If you fancy yourself a fish fry aficionado, Price Hill is the place to be this lent. With four parishes featuring fried fish and other entrees every Friday in Lent, it’s time for a quick guide to what each one has to offer. The food is always good, but each one has its own charms and quirks.
St. Lawrence, Heritage Hall, 3680 Warsaw Avenue, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
St. Lawrence arguably has the best fish—their beer-batter cod. They also have beer for a small donation, and they have an array of desserts. In years past, many of the desserts were homemade, but at the most recent fish fry, all the desserts were store bought, unfortunately. Still, they have good cole slaw and they are one of the few fish fries where you’ll find an actual green salad as a side choice. Entrees range from $2.50 for a grilled cheese or pizza slice to $7.50 for a shrimp or salmon dinner, and pop, milk, coffee, or tea is included in the price of a dinner. St. Lawrence also has drive thru service this year; enter from Carson Avenue.
Holy Family, Cafeteria, 3006 West Eighth Street, 4:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.
The menu at Holy Family’s fish fry is fairly limited, but they usually have a raffle or two going on during the fish fry. They have a $4 fish sandwich, and dinners with three sides are available for $7 or $8, and one of the sides is red beans and rice. They have pizza by the slice, too, but the main attraction at Holy Family is the cafeteria itself. They offer carryout, but they are the only fish fry on the hill that doesn’t have a drive thru. That’s offset by the ambiance of the school cafeteria where it is held. It’s decorated with Rookwood tile castoffs, giving the place a vintage crazy quilt kind of charm.
St. William, Fr. Reardon Hall, 4108 West Eighth Street, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The fish fry at St. William is unique—there is entertainment every Friday evening if you eat in. The performers change every week, but don’t miss Chris Goins on guitar on March 22. They offer an extensive menu with features such as the Magnificod Dinner ($7.50) and the Tavern Platter ($7.50). They also have crab cakes, LaRosa’s pizza by the slice, and hush puppies. You can also get a beer if you are dining in. And if you are running late, the drive thru service is open until 7:30 p.m.
St. Teresa, Avila Hall, 1175 Overlook Avenue, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
St. Teresa introduced the drive thru fish fry and the cars line up early in the circle in front of Avila Hall for Boy Scout Troop #271’s delicious and varied fish fry offerings. They have great mac and cheese, salmon dinners, fried clams, shrimp, clam chowder, and they even have a kids’ meal. The Girl Scouts provide the desserts, which means there are Thin Mints as well as some homemade treats.
It’s Friday, and there are only four more Fridays in Lent after today (most of the fish fries don’t operate on Good Friday). So, you just have time to make the rounds and visit a different Price Hill parish every week to compare the delicious deep-fried menus. Cast off now!