One of the great things about living in western Pennsylvania is the fish fries. If you are unfamiliar with this pastime, let me explain. During lent, a ton of churches, VFWs, fire departments, and various other organizations hold fish fries as a fundraiser. The typically are open on Fridays during lent and Ash Wednesday. Most are not open on Good Friday. Many of these fish fries include fish sandwiches, pierogies, and haluski. From there, the menus can vary widely.
With out kitchen project, we decided that it was the perfect time to check out a local fish fry in our new neighborhood. We headed over to Assumption Church in Bellevue. The person taking the orders suggested that we each order a dinner. We both ordered the fried fish sandwich. After paying, we were promptly seated by our server (a CCD student). He brought us drinks. Quickly after he brought our meal to the table.
The fish was perfectly cooked and served hot. The bread was average store bought bread, so we ate a small amount. The sandwich was enormous, way too big for both of us. It really hit my fish fry spot for the season. They had ketchup, cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, and hot sauce on the tables along with real silverware.
The macaroni and cheese reminded me of my school cafeteria macaroni. It was creamy but lacked flavor. Obviously we do not go to the fish fry for the sides, but this is not one I would order again.
The other side dish that we tried was haluski. Haluski is buttered noodles with cabbage. This was pretty flavorless. I would probably not order it again. At the end of the meal, the servers clear the table. They have desserts available for purchase if you are looking for something sweet at the end of your meal.
Overall, we really enjoyed our fish from the Assumption Church fish fry. I would go back. You can find the menu here. Also, if you are looking for a comprehensive list of Pittsburgh area Fish Fries, check this out!