Sunday, March 11, 2012
Blessed Sacrament: A new favorite
After last week's experience, we needed a fish fry to restore our faith in Friday fish frys, and Blessed Sacrament blew us away!
Visiting Blessed Sacrament was a first for us, so we didn't know what to expect. It was a little confusing at first what to do, so some signage in the hallway would be helpful. After we paid, and had our meal tickets in hand, we stood in line for a short wait for food. The wait was made even more pleasant with acoustic guitar to listen to, and some fun student projects hung up on the walls.
We handed our tickets through the window to the open kitchen (which was very clean) and headed into the Family Center to pick up our condiments and beverages. Unfortunately for our non-fish-eating companion, the kitchen ran out of pasta sauce just as we stepped up. Not a bad sign if they had more people to serve than expected. The condiments were abundant, with the exception of malt vinegar, which would be a great thing to consider adding.
The food was pleasantly better than we expected, to be honest, we were raving. The Icelandic Cod was firm and flavorful. The baked fish was savory without being over seasoned. The fried fish was delicious, with a crispy brown batter that was crunchy and not overpowering. I think it was the sides that blew us away. The french fries with skins on the end were crispy outside and soft inside. The baked potato was soft and creamy. The applesauce was sweet with a hint of cinnamon. The coleslaw was delicious, some of the best I've had. I don't think I can give an accurate review of the pasta dinner, since we didn't have it as it was intended, but with salad and a breadstick, it's a great alternative to fish.
This fish fry is not all-you-can-eat, but the portions were large, and we were all satisfied at the end of the meal. With desert to top it off, and a Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA (a strong favorite of ours) to wash it down, Blessed Sacrament is a top contender for our favorite fish fry this year. If you have time to make it here before lent is over, I highly recommend it. This meal rivals almost any fish and chips dinner I've had in a restaurant. Kudos.
2275 Diamond Avenue, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Arrival time: 6pm
Wait: 10 minutes
Parking: Large parking lot right in from of entrance
Cost: adult fish $8.00; adult pasta $6.00; children’s dinner (ages 4-12) $4.00; 3 and under are free
Tables: Long cafeteria-style