Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Polish National Aid Society

Last Friday, we checked out a new spot: the Polish National Aid Society. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is one of the local members-only halls that opens its doors to the public every fall for Pulaski Days. This year they started doing Friday lenten Fish Fries.

The first thing you need to know is when you walk in, you will immediately feel confused, lost, and out of place. It's a members-only club for goodness sakes, any non-member would feel that! So, what you need to do is walk confidently into the empty, dark bar and stroll over to the door next to the bar that leads down into the basement where the fish is. This is how you will navigate the apparently secret Fish Fry like a boss, and not walk into the bathroom looking for fish (like I did).

Another thing you need to know is that the fish is made fresh, per person. So after you pay the guy your $8 and fill your plate at the salad bar, just sit down and wait cooly. Someone will then come over to take your drink order (they serve soda and beer!) and shortly after that someone will bring you a heaping plate of freshly fried fish and chips. Depending on how many people show up, this could make for a small wait for your food, although we didn't have to wait too long.

The fish was really good, the beer batter was thick and puffy. Plus being made fresh, it was not sitting out on warmers. The fries were great, and the rest of the sides were pretty basic: coleslaw, rolls, rolls, and noodle salad.

Of course this wouldn't be the Fish Fry for everyone. There is no baked fish or baked potatoes for you healthy fish lovers. No mac and cheese either for you non-fish eaters. And obviously it's not a religious organization for those that only want to eat their fish in a church or school. The vibe was pretty chill, not like some of the high-energy family focused events. This could be good or bad depending on what you prefer.

All in all it was a good dinner for anyone who wants classic fried fish and chips with a domestic brew to enjoy in the basement of a Polish hall. Not too shabby in our books. We recommend checking it out and supporting the hall. 

Polish National Aid Society
921 Jackson St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Arrival time:
Wait: 0 minutes
Street parking
Cost: $8.00 all you can eat
Take-out: no
Tables: Long cafeteria-style

Would we go back? Yes


Anonymous said...

Daaaaaaamn I'd eat dat! I'd eat all dat!

MGK said...

We went to this fish fry the same night as the reviewer. We were curious to see if we reached the same conclusion about this fish fry. Yes! We would go back, and, in fact, did last weekend. Definitely recommend. There is also a $5 all you can eat breakfast the second Sunday of the month which we also tried this past Sunday and also highly recommend.

Kelly O'Hara said...

Awesome! We've been talking about this fish ever since we went, it's our favorite this year so far. Details on breakfast please! We had a few too many whiskeys last night and eggs sound amazing right now...

Anonymous said...

bykelly-our breakfasts are the second sunday of the month sept to may. we offer eggs, sausage links or patties, bacon, potatoes, bisciuts & gravy, pastry, milk, coffee, juice. $5.00 ALL YOU CAN EAT. seniors $4.00 children 6-12 yrs. $3.00 under 5 FREE!! also we host a fresh baked goods sale. next one is april 14th. hope to see you.