Saint Mary Magdalen - 2618 S. Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, MO

Wayfinding / Greening:
(3 out of 4 Fishes)

Fast and efficient line (Ticket order then pay then food). Signage and extra tables were a little unclear however. Part of the efficiency was the use of all styrofoam take-out containers for both dine-in and carry-out.
Couldn't find a place to park at 5:30 on a Good Friday.  Ended up parking down on Brentwood at a strip mall and walking back.  Large line, about a 20 plus minute wait.  Ordering was easy and efficient.  Greening has improved.  Still alot of styrofoam, but there was an option for recycling cans.  (Although there was confusion with people throwing trash in the recycling.)

Food:



Excellent Cod and sides (slaw and beans). Good dessert choices with a wide selection. Although overall choices were limited, the food was well done. Cheese pizza for children's menu. Children's menu was limited, but the fish sandwich was more than enough to share.
The tale of two pieces of Cod.  One piece was excellent - crispy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside.  The second piece was a dud.  I think it was an outlier, a bad piece of Cod in the batch.  Very good sides, and different from the standard fish fry fare.  The seasoned parmesan chips were to die for.  You could eat them all night.  Spiced apple slices and cole slaw were also outstanding.  Good variety of homemade desserts.  Fish tacos were a new feature since we last visited, and they were excellent (according to my wife).
Very good Cod.  I had the fish tacos which were who Cod fillets in a taco.  Delicious!

Value:


$8 for adult plate with dessert. But only water and coffee included. However, two pieces of cod were big.
Very good value.  (An increase in the perception of value since last time we came.)  About $30 for our family of 5. Cod dinner was still $8.  Good selection of price points.  Fish tacos with one side was only $6.  Fish and chips were $5.  Kids meals were $4.  All included dessert.  Beer/wine $2.  Drafts of Schlafly were $3.  
Cod dinner up to $10 a plate, but good options for price levels.  Fish and chips (one piece of Cod) and lots of parmesan chips was only $6.  Kids pizza was $2 a slice.  Plus many more options.  So if you have finicky kid eaters, this is a good place with lots of options.  Dinners include drink and dessert.  


Atmosphere:



Gym created a buzz, although a little too cafeteria like. Large crowd both eating and in line.
A great atmosphere of a fish fry.  Even with the long line, there is a good din of conversation in the high ceiling gym.  Volunteers friendly and passionate with their 'God's Cod' branding.  Even though it can get crowded, there is always space available to sit.  Only downside, is that some of the seating is bench style cafeteria tables.

Overall:
3 out of 4. Limited menu, but it was done right with great tasting fish and quick lines.
Our first visit since 2007, and the week after they were voted Fan Favorite Fish Fry in the 2013 poll.     It's easy to see why they were voted #1 this year.  Good food, good atmosphere, and a good value.  Everything a good fish fry should be.  Some creative sides you don't always see at other fish fries.  The only downside, is that they are somewhat a victim of their own success (the crowds can make finding a parking spot tough).  I like their branding and the pride they take in their signage.  It was fun to see the signs telling people to vote in the Friday Night Fish Fan Poll.  Drafts of Schlafly is always a nice touch.
Overall rating, I would move it up to a 3.5 out of 4 now.   My comment from 2007 was a limited menu, but that is definitely not the case now.   The addition of fish tacos, the great sides (the parmesan chips were a big highlight), and the increased realization of the value have all moved the rating up.
Great fish fry on multiple levels.  Good Cod, good wayfinding, and festive atmosphere.  Last time we went they had drafts of Shafly's.  No drafts, but a good selection of canned microbrews.  Highlight is the fish tacos.  They take a whole fried Cod fillet and put it in a taco.  The parmesan chips are another highlight - they are outstanding!  Only downside is everything (even eating in) is styrofoam takeout containers. 

Reviewed 3/23/07
Reviewed 3/29/2013
Reviewed 3/31/2017

Other Reviews and Fun Links for St. Mary Magdalen:
If you know of other reviews or links, please share via the comment section below!
Reviews
2014 - Brentwood Spirit Article
2012 - The 13 Blog review
2011 - No Meat for You blog review
2011 - St. Louis Jewish Light review (scroll down on page - multiple reviews)
2010 - Riverfront Times review
2007 - St. Boniface Online blog review



Busy Cafeteria!

Signs telling folks to vote at Friday Night Fish!

Some great signs and branding!

9 comments:

  1. The shrimp is excellent. Plenty of shrimp and a good size. well-worth the $10.00!!

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  2. Fantastic fish taco with mango salsa!

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  3. Easy to find and great atmosphere! Front bar greeted me with cold beer and wine for sale. Line moves fast with big portions. Fried cod best in town. Jumbo fried shrimp delish. Salmon served with cucumber dill sauce. Parmesan chips really good and new this year. 2 Thumbs up.

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  4. We've been twice and have tried the shrimp and cod. The shrimp was outstanding and the cod was some of the best I've had. Had the parm. chips and apples. Both yummy! Large portions and good prices. Great selection of beer!

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  5. Their baked salmon is d-lish-us!! Great food all around.

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  6. OMG! This is the only place I eat fish. I LOVE the shrimp and it is greta to see the teamwork that makes this move so well. Even the kids get involved. Great parish.Very Well done!

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  7. Here is a link to a recent review of STMM's fish fry: http://www.fishfryday.org/blog/2013/03/02/st-mary-magdalen-brentwood-312013

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  8. I've heard they have a drive-thru? Is this correct? It isn't mentioned anywhere in the article.

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    1. They maybe have a drive thru. We don't check every detail - especially things we aren't typically interested in - like a drive-thru. Check their website or bulletin for more info! Good luck!

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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