Fish Fry Stop #4: St. Stephen Martyr

The most recent stop on the fish fry tour took us to St. Stephen Martyr near the Audubon Park neighborhood.

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This was our first stop on the tour that took place in a school gym, our first of three upcoming stops that are like this.  This is the typical setup that you find in Louisville:  fish fries held in cafeteria gyms.  The most popular fish fries tend to be at parishes where there is a flourishing elementary school, as families will go to those fish fries together.

Our crew was fortunate to make it on a night with a special on side items:  $1 per side item.   As promised, I finally tried the rolled oysters.  Quite tasty, but definitely something I had never tried before.  Inside the rolled oyster was a breading similar to what you’d find in a hush puppy with three oysters.  Add some cocktail sauce, and these are a must have.

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As with other fish fries, I also got the chance to participate in some of the side activities.  This week, I tried the cake/cookie wheel.  A popular fundraiser at the St. Joseph’s Orphan Picnic in August, the cake wheel makes many appearances at parish events.  The concept is simple:  place a dime on a number that you think the wheel (this one made from an old bicycle wheel) will stop on.  At the time that I played, you were allowed to place your dime on the corners of numbers you thought would win.  Thus, your chances of winning would improve from 1 in 100 to 1 in about 64.  I played these numbers each time, and eventually won a box of red velvet cookies:

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This was also our second straight fish fry with live music, which helped liven up the environment.  There was also a raffle for a “meat basket” (not to be eaten on Friday, of course!) where you could win a basket of fine meats from nearby Frank’s Meat and Produce.  I wasn’t a winner that day, but it might be worth a stop in the future.

Fish Fry Stop #4: St. Stephen Martyr

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