When looking for fish fry suggestions to go with the ones found on the cleveland.com’s 2011 Northeast Ohio Fish Fry Guide, I stumbled upon the WTAM 1100 Fish Fry Guide. Another search of the word “Parma” lead me to recommend Hans’ next stop on his fish fry challenge: St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.
As Broadview Road has plenty of churches to keep us going, we chose St. Sava partly because it was so close to the previous two fish fry locations he tried. Located at the corner of Broadview and Ridgewood Roads, the church is hard to miss – it is a cathedral, after all:
Check out St. Sava’s fish fry menu on the WTAM site:
(image c/o wtam.com. I’m wondering if those dates are correct…)
Hans stopped by St. Sava for take out around 5:30PM on Friday, March 25th. For $7.50, he got the standard meal with no add-ons:
Under those fries was a large piece of fried fish:
A close up on the meal:
A photo for size comparison of the fish to the carry out box:
Here’s what he thought on his dinner from St. Sava:
The piece of fish: In comparison to the previous two weeks, he was happy to see such a large piece of fish. Unfortunately, the fish had a very strong “fishy” taste – no good in this household. He was pretty sure it was cod, which is unfortunately not his fish of choice. Overall, he liked the taste of St. Columbkille’s the best so far.
The french fries: These were definitely better than the ones served at St. Columbkille: I base conclusion on the fact that Hans ate all of these from St. Sava. He kept saying “they are crinkle cut”, but wouldn’t say if that was a good or bad thing. Hans’ potato side of choice is still the potato pancakes from Pokrova.
The bread: The bread looked to be homemade, which earned bonus points compared to those options from previous weeks. He took a bite and said “I think it’s potato bread”. He was it was “good” but again didn’t want to fill up on “empty calories”. This from the guy who tried to break the record at Mongolian BBQ for most bowls eaten in one trip…
The slaw: Hans – the consummate cabbage hater – left this side for me. Vinegar based instead of mayo based, I appreciated this option of coleslaw. It would have been a nice compliment to the rest of the meal. The slaw was good, but nothing to flip out about.
The soup: This soup was a thick veggie soup – almost chowder like – with an emphasis on potato and peas for thickener. Another nice veggie option to the meal, the soup was good with the addition of some salt and pepper.
Additional notes: Hans was impressed by the speediness of the kitchen staff at St. Sava, as well as their portion size for the price. He was moderately hungry, but didn’t have to order additional sides to fill his belly.
LONG STORY SHORT: Overall, St. Sava did an admirable job this Friday evening. Hans appreciated a lot about this meal, but ultimately was bummed that the potential star of the fish fry – that fried cod – was such a let down. Unfortunately, speedy service & good portions don’t ensure an out-of-this-world meal.
Admitting that he hasn’t been blown away yet, Hans and I are still on the search for the best fish fry south of I-480! Next week, blogger friend Tom from Exploring Food My Way will be headed up our way as we join fish fry forces. What will happen when Akron and Parma combine? Looks like you have SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!