Tuesday, March 2, 2010

St. Gabe’s Lives Up To Its Reputation

For those of you who are new to the blog, there is a reason I’m referred to as the “fish fry master.” While yes, the term may be self-appointed, most would agree that more than three years of attending parish fish fries justifies the title. And in all my time reviewing fried fish, I have yet to come across a fry as awesome as St. Gabriel’s in South City.

The parishioners at St. Gabe’s have the fish fry down to an art form – friendly service, tasty food and plenty of canned Busch to go around.

The menu is extensive, offering various types of hand-breaded and baked fish. Sides include red and garlic butter pasta, mac & cheese, slaw, fries, green beans, applesauce and bread. Dinners are $8 and served with a drink and dessert. Everything was delicious and hot, and portions were generous.

While the line was long, it moved fast and friendly staff came through to pass out free beer. This gesture alone is enough to keep me coming back. I was accompanied by a sizeable crowd of fellow fish-lovers, and we were able to find two full tables next to each other. They had a big screen TV set-up showing the Olympics, which was an obvious upgrade from the average run-of-the-mill fry.

If you’re in the neighborhood, give St. Gabe’s a try. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.*

Overall rating: 10 out of 10 fish patties!

Photos from top:
Dan pretends Renee is a tasty fish sandwich
Justin bonds with my nephew Dominic
Typical plate at St. Gabe's fish fry

* I don’t actually make guarantees on this blog.


  1. Friday, February 26th

    We weren't able to make it out to a fry this Friday, but fortunately Don (aka Uncle D) brought by some carry out from the St. Gabriel's fry. Given the fact that the food had cooled off by the time we the time we ate, it might be a little hard to do a fair assessment of food quality. However, we were rather ravenous and the cod fish, creamy slaw and pasta with red sauce did the trick. Apparently they don't provide take home cups for the free beer! We will skip the rating this week and defer the Fish Fry Master's opinion.

    Illinois Bureau

  2. If you can make St. Catherine Laboure in Sappington on March 26th, you won't be disappointed. Large helpings of delicious fried cod corn meal hand-breaded w/ a kick. Baked Tilapia & salmon also. 4 sides plus desert for $8