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 cleveland.com’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 cleveland.com site:
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?