Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011

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2011/03/08 16:49:44 (permalink)

Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011

Stumbled across this today - - 7 pages of listings....  Enjoy....
 
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    jm199
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2011/03/08 17:03:58 (permalink)
    Best Church Fish Fry in my opinion is Holy Angels Catholic Church in Pittsburgh. They serve a mammoth fish sandwich that they prepare in condensed milk and panko bread crumbs. I will be there tomorrow. Let the Lenten Fish Fries begin!
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2011/03/08 17:35:51 (permalink)
    I have been away from the 'Burgh for years, but still carry fond memories of Lenten Friday Fish Fries...  I think I might find some similar festivities here in Wisconsin....  There are great restaurant FF's here now, but I will be looking for some 'church' ones...
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2011/03/09 13:23:16 (permalink)
    Being from Western PA, I do miss the Fish Fries. Years ago, on the bottom of the front page of my home town newspaper, there would be small ads for every Fish Fry in town. Every Catholic Church, the Moose, Elks & Eagles Clubs and the American Legion Hall plus others. I miss Small Town Anericana! By the way, St. Marys, Pa is about 98% Catholic!
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2011/03/09 17:01:25 (permalink)
    I am as happy as a fat boy in a cake shop! I went to Holy Angels today (Ash Wednesday) for the first of their Lenten fish fries. Their incredible fish sandwiches are delicious and are a bargain at $7 apiece. If you want a meal with french fries and cole slaw, it costs an additional $1 for a total of $8.
     
    They open the doors at 11am, and I was there at 115pm. By that time, they had already served 900 meals (including takeout).  They hoped to serve 1900 to 2100 meals for the entire day. Afterwords, I left the church hall and went upstairs to the church for ashes.  I shall return on Friday for another great fish sandwich.
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2011/03/15 17:31:29 (permalink)
    On Friday, I followed up jm199's recommendation to try Holy Angels.
     
    Like most fish fries, it takes place in a large church social hall. This was unusual in that they had table service; I think they have more volunteers than usual.
    Untitled by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
     
    The sandwich itself is a mighty beast with four filets, probably totaling a pound of fish. Lori and I were prepared for this; we ordered an extra bun, and both got full. Massive fish sandwiches like this are pretty common in Pittsburgh; I know several places that sell a one-pound fish sandwich. There's probably some place that serves an even larger batter-fried leviathan, but I don't know where to find one.
    The taste was mild, with an agreeable crunch for the cooking. This was definitely a notch above most fish sandwiches.
    The fries, though, were bland and uninteresting; for sides, I prefer the haluski and pasta fagiole at Madonna del Castello.
    Fish Sandwich at Holy Angels by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
     
    Also, a video from WTAE about Holy Angels' fish fry: http://www.wtae.com/r-video/27139720/detail.html
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2011/03/16 09:50:38 (permalink)
    That's a good-looking sandwich!
     
    mamaduck43

    I have been away from the 'Burgh for years, but still carry fond memories of Lenten Friday Fish Fries...  I think I might find some similar festivities here in Wisconsin....  There are great restaurant FF's here now, but I will be looking for some 'church' ones...

    Check out your local VFW post, too.
     
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2011/03/16 10:26:24 (permalink)
    Thanks, Brad - - I shall do that... 
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/13 18:39:07 (permalink)
    The 2013 Church Fish Fries have begun! I went back to Holy Angels in Hays Pa today and was happy to see that the price for one of their HUGE fish sandwiches is still only $7.00. They taste the same and the workers told me they expect to fry over 2000 pounds of fish TODAY!!!
    As a side note, they have changed their french fries to those thin "matchstick" fries. I didn't order them, but others said that they were hot and crisp.
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/14 14:51:08 (permalink)
    In January, Lori and I stopped at Emil's in Rankin and had a really glorious fish sandwich:
     
    Fish Sandwich from Emil's by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
     
    It's hard for me to articulate what made it so good, but it was extraordinarily flavorful and delicious. I am eager to return during Lent.
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/15 14:58:35 (permalink)
    Ralph-Glad that you enjoyed the huge fish sandwich at Emil's.
    Emil catered the repass for my father's funeral 11 years ago, and everyone went back for seconds and thirds. His daughter Kristy runs the place now, and is continuing the traditions of her father.  The good thing about Emil's is that you can order the fish sandwich 365 days a year, as it is always on the menu.
     
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/15 16:57:07 (permalink)
    Anyone know of any in the Hershey / Harrisburg area? Will be there next week
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/15 18:16:00 (permalink)
    Or Snyder County?
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/15 18:55:35 (permalink)
    There is something about Pittsburgh fried fish.  I don't even care for fish, but a fried fish sandwich at Wholey's or the Enon Valley Inn was always a treat.
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/15 20:14:24 (permalink)
    I really have to get off my ass and make a chicken version. I love the batter, but not a fish guy.

    I've been pushing a lot of Beaver county places since I moved up here, and I'm gonna do it again. Corner Tavern in Beaver Falls, Back Door Tavern in Fallston. From what I'm told, they're as good or better than Armand's, Dorido's, etc.

    It's probably easier to say where the bad places are.

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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/16 00:51:31 (permalink)
    I was talking to buffetbuster tonight and we agreed that he, Mariton, MH and I all have to meet at Back Door Tavern for fish sandwiches.  They are HUGE, fresh and great!
    Where is Corner Tavern in Beaver Falls? 
    St. Cecilia's church in Rochester always has a wonderful fish fry on Fridays during Lent. 
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/22 13:39:23 (permalink)
    For the Corner Tavern, you go down 18 from the turnpike, then turn right on 251 (Sheetz is on the corner). Go maybe 1/4 mile it's on the right. It's about a 5 minute drive from the turnpike.

    That place is cool. You have to stand at the bar since they don't have stools. Their prices are very good too.
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/22 14:05:08 (permalink)
    gostillerz,
    Thanks!  We will be there 3 days next week to visit my mother.  Will go to the Corner Tavern, also The Back Door, Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, Marbulls in New Brighton (for wings), a stop one morning at Oram's and of course Primanti's in the Strip Thursday on our way home.  In the afternoons we head for The Brady's Run Grille for a Smithwick's.  We'll take a cooler and get some fish at Wholey's to bring home.  We never starve in Western PA!
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/22 14:32:47 (permalink)
    Lisa, what a great lineup of food you have coming up!
     
    Here is the 2013 map of Pittsburgh Lenten fish fries.
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/26 21:04:51 (permalink)
    Today we made it to Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, MH had 2 kraut dogs, I had wedding soup.  Tonight we took my mother to Marbull's where we enjoyed their wings and hand-cut french fries.  We made our obligatory stop at Brady's Run Grille for a few pints of Smithwick's in the afternoon. 
    Once we got into Beaver County I saw signs everywhere for Friday fish frys from volunteer fire departments, churches, boat clubs, they were everywhere.  Unfortunately we leave Thursday.  But we will get some mighty good fish tomorrow night at The Back Door Tavern in Fallston. 
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/27 07:18:16 (permalink)
    You would love Milwaukee, Lisa and Michael-everyone has a fish fry on Friday nights. Some better than others........and we know the others...
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/27 18:35:17 (permalink)
    ann,
    What kind of fish?  Here is W. PA it's cod.
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/27 19:50:16 (permalink)
    Cod, and occasionaly haddock-our favorite......
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/27 20:08:10 (permalink)
    In central new York, they have fish fries every Friday everywhere you can think, restaurants, churches, clubs, even volunteer fire departments. The fish is haddock and is usually hanging over the sides of the plates. Served with fries and cole slaw.
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/27 21:56:01 (permalink)
    ann and ynotryme,
    I prefer haddock to cod!  But in these parts I think it's mostly cod which is very good, and served with fries and cole slaw.  In Alaska it was beer-battered halibut.  My all time favorite. 
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    Re:Western Pennsylvania Fish Fries - 2011 2013/02/28 07:58:56 (permalink)
    Oh my-would love the halibut!
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