Sacred Heart - 17 North Walnut, DuQuoin, IL 62832

Wayfinding / Greening
(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.

Reviewed 3/9/12

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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, then 2017-2019 went by in a blur, so we are missing a few years, so sorry!

2020 Year End Recap
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