St. Alban Roe - 2005 Shepard Road, Wildwood, MO 63038

Wayfinding / Greening 

2 out 4 fishes.

Not much trouble finding the church (although we had on the GPS). No signs outside the church directing us to the entrance. Menus inside were clear and logical for ordering. Line moved efficiently, although you had to pay and then backtrack a little to get in line for your food. You payed and got a slip of paper with your order. Stryrofoam plates and plastic silverware. Red solo cups (which are recyclable) were used for drinks, but no visible recycling. Bulk ketchup was used instead of individual ketchup packets.

Food


Good solid Cod. Hand breaded and had a nice spiciness to it. Being the first fish fry of the year, it's always a little hard to judge. Other sides were simple, but well done. French fries were generously cut and hot and crisp. Green beans and cole slaw were excellent. Wide selection of desserts from pies, brownies, and cake. Not any choices for sides, but that was OK with me. It was typical fish fry standards and kept the line moving efficiently.


Value


Call me pre-judging, but I had not expected a fish fry in Wildwood to be a great value - but it was! $28 for our family of five which included drinks (tea and lemonade) and dessert. Drinks were large in red plastic solo cups. Prices were $10 for 2 piece fried or baked cod dinners, $5 for 1 piece fried or baked cod dinners, and $4 dollars for grilled cheese dinner. Dinners included three sides. Bulk fish (4 pieces) available for $10. Beer was available for a suggested donation of $1, plus it was served in a red solo cup.

Atmosphere


Good buzz of conversation. Volunteers were everywhere to help you, whether is was getting your drink, condiments, dessert, or clearing your plates. They were fast and efficient and were there to help in a flash. Parish hall was a basement location and could have felt cramped if the crowd was any larger, but was a good fit for the size of crowd. Seating ranged from plastic chairs to cafeteria tables with bench seating.

Overall
3 out of 4.  A good solid fish fry. Cod was good and if you like fish fry standards (french fries, green beans, cole slaw) done well, this was a good choice. St. Alban Roe only does a fish fry on Ash Wednesday during Lent, so you'll have to wait until next year, although they do have some other fish fries throughout the year. Highlight was the friendly volunteers who seemed to be everywhere waiting to help you. Other highlight was the value, only $28 for our family of five. Wildwood bike trails are right across Route 109 from the church, so you can burn off some Cod calories.

Reviewed:  2/22/2012

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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