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The spread at All Saints Parish in Kenwood includes cod tacos topped with cheese, cilantro, diced tomato, and spicy coleslaw--not to mention craft beer from Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. (Photo by P. Malott)
KENWOOD, Ohio - Each week throughout Lent we join contributor Paige Malott as she and her friends track their adventures in their Fish Fry passports. Along the way Paige will rate the offerings on a scale of one to five.
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The second week of the tour finds Paige and her friends heading to Kenwood, where traditional fish fry fare is paired with a fish fiesta and so many desserts you may regret not skipping the entree.
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KENWOOD, Ohio - Each week throughout Lent we'll join contributor Paige Malott as she and her friends track their adventures in their Fish Fry passports . Along the way Paige will rate the offerings on a scale of one to five.
Heading north of the city, our weekly Friday Fish Fry adventure led us to a treasure trove of deliciousness at All Saints Catholic Parish in Kenwood. With a reputation for some outstanding fish tacos, this church is also known for offering a variety of dishes including grilled salmon, tilapia, and shrimp in addition to the traditional cod dinner.
Arriving, we were greeted by the parish's stunning façade, yet noticed that the parking lot was half empty. This was unusual considering it was prime time for dinner. Fortunately for us, the masses had arrived earlier and were already in the gymnasium eating. This was a welcome surprise for members of our group who were commuting from work and became accustom to waiting in line at every fry.
With plenty of signage and giant well-placed menus, it was easy to narrow down a selection of what to order. Run with efficiency, the queue for food was very short and we were sitting down at a table with our plastic trays in no time. Our group ordered a little bit of everything. Some people stuck with the traditional cod dinner while others ventured for the grilled salmon. I opted for the talk-of-the-town fish tacos.
My plate came with two huge fried cod filets topped with cheese, cilantro, diced tomato, and spicy coleslaw. That was all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and served with a side of chips and salsa. I also added an order of mac n’ cheese and some perfectly crisp sweet potato fries.
Every bite was incredible, turning a standard cod meal into a south-of-the-border fiesta. The spicy coleslaw was what put the meal over the top; a recipe unique to All Saints. I wasn't as impressed with the mac n' cheese, which tasted similar to a Stouffer's dish. My friends who had the salmon noted it was nothing to write home about and the traditional cod dinner lived up to expectations.
Beyond the main course, Girl Scout troops were hosting two bake sales: one in the foyer and one in the gymnasium. They included table side service, as adorable little scouts carried trays of cookies and cupcakes around the room to offer to diners.
From red velvet cake and Dutch apple pie, to dark chocolate turtle cake and snicker doodle cookies, I almost regretted getting an entrée instead of heading straight to the sweet stuff. Our two favorite mouth-watering treats were baked by a Girl Scout mother named Alex: an Irish Car Bomb cupcake made with 18-year-old whiskey, and a brownie with chocolate chip cookie crust, stuffed with Oreos.
More delights were around the corner at the beverage table, which was serving both beer and wine; a detail that wasn’t mentioned on the parish website. An even better surprise: two kegs from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company were tapped as an alternative to domestics. For five dollars, guests could get a pint of craft beer in the brewery’s souvenir glass.
Go or no?
Providing an all-around fantastic evening, All Saints Parish exhibited the qualities of an ideal fish fry: good signage, fast-moving lines, a delectable specialty fish dish that came in an epic portion size, offering craft beer and wine, homemade baked goods, and as an added bonus: having a baked good made of booze. They’ve earned a 5 out of 5 in our Fish Fry Passport.
(Photos by P. Malott)
With so many tasty options, check back every Thursday as I give the fin-side scoop on the seven Tri-State fish fries that got us hooked. What's your can't-miss Tri-State fish fry?
In considering which venues to visit, the Fish Fry finders look for the following information from a church or organization:
Connect with WCPO Contributor Paige E. Malott on Twitter: @Paigetastic01 , and use the hashtag #FFFCincy to follow the Tri-State Fish Fry Tour!