WHERE: St. Pius V Catholic Church, 3310 S. Grand Ave.
WHEN: Fridays in Lent, 4 to 7:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: Full plate, $8; half-portion, $4. Beer and soda available for additional cost.
For the first Friday in Lent, we headed to the South Side to have a meatless feast at St. Pius V, where the menu included a choice of baked or fried cod or fried catfish. Full plates got a choice of three sides from the following: potato salad, coleslaw, mac ‘n cheese, seasoned green beans and applesauce. We tried the baked cod and the catfish, and both offerings were fantastic, well-cooked and piping hot. We also made our way through all of the sides, doubling up on the mac ‘n cheese, which is always our favorite! We were told the tartar sauce was homemade, too. Buying the full-plate also got us access to a table full of homemade desserts. We took a real shine to the red velvet cake!
The in-house meals were served with real china and flatware, and a cadre of bussers kept busy clearing tables, which turned over pretty quickly, considering the healthy flow of patrons into the dining room.
THE ‘REEL’ DEAL: We got to St. Pius around 5 p.m., and it only took about 20 minutes from the time we hit the door to the time we took our seats. By the time we left, though, the line of diners stretched out the door and a little way down the block, so be advised! All in all, we found St. Pius to be a classic South City fish fry experience.