At St. Patrick Parish’s fish fry, you get both quality service and variety. The Canonsburg church on West Pike Street is packed during Lent, but there was hardly a wait time thanks to the number of helping hands. Even the kids get involved by selling raffle tickets for Penguins memorabilia and bringing drinks and refills to diners.

But let’s talk about the fish.

The cod is dipped in an egg wash and hand-breaded, then lightly deep-fried. You also can order baked fish for a healthier option, which is flavored with butter, Old Bay seasoning, black pepper and bread crumbs. You can get a classic fish sandwich for lunch on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers serve fish, shrimp and seafood platter dinners, and I guarantee you will not go home hungry. For the $10 dinner, you get fish or shrimp, two sides, a roll with butter, a drink and a dessert. The seafood platter, which includes fish, shrimp and clam strips, costs $13.

I opted for the classic fish dinner, and because I’m forever a fan of cabbage, I chose haluski and coleslaw. Other options include french fries, homemade macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes and applesauce.

Everything was delicious. The fish was flaky, with just the right amount of breading, and the noodles were buttery heaven. My only regret was not having enough room in my belly to try the hush puppies and pierogies.

St. Patrick is famous for its homemade cheddar potato pierogies, which are cooked in butter and onions. You also can take a dozen frozen pierogies home for $8. In case you didn’t have a hard enough time deciding what to order, they also serve up lobster bisque and corn chowder.

Perhaps the most impressive thing is the dessert buffet, which had about a dozen different options, including Bavarian cream pies, strawberry rhubarb pie and beautifully decorated cupcakes. I chose a cake with lemon filling and a butter cream icing, and I was not disappointed.

Luckily, St. Pat is just a five-minute drive from where I live, and I know I’ll be heading back before the Lenten season is over.

– Emily Petsko

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