(3 out of 4 fishes)
Not many signs, but in a small town you don't need many signs. No menus, except for a small menu when you pay. You pay first then go through the food line and pick out your sides as you get your food. Good on sustainability though! They use their school cafeteria trays and real silverware, so no waste on plates! Bulk ketchup bottles at the tables. Also bulk tartar sauce. So except for plastic cups for drinks and dessert plates, not much waste.
Great fish!. Hand breaded fillets with a tasty coating. The fillets vary quite a bit in thickness. So some of the tail ends are more breading that fish. Dessert was some of the best we've had. Homemade everywhere. And not just homemade pies, but homemade crusts! Delicious! Other sides included french fries, baked potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw, and hush puppies. Sides were OK, but the highlight was definitely the desserts!
Great value. $8 for adult plates, $4 for kid plates, and kids three and under were free. Plates included drinks (tea and lemonade) and dessert. Our family of 5 was $28. Plus, they come around the tables with extra fish, hush puppies, and french fries, so it is essentially all you can eat. No beer or wine available.
Friendly volunteers and they come around and refill your drinks at your table. Crowded, but only a short wait to get food. Long tables with chairs. Light buzz of conversation. Fish fry is held in the school cafeteria.
3 out of 4. A small town fish fry almost guarantees a great fish fry. You can bet on great fried fish, friendly volunteers, and usually "all you can eat". So far all the Southern Illinois fish fries we've been too includes volunteers bringing additional servings of fried fish and fries to your table. So for $8, it is all you can eat fish! Also, dessert was maybe the best we've had anywhere. My wife homemade pies includes pre-made crusts, but here even the crusts were homemade! Plus, it was great to see the fish fry using re-usable trays and real silverware! If you are going to spend the weekend in Carbondale, Il hiking or visiting the wine trails, there are some great fish fry options along the Route 51 corridor including Radom, Il, and you can add Sacred Heart in DuQuoin to that list.
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