Fish Fry Alert: St Ferdinand Church, Cranberry Township
St. Ferdinand Church in Cranberry Township, Butler County, is like an exotic fish fry resort, where they lavish you with gifts and bus your table when you’re done. Accordingly, every single one of its 10,000 parishioners was in line.
One reason for the hysteria is stickers. Every customer gets fish fry-themed stickers to stick to their lapel, or their Trapper Keeper ™, or all over an important report that their mother or father wrote for work. Low on sticker money? God will provide. The stickers you seek are free.
The best bread I’ve had at any fish fry, St. Ferdinand’s uses fresh sub rolls from Nappies in North Fayette Township for their fish sandwiches. As side dishes, I had applesauce and macaroni and cheese.
Let’s learn a little something while we eat. This church is named for Fernando III of Castile, an extremely pious king who founded hospitals, universities, and churches, but also led bloody crusades.
Then I had the seafood chowder, and they offer a different soup each week.
Thirsty? They’ve got lemonade, fruit punch, and water. But put away that sticker-covered dollar bill, because drinks are free.
Dessert is a delicious brownie à la mode, with ice cream from the nearby Ice Box Creamery. This can’t also be free, can it?
No. But also yes. I mean, it comes with the purchase of a meal. So yes.
Where: 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
When: Fridays of Lent
Times: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (except Good Friday, when it’s 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Menu: fish sandwiches; cheese pizza; haluski; coleslaw; french fries; macaroni and cheese; applesauce; green beans; soup of the week; water; lemonade; fruit punch; brownie à la mode.
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!)