Let’s get right to the point. The South Saint Paul VFW fish fry is fantastic. The all-you-can eat pollock, dipped in the best tartar sauce in the state, is pure magic. If you like fish, and grew up in South Saint Paul or Inver Grove Heights, you know what we’re talking about. While the SSP VFW Fish Fry may not make all those best fish fry in Minnesota lists, our opinion is that it’s the best fish fry in the Twin Cities during Lent. Is it the SSP VFW fish fry the best fish fry in the state? That’s just too hard to say, because we simply haven’t been to many fish fry’s outside the Twin Cities metro area.
We could get into the many reasons why the SSP VFW fish fry is the best fish fry in the Twin Cities, but we just suggest you go there and try it for yourself. This online review, however, summed up the SSP VFW Fish Fry and the many volunteers and hardworking people who make it happen, best:
“The men and ladies come in two days prior to start the made from scratch tartar sauce, baked beans, and coleslaw. One day prior the frozen fish is thawed in milk vats to make it tender and sweet. And the potatoes are peeled, cut and nursed in butter and parsley. The fish is lightly coated and fried for a nice crisp crust. The mac and cheese is cooked. The sides are plenty.
After the fry is done, The greatest generation gathers at the bar, tired, some exhausted, yet happy for their efforts, as all profits are donated back to various local non-profits, primarily school arts and sports. I like to treat a few of them to a drink of their choice, which is usually blackberry brandy.”
But be prepared – others do already consider the SSP VFW fish fry the best fish fry in the Twin Cities, and lines can get long on Friday nights during Lent. We’re talking wrap around the dining room, through the bar and out the door long. So show up early, or head on down for lunch, or get it to go (the to-go line also gets long, but moves fast). If lines aren’t your thing, then head across the border of SSP to Inver Grove Heights and check out the 10 best places to get fish in Inver Grove Heights during Lent.
Here is all you need to know about the SSP VFW Fish Fry:
South St. Paul VFW Fish Fry
When: Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. through April 14
Lunch: Features all-you-can-eat pollock, fried potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, French bread.
Dinner: Features all-you-can-eat pollock, baked beans, parsley-buttered potatoes, macaroni and cheese, French bread.
Cost: The all-you-can-eat lunch is $10, all-you-can-eat dinner is $12 and fish-only takeout is $9 (takeout also includes sides and options to buy additional sides).
Location: 111 S. Concord Exchange, South St. Paul, MN 55075
Additional info: The SSP VFW now accepts debit and credit cards (Visa, Discover, MasterCard). They also have free Wi-Fi available.