St. Joseph - 10 North Alton Street, Freeburg, IL 62243

Wayfinding / Greening



(3out of 4 fishes)
Good wayfinding with a sign out near the street and easy to find the entrance to the parish center where the fish fry was located.  Plenty of space for line queueing and a simple, logical menu.  You pay when you order, then given a number which they call when your food is ready.  So you can grab a seat, then wait for your food.  They will bring your food to you when your number is called.  Styrofoam plates, but highly visible can recycling.  They use bulk condiments distributed to little plastic cups, which could be recycled.

Food



Very good cod, one of the best of 2011.  Hand breaded.  The breading could have had a little more spiciness, but that was just my personal preference.  Other main dishes were fried shrimp (popcorn size), baked cod, and fish sandwiches.  Sides included french fries, cole slaw, mac and cheese, spaghetti, and onion rings.  Sides were well done.  The cole slaw was a big highlight, maybe the best cole slaw I've had at a  fish fry.  Homemade desserts.

Value



Good value with very large portions.  Family of 5 was about $30.  Cod or shrimp plate was $7 which included two sides.  Fish also by the pound:  $10.50 lb, $5.50 1/2 lb.  Sides were $1 to $1.50.  No kids meal, but grilled cheese was available for $1.25.  Dessert and drinks were not included.  Desserts were $1 for cakes, $1.50 for pies.  $1 for soda, $1.50 for beer.  Lemonade $1?, lemonade included free refills.  Sides were huge - one side of fries would have been enough for two people. Even the dessert portions were large. We could have eaten for $20-$25, if we were regulars and better knew how to order.  We didn't come close to eating everything. 

Atmosphere



Bright, new, gymnasium with plenty of room for the kids to run around.  Crowded at 5:30, but easy to get seating.  A "quiet" buzz of conversation - the gym soaked up sound, so even though it was crowded, it was easy to talk with the people next to you.  A good fish fry for a large group.  Long tables would be ideal but a large group.  Friendly volunteers.  Kids were the table clearer.  As mentioned, you get a number when you order, and when they call it, they will bring your food to your table. 

Overall
3 out of 4.  A good, solid fish fry.  Very well  run and efficient.  The staff bringing your food to your table was a nice touch.  You had time after you order to get your drinks, condiments, and find a seat without having to worry about carrying a plate at the same time.  Frying fish is always taken seriously in a small town, and it shows.  Very good cod.  If you are looking to start a weekend trip to Southern Illinois or want a leisurely drive away from the City, check out Freeburg and the St. Joseph fish fry.

Reviewed 3/25/11

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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