking in the communities, hedging our bets with the 50/50 raffles, and smuggling in our beer, there are other things to do in Grand Rapids on a Friday evening. Maybe we should consider refocusing this blog to other fish to fry and explore inexpensive or no-cost things to do in the area. Any thoughts?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
733 Bridge St., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Date and time of visit: April 8, around 6 p.m.
Parking: lot adjacent, also on Bridge Street
Accessibility: no stairs
Cost: $8.50, adults; $6.50, seniors (60 and older); $4.50, kids 5-12; under 4, free
Wait: about 10-15 minutes
Tables: round tables
Gambling opportunities: 50/50 raffle. None of us won, even though we bought tickets. Raffle winners were not announced.
|Note the divided plate|
It had been a few weeks since your faithful correspondents gathered together to attend a fish fry (although one did enjoy a delicious halibut fish taco while in San Diego, at a great restaurant/nightclub named Revolver on 5th Street). We ended up having seven at the gathering on April 8, including a fish fry noviate.
|Loading up at St. James|
St. James runs a reliable operation. Both the fried and baked are equally tasty, and having the option of new potatoes (alas, not red skins this year) was nice. Fries, mac and cheese, and cole slaw (of course) rounded out the offerings. Desserts were available for an extra charge. We poured Founder's Dirty Bastard for those who wished to imbide.
|Several carbohydrate options |
Earlier this year we were told that some churches hired caterers to run their fish fries. No doubt the parishes, like other volunteer organizations, are running short on finding people to donate time. We hadn't run into this before, but it was apparent that St. James joined this trend because the kitchen staff were wearing garb with the name of a caterer. It happens.
As to this week's destination -- well, there isn't one. Your correspondents are opting to attend Art Downtown instead. But look for us at Blessed Sacrament on Good Friday, the 22nd.
Posted by Valeria at 6:42 PM