Little Flower Catholic Church - 1264 Arch Terrace, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Wayfinding / Greening
(2 out of 4 fishes)


We couldn't find the cafeteria at first, and when we did, we came in the back way.  Not a good start to wayfinding.  Do want to give a shout out, though, to the hand chalked menus.  A very nice touch.  About a 20 minute wait at 5:30.  Ordering was simple - pay first, then given a ticket.  Didn't see any recycling, but may have missed it.  Styrofoam plates.  They did have bulk condiments.

Food


Very good Cod.  However, relatively small pieces.  I ended up ordering an extra piece for my daughters' plate, so I could have an extra piece.  Other sides were nicely done.  Fries were a highlight.  Seasoned?  Whatever they were, they were nice, hot, and perfectly done.  Cole slaw, green beans, mac-n-cheese, and applesauce.  Other entree choice was grilled salmon.  Nice selection of desserts.
No Cod this year.  It was a white fish (swai?).  Huge portions and it was nicely fried with just a hint of seasoning.  Very good.  Fries were again outstanding.  Highlight is the fried mac-n-cheese balls the kids pass out while you wait in line.  Desserts were also excellent - I had a german chocolate cake.

Value


Good overall value - but I'll start with the beer.  $3 for 16oz drafts of Urban Chestnut!  You can't drink at Urban Chestnut for that price!  Zwickel was on tap.  They also had another microbrew on tap - something from Square One (I think).  $8 two piece Cod dinner, $6 one piece Cod dinner (see above about small Cod pieces).  $9 grilled salmon dinner.  Dessert included, but not drinks.

Atmosphere


Good atmosphere with a lively buzz.  Crowded, but always seats opening up.  Friendly volunteers were quick to see if we needed our plates cleared.  Volunteers came by the line with free fried mac-n-cheese balls as appetizers.  Only downside, squeezing behind some of the chairs and tables.

Overall
3.5 out of 4.  (Maybe only 3 if you're not a microbrew fan) I'm not sure any other fish fry serving Urban Chestnut drafts, especially for $3 for 16oz.  So that was a big highlight.  Cod was very tasty, although a little on the small side.  The fried mac-n-cheese balls that were being given as appetizers for those waiting in line, was a nice touch.   Overall, a very nice fish fry.  Little Flower only has two fish fries a year, so be sure to check their calendar.  Did I mention $3 Urban Chestnut?
Usually we don't repeat fish fries in back-to-back years, but the lure of $3 Urban Chestnut and fried Mac-n-Cheese balls drew us back.  It was packed at 5:00pm and we had a 30 minute wait.  But the beer window is right by the start of the line, so you can enjoy your first draft as you wait in line.  Only downside was no Cod.  It seems more and more parish are switching to other fish because of the expense of Cod.  Little Flower did a great job with the white fish they fried, but I wish it was Cod.  

Reviewed 3/11/2016
Reviewed 3/10/2017








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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