The line begins at 6 p.m. for Fish Fry Friday at St. Catherine of Siena Parish

North Texas Catholic
(Mar 5, 2024) Local

Bob Moses and John Sullivan monitor the baking of fish at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Carrollton's Friday Fish Fry on Feb. 29, 2024. (NTC/Brenda Rayney)

CARROLLTON — Fish Fry Friday is a well-oiled machine at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Carrollton. Council 13408 of the Knights of Columbus has been at this for a few years — so long that no one could remember when they started — and the members know their roles. On a recent Friday, Knight greeters opened the doors promptly at 6 p.m. to a line of hungry diners, many of whom were repeat customers.

Brian Duhon, who moved to the parish approximately six years ago with a background in the food industry, oversees the operation. The kitchen crew fries, bakes, and mixes to feed approximately 125 diners weekly during the Lenton season. 

Catch of the Day: Fried or baked swai — the fish is fried to perfection under the watchful eye of Randy Bastastini while Bob Moses and John Sullivan oversee the Parmesan-crusted baked fish, using a special family recipe from Moses’ family.

Fried shrimp — much like the swai, the fry team kept the supply coming as quickly as possible.

Brian Duhon pulls fish from the fryer at Carrollton's St. Catherine of Siena Parish Friday Fish Fry on Feb. 29, 2024. (NTC/Brenda Rayney)

The sides and how they rate: French fries — these waffle fries were comparable to a major chicken chain. They are a big hit. 

Coleslaw — served from a giant mixing bowl, the multi-colored cabbage slaw was expertly tossed in a mayo-based dressing with just the right amount of crunch. 

Mac & cheese — a standout, especially with the youngsters. This was the only item that seemed to be in short supply — no doubt due to its popularity.

Hushpuppies — both the plain and jalapeño-stuffed puppies were little balls of fried cornbread goodness. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside; they were the perfect complement to the meal.

Corn nuggets and green beans — vegetables are a must for a balanced meal, and the Knight’s menu gives you two. Corn nuggets are small bites of yellow kernels packed in a cornmeal batter and then fried. The green beans weren’t fancy, but they were a green oasis amongst the fried foods.

Dessert — cupcakes, cookies, and brownies were available on a table for self-service. There was no shortage of sweet treats for an after-dinner bite.

The vibe of the crowd: Family-friendly. Families brought everyone from grandparents to little ones. Plates were loaded with food, and the consensus was that this spot was the best deal in town. Several compared their meal to being a better value than going to any local fast food chain.

Parishioners join a food line for the plentiful amount of sides at Carrollton's St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Friday Fish Fry on Feb. 29, 2024. (NTC/Brenda Rayney)

Other observations: Greeters welcomed and directed visitors to the station where two Knights accepted cash or credit cards for payment. Diners were given a ticket and directed to the food line where they turned in their ticket and servers filled their plates. The line moved quickly, and food was replenished frequently so it was always hot. For those who want meals to go, the team is prepared with boxes, containers, and bags for carryout. 

Word to the wise, if you drive to the church, you might as well come inside and enjoy the fellowship of sharing a hot meal straight from the Knights’ kitchen.

The particulars: 

  • St. Catherine of Siena
  • Knights of Columbus Fish Fry held every Friday in Lent in Assisi Hall on the Church campus
  • 1705 E Peters Colony Rd, Carrollton, TX 75007
  • (972) 492-3237

Meal Cost:

Adults: $12 
Children under 10 years of age: $7 

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