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Taste Buds: St. Lucy's Fish Fry

Yorkville church has perfected recipe over last 40 years

March 22, 2012
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

There's something fishy going on in Yorkville - and we mean that in the nicest possible way.

The Buds were recently invited to check out the weekly fish fry held at St. Lucy's Church in Yorkville which is held not only during Lent, but most Fridays year round since 1969. Yep, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the friendly fish fry (say that ten times as fast as you can) staff cooks up white fish, slaw, and sides that are sure to please any fish lover.

The Buds, self-proclaimed lovers of fish, couldn't wait to sink their teeth into the fare at St. Lucy's.

The menu is small and to the point, featuring fish sandwiches, fries, onion rings, cheese sticks and cole slaw a la carte, or a fish dinner for $7.50 which includes fish, bread for making a sandwich or eating plain, cole slaw and your choice of fries, onion rings or cheese sticks.

The Buds both opted for the fish dinner.

Bud Shaunna chose onion rings to go with her fish, while Bud Em picked the cheese sticks. The friendly ladies even threw in a "sample" of their french fries, so this marked one rare occasion when the Buds were able to try everything on the menu!

The fish itself was divine. The breading had a touch of pepper in it to add enough zing, and the fish was flaky and delicious. The Buds cannot recall eating non-greasy fried fish at a fish fry. The ladies of St. Lucy's Church explained that they change their grease every week and also keep a close eye on the fish while it's frying. In addition to the quality, the quantity of fish was also excellent. Each Bud was served three fillets - which actually proved too much since we were also sampling the rest of the menu. However, just like Girl Scouts, these ladies were prepared with a stack of take out boxes on one of the tables. Bud Shaunna took her leftovers home and made a tasty fish sandwich using the bread that came with the dinner.

The thick cut onion rings had a nice crunch, and the cheesesticks were gooey and flavorful. Bud Em was more than happy to take it upon herself to sample the french fries, and was not disappointed.

The Buds also liked the big round tables set up in the room. There was plenty of room to get comfortable, but it was also nice that there was an opportunity to share tables and make new friends. And as the Buds were eating, we also noticed how meticulous the ladies were in keeping everything tidy and clean.

If you are looking for some tasty and remarkably non-greasy fish during Lent or any time of year, the Buds recommend that you pay a friendly visit to the ladies of St. Lucy's Church in Yorkville. They are truly fishers of (hungry) men!

The Buds may be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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