St. Stephen Protomartyr - 2/18/2015

by Nathan on February 18th, 2015

Overall (4 of 5)

Kicking off the 2015 fish fry season set the bar pretty high on a lot of levels.  First off, the hand-breaded cod was one for the books.  Such great seasoning and warm, flaky cod goodness inside.  Some of the best cod I’ve found since I’ve been hitting the fish fry tour.  The sautéed green beans and the mac & cheese bites topped my favorite off the list of sides.  Don’t miss out on the green beans!!

I wasn’t feeling 100% and was a little hesitant on even leaving the house, however, the fine folks at St. Stephen made our visit warm and welcoming.  The fish fry posters hung in the cafeteria are a great addition to the fish fry atmosphere, along with the TV (if you’re looking to keep tabs on the game), and the 505/50 if you feeling lucky.  You should have no problem finding the fish fry inside St. Stephen because they do an excellent job of posting signs and what not to guide you to the correct location for carry-out or dine-in.  Great job St. Stephen!  This is a fish fry I would visit again in the future.

Fish and main Dishes (5 of 5)

VARIETY:  Baked/Fried Cod, Fish Tacos (Soft Shell), Herb-crusted Tilapia, Fried Shrimp, and Cheese Pizza for the kids and non-fish lovers.

TASTE:  The hand-breaded cod set the bar pretty high for the first fish fry of the season.  I did not taste the rest of the selections. 

VALUE:  $8.50 for and adult plate of baked cod, fried cod, and fish tacos.  $9.50 for an adult plate of tilapia or fried shrimp.  The adult plate includes 2 pieces of fish, 2 hush puppies, 2 sides, 2 slices of bread, and choice of tea, lemonade, water, or coffee.  See the photos for a full menu of prices for various options such as a la carte and for the kids menu.

CONDIMENTS:  Individual packets of ketchup, tartar, and cocktail sauces.  Tubs of butter were also available.  Salt and pepper shakers were on every table.  BONUS!

Side Dishes (4 of 5)

VARIETY:  Cole Slaw, Sautéed Green Beans, Spaghetti, Mac & Cheese Bites, and French Fries.  Apparently other sides that make it into the rotation include rice pilaf, baked beans, and sweet potato fries, but they were not an option when we visited.

TASTE:  The cole slaw was vinegar-based and tasted pretty average.  The green beans were extremely delicious and it’s a good thing my fiancé ordered them or I wouldn’t have had a taste.  WOW!  The crinkle French fries were pretty good, and how can you go wrong with fried mac & Cheese bites!  The hush puppies were good, but nothing special.

VALUE:  Generous portions.  $1.50 per extra side dish serving.

Beverages and Desserts (3 of 5)

BEVERAGES: Tea, water, lemonade, and coffee were complimentary.  Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite cans for $0.75.  They had a red and white wine selection for $2 per glass, Bud Light on tap for $3 ($6 pitchers), and a good selection of microbrews including Schlafly APA, Goose Island Honker’s Ale, Goose Island Urban Pale Ale, and Shock Top.

DESSERTS: Not a whole lot of selection for dessert or we missed the bulk of the selection when we arrived at 6:25 pm.  I wasn’t feeling well so I skipped dessert.  My fiancé said the yellow cupcake with chocolate icing was too good to share!

Atmosphere and Extras (4 of 5)

The atmosphere at the fish fry was very welcoming and friendly.  Its seemed like a part of each person’s day to be there and like everyone, even the workers, wanted to be there doing what they were doing.  In addition to the food and drink portion of the fish fry they had a 50/50 raffle they were selling tickets for, a TV with the college basketball game on, flower vases with American flags on each table, and very attentive table bussers ready to clear your plate or try out of your way when you are finished.  As an added bonus, they had salt and pepper shakers on the table instead of having to use little packets!  One added bonus that I also like is that they apparently have a “catch of the day” each week featuring a different main dish.  What a great idea!  We really liked the atmosphere here.  It looked like some of the students or faculty (because the artwork was so good) had created unique fish fry posters and hung them up throughout the cafeteria.  They were great and many of them really funny.  Check them out in the photo section below.  The atmosphere is one of the main features of a fish fry that draws me back again in the future, and this one is no exception.

Signage and Flow of Line (5 of 5)

We found rock star parking, so it was obvious where the door to go in was; however, the signage to get you to the fish fry was excellent.  No secrets as to where to turn to get that tasty cod goodness.  There are giant detailed menus posted in almost every room around every corner including a wall with chalkboard paint with the menu written on it large enough to see from across the room.  I snapped a photo of it so you can check it out in the photos section.  We arrived relatively late so we didn’t experience much of a line.  Two thumbs up in this department for sure!

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