St. Joan of Arc - 5800 Oleatha, St. Louis

Wayfinding / Greening:
(2 out of 4 Fishes)

Good signage out near Hampton and easy to find the cafeteria. However, the outdated cafeteria created problems once inside. Cramped cafeteria forced the line to queue in the middle of the room. Menu may have had too many choices and didn't flow in a coherent order. You pay after you get your food and drink. Desserts must be paid in advance also, even though it's at a separate station. We had to go back to get our dessert tickets. No recycling. Plastic silverware, and styrofoam plates. Communal condiment area cut down on condiment waste.

Food:


Cod was disappointing. I had higher expectations. Pre-breaded cod triangles didn't have much kick. Other entrees were catfish nuggets, baked fish, shrimp, and jack salmon. Sides were a highlight and included Irish potatoes, mac and cheese, applesauce, spaghetti, and fries. Irish potatoes were excellent, however french fries weren't crisp. Homemade desserts. Kids meal choices of pizza, cheese sticks, or fried ravioli.

Value:


$6 adult plate with two sides. $7 catfish nuggets. No drinks (except coffee) or dessert were included. Desserts $0.50, tea/soda $0.50, $2.50 beer, $3.50 kids cheese sticks.

Atmosphere:


Facilities were a setback. Out dated and cramped cafeteria lit by fluorescent lighting. Long rows of tables. Friendly staff and kids were helping to clear tables.

Overall:
2 out of 4. I had high expectations going in, and maybe that was the problem. Cod was average and cafeteria facilities were a hard obstacle to overcome. Also, maybe too many menu choices. Good to have a wide variety of items (fried cheese sticks, fried ravioli), and the Irish potatoes were excellent, but focus on quantity may distract.

Reviewed 3/27/09

Other Reviews and Fun Links for St. Joan of Arc:
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Reviews
2011 - No Meat for You! blog review
2010 - Riverfront Times review
2008 - St. Boniface Online blog review

2 comments:

  1. No mention of my favorite part of Joan of Arc's fish fry! THE BREAD! Hands down has to be the best bread at a fish fry!

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  2. The slaw was not mentioned. It is a family favorite, but does tend to go quick......

    Overall, they have a great value and a good family atmosphere. I would also like to note that when the lines is long we have been offered beverages while waiting.

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Year End Reviews

Sometimes it is hard to compare fish fries from year to year. Comparing that Cod from 2014 to 2008 can be a little tough. With that in mind, below is a yearly re-cap for each of the following years. We got a little busy in 2015, so never finished a year end recap, so sorry!

2016 Year End Recap
2014 Year End Recap

Fan Poll Winners - Best Fish Fry

Every year Friday Night Fish hosts a fan poll to crown a yearly fan favorite Fish Fry. It's a two step process with Round 1 selecting five finalists, and Round 2 voting from the final five to crown the yearly fan champion. So get ready every year for the annual poll and get your supporters voting for your favorite fish fry! We had some voting "irregularities" in 2014, so we discontinued the poll (for now).

For a recap of past winners see Past Fan Poll Winners.

Past "Fan Poll-Favorite Fish Fry" Winners:
2014: First place tie: Christ, Prince of Peace, Ballwin; Saint Mary Magdalen, Brentwood; St. Ferdinand, Florissant
2013: Saint Mary Magdalen, Brentwood
2012: St. Rose Philippine Duschesne, Florissant
2011: St. Pius, St. Louis
2010: St. Gerard Majella, Kirkwood