Friday, March 27, 2009

Expect long lines...

Especially, if you are going to pay a visit the St. Cecelia fish fry in South St. Louis today. According to a parishioner, CNN will be shooting some video there today and throughout the weekend.

No word yet if George Clooney will be visiting any fish fries this weekend.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Long lines" is a complete understatement at St. Cecilia's Mexican Fish Fry. I really wanted to like this event, but after trying to go at 7 p.m. on 3/20/09, then finally getting takeout there on 3/27/09, I have to say that it was a complete bust. When we arrived, at 4:30 p.m., there were 160 people in line. It took us just over an hour to get our food, from which I conclude that they are only able to prepare 150 meals per hour. When we left at about 5:45 p.m. there were more than 300 people in line, prompting me to tell new arrivals that they would have a two-hour wait. (Friends later confirmed that they indeed waited that long for food.)

I was especially attracted by St. Cecelia's advance publicity about their homemade chile rellenos, which is one of my favorite dishes. Sad to report, these were the worst ones I have ever eaten. The cod was also less than satisfactory, being the kind that you apparently buy in the frozen, pre-breaded rectangles. Sides were nothing to write home about, and no baked fish option was available.

St. Cecilia's has a great press agent, but what they really need is a great process engineer to help them organize their kitchen, and a great chef to bring their food up to par.

Final grades:

Publicity - A
Food - C-
Wait - F
Entertainment - B
Atmosphere (eat-in) - C+

5:53 PM  
Blogger cb said...

Thanks for your comment, Anonymous.

I've heard a lot of different views from people and I'd suspect they were caught ready for publicity, but not ready for the eating public, which is a real trick when you're not in the restaurant business the rest of the year outside Lent.

Hopefully, this will help them get more volunteers to help out. You can't have a successful fish fry without them!

5:05 PM  

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