Fish Fry Alert: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is a grand, imposing edifice, strategically built up high on Polish Hill, where God can keep an eye on things.
IHM is unique for its eclectic drink menu, including free coffee and tea, and, for one U.S. dollar, water and assorted pops [sic]. I chose Faygo ginger ale, which tells the world, I’m seven-years-old, my tummy hurts, and my grandparents love me lots and lots! This particular can was from an excellent vintage: good body–ripe, round, and supple–with just a hint of nutmeg.
The fish sandwich comes in three fried rods, which look like chicken fingers, but they’re not, so don’t get excited.
Everything was delicious!
After dinner, I walked through the empty, opulent sanctuary, which made me feel like Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum. Speaking of Ben Stiller, my mother doesn’t like Meet the Parents, because Robert De Niro is so mean to Greg.
Where: 3058 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
When: Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday
Times: 3 p.m. until the fishes are gone
Menu: fish sandwiches; haluski; pierogies; potato soup; coleslaw; french fries; macaroni and cheese; water; pop; coffee/hot tea.
Jake Oresick, fish fry guy, is a native ‘Burgher and the author of The Schenley Experiment: A Social History of Pittsburgh’s First Public High School (check it!)