Friday, April 6, 2012

Until next year

Well faithful readers, we've made it through another year of fish frys, luckily without
enhancing our waistlines. We are taking Good Friday off to spend time with family,
so if you want to find a fish fry to visit today, you're on your own. We've had a lot of
fun visiting new churches, we've eaten a lot of great fish, and we've met some great
people. And even though we may have ruffled a few feathers, we hope our commentary
was informative, useful, or at least entertaining.

So this is goodbye, until next lent. Cheers fellow fish lovers!

St. James

Last Friday we visited an old stand-by, the west side parish St. James. The first thing we
noticed was the catering truck in the parking lot. Unlike most volunteer-run frys, James
sources theirs out to the professionals.

We arrived at out destination around 6pm and were met with a manageable wait of 15 to 20
minutes. We had a large group but upon entering the gymateria comprised of round table
with chairs, we were able to acquire an entire table for ourselves with out much hassle.

After paying an entry fee of $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for Children one is met with plates,
trays and a two-sided buffet line. St. James does a great job of providing ample sides and
good fish. Not only are the staples of coleslaw, macaroni and cheese and french fries available
but they go the extra mile to provide garlic butter texas toast, applesauce and delicious red
skin potatoes.

The Pollock served is quite delicious if not to the level of this years favorites Blessed Sacrament
and St. Alphonsus. I’m quite sure the fried was the favorite or our group but the baked was
a nice alternative and prepared well. By the time we were ready for seconds on fish the fry
was winding down and there was not a lot left, but generally the fish is abundant and sides
perpetually stocked at this well-oiled fish fry.

We enjoyed Breckenridge brewery’s Amber Ale with our meal and it paired very nicely.
As always there is a dessert table, this one being donation based, and the obligatory 50/50 raffle
for those wishing to gamble.

St. James Catholic Church
733 Bridge Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Arrival time: 6pm
Wait: 10-15 minutes
Parking: Large parking lot
Cost: $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60 and over),  children 5-12 $4.50, 4 and under FREE.
Take-out: Available
Tables: Round