Fish Fry: St. Bernard in Mt. Lebanon
Jake Oresick, fish fry guy, is a native ‘Burgher and radio historian (check it!). Jake is fish frying it up and letting us know what is good.
This is South Hills traffic.
If you can get there before morning, St. Bernard Parish has beer and a projector screen showing March Madness. You’ll appreciate both when you’re waiting in the line, which—yes, I know, I always say the lines are long—starts at a different fish fry two miles away.
A nun took my order, and, as I’d never seen a real nun before, defied my preconceptions.
She was young and affable, with a subtle and curious accent (Czech, or Slovak, or upper tip of Baldwin). The extensive menu had homemade gumbo, and specials like crab cakes or pasta fra diavolo. I ordered fish tacos, an odd choice since I don’t like them.
Luckily, the meal was in Instagram. Thus, it felt like eating classy fish tacos from the olden times, when food, groups of girlfriends, and the New York skyline were pleasantly blurry.
The tacos were good, with a spicy, toothsome aftertaste resulting from . . . spices. IDK. I’m not one of those food snobs who always knows exactly what I’m eating.
I also had other stuff.
Where: 311 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15216
When: Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday
Times: 4-7:30 p.m.
Menu: fried and baked fish dinners and sandwiches; fried shrimp dinner, macaroni and cheese dinners, pizza, fish tacos. Weekly special menus includes crab cakes, pasta and shrimp, pasta fra diavolo with shrimp, pasta with sautéed garlic, pine nuts and tomato sauce. Also featuring homemade gumbo and salads. Cost: dinner, $9; sandwiches, $7; weekly specials, $9.