Parma Fish Fry Guide: St. Columbkille & Pokrova Ukrainia Greek Catholic Church

Don’t think I haven’t heard every Parma joke in the book. And while many view my fair suburb as a joke itself, we have some pretty neat stuff happening – a lot of it food related. Take a moment to scan’s 2011 Northeast Ohio Fish Fry Guide for the word “Parma”. You’ll find TEN separate listings in this suburb alone – and I know that doesn’t capture all your options for a Friday night.

In reading his blog recently, I’ve been inspired by Tom’s “The Lenten Project II”, his own journey through the fish fries in his area. If you are looking for some options in the Akron area, check out his latest posts in theseries. As Tom can’t make it to every fish fry in Northeast Ohio, PIP management thought it might be helpful to do his work in our territory!

There is a small problem though: I’m not the one eating the fish fry food. Forget healthy eating: I would gladly throw that out the window for one night a week for some awesome pierogies. The issue: very few, if any fish fry food is gluten free. That’s where my husband comes in.

Hans already had his own “eat as much fish fry” project going on, so I figured let’s get the man some more blog time! At least we know if the whole rocket scientist thing doesn’t work out he still has a competitive eating career ahead of him.

During Hans’ first Friday in Lent, he stopped in at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. I don’t have pictures to share, but I can share this:

  • He spent $13. He ordered a meal and and an extra side of fish.
  • He got two pieces of fried fish, four pierogies, fries. There was also bread with butter, coleslaw and tartar sauce.
  • The church’s website promotes “a new supplier for fish, perogies, and extras”. It was obvious that the food was not home made, but fried from frozen.
  • He wished the pieces of fish were bigger but liked the taste.
  • Hans said the potato pierogies lacked flavor. To me, it was uber obvious they weren’t home made.
  • He only ate one of the fries, stating “they were gross”. Ouch.

Sorry St. Columbkille: PIP Management won’t be returning. So we set our sights down Broadview Road…

Pokrova Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church‎ was next on the list. Located at 6812 Broadview Road in Parma,Pokrova Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church‎ has a soft spot in our hearts as they are our favorite place to buy pierogies to make at home. Who needs Mrs. T’s when you have little Ukrainian grandma’s down the road on your side?

Check out Pokrova’s fish fry menu on the site:


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Hans stopped by Pakrova for take out on Friday, March 18th. For $13, he got quite the haul of food:


I couldn’t take a bite and the smell alone was killing me. I wanted to cry.


Look at those pierogies – they are obviously home made!


Here’s what he thought on his dinner:

The two pieces of fish: Hans liked that the pieces were larger than St. Columbkille’s, but thought St. Columbkille’s fish had a slightly better flavor. Hans doesn’t like tartar sauce, so he didn’t try it.

The four pierogies: those were gone before I could ask “how’s dinner”. Glistening in butter, I knew he’d love them.

The two potato pancakes: I was thinking about giving into a night of digestive pain for these. Luckily, I could practically taste them with the smell they were filling my house with. While said the prep was done right, Hans said they could have used some salt.

The bread and butter: the bread looked like a premade, pre-purchased roll. Hans ate everything else, realized he hadn’t eaten the roll and said “I’m not going to eat it – not worth the extra calories”. Feel free to comment away on this comment of his!

The applesauce: Your standard Motts’ variety.

The borsch: Beets are NOT Hans’ favorite veggie. They are one of mine however. After some inspection of the soup, I decided to try a bite figuring it was my safest option. Strangely though, the soup had a strong aroma of beef broth. I figured that couldn’t be the case – it was been served at a Lenten fish fry! Unfortunately, the soup was very thin, had no beet flavor and only benefited from the sautéed onions that were added from the pierogie prep. I don’t know much about borsch, but I didn’t need more than a bite of this one.

LONG STORY SHORT: Hans was very content after his dinner from this church. After a long day of a round of golf, fuzzing around and watching basketball for hours, he was read to fall into a food coma for the rest of the evening. Pokrova Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church‎: thank you for making my husband happy with some tasty fish fry food!

Hans had already developed a list of places – churches, restaurants, VFW halls – that he’s ready to try. He’s going to need his own food blog by the time this series is over!

Do you have a favorite spot to go for a great Friday night fish fry?

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  1. Erin says:

    Thanks to Hans for the reviews! The husband and I may have to try out the fry at Pokrova some Friday. Mmm…. pierogies and potato pancakes.

    • Jacki says:

      Definately try Pokrova’s fish fry! Way better than St. Columbkille! Order the dinner with the pierogi. You get 4 with the dinner but only 3 if you order pierogi as an extra side. We go every Friday during lent. The cabbage & noodles are very good too. Haven’t tried the potato pancakes yet. We order extra baked fish & have it the next day. It re-heats very well. You can also buy bags of the pyrogi & freeze them. We won’t go anywhere else.

  2. Tom says:

    Awesome!! I’m thrilled that I’ve inspired another fish fry and pierogi loving team to do their very own Lenten Project. There are so many places serving mediocre (I’m being nice here) fish fries, that I think people want to know where to go to get the good ones.

    Just remind Hans that Tums are an essential part of any power eater’s arsenal. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to seeing which place wins “up north.”

  3. CLEgal @ Why CLE? says:

    Personally, I love the St. Charles fish fry in Parma. Good food, well-run, and they push around a dessert cart…holla! Oh, and the pierogies at Ridgewood Inn get high marks, including from my grandpa who says they’re like his mom (who was from Poland) used to make.

  4. Jill says:

    Thanks so much for tackling the fish fries in Parma. I read Tom’s blog religiously last year, but didn’t want to drive to Akron to try them. Parma is known for its pierogis, so I’m thrilled you are reviewing the ones in Parma. I can’t wait to hear which one your husband thinks is the best.

    P.S. My brother-in-law has celiac disease, so I know exactly what you are going through. I went to a pancake breakfast at Holden Arboretum last weekend and they had gluten-free pancakes, so maybe next year some fish fries will offer gluten-free offerings. FWIW, the Donauschwaben German-American Club in Olmsted Falls offers a baked fish that is very tasty.

  5. Hungry In Cleveland says:

    I will second CLEgal (like that never happens haha) with St. Charles. I used to do service hours there in high school with my best friend (since it was her home parish) at the fish fry and their summer carnival. Hopefully I make it out there this year for fish fry 🙂

  6. Abbey says:

    I know I’m a year late to this boat but I found your blog via a “st. andrew’s fish fry review” google and I’m so glad I did!!! We are going to try Prokrova tonight…I’m a little intimidated because the entire website is in cyryllic and I am as irish-english as they come but i’m excited to try it!

  7. Denise says:

    Prokrova the fish was awful. The Pierogi needed more butter and should have had sour cream. The coleslaw was terrible. Overall bad fish fry.

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