NatLogo-1986x1168Please join us at the Nativity Fish Fry!

Every Friday in Lent

2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23
5:30 – 7:30 pm
In the school cafeteria

Hand-breaded haddock fried fish dinners including two side choices homemade macaroni and cheese, french fries, sweet potato fries, green beans and homemade coleslaw. Price: $8.00

Fish sandwiches on bun and/or rye bread with choice of a side. Price: $7.00.

Kids Meal your choice from Italianette cheese pizza or one piece of fish includes one side choice with apple sauce. $5.00.

Additional sides and pizza: $2.00 each.

Meals include lemonade and water. Craft beer, draft beer, soda and baked goods are available for purchase.

Join us to DINE IN OR CARRY OUT!!!!

Check out what had to say about last years Nativity Fish Fry.

CINCINNATI – Each week throughout Lent we join contributor Paige Malott as she and her friends track their adventures in their Fish Fry passports. Along the way Paige will rate the offerings on a scale of one to five.

Back to school

Our week three Friday Fish Fry was one everyone had been anticipating since last year: Nativity School in Pleasant Ridge. With two terrific reviews from fellow #FFFCincy members and coveted Instagrams of the meals, we knew something special was in store.

Located just one block from Montgomery Road and Losantiville Avenue, a major intersection in the neighborhood, some of our group decided to take the METRO*Plus bus to the fry instead of battling rush hour traffic. We met up at Government Square after work and enjoyed a leisurely and scenic ride along the new route, which features limited stops for a faster journey. The best part: We were dropped off just steps from the front door of Nativity School.

Once inside, we were welcomed with some of the shortest queues in the history of fish fries. We walked right up to order and pay, and had a brief 10-minute wait to get our food. The beer and dessert lines were non-existent. What did end up being gigantic were the portions, the taste, and the value of the meal. There were also enormous round tables that comfortably fit our group of thirteen.

Claiming to have the best hand-breaded haddock in town, Nativity lives up to the hype. Perfectly crisp, evenly seasoned, and stuffed with moist, fluffy fish, the sandwich had me considering getting one more for the road. Be sure to jazz it up at the condiment table: fresh lemon and generous tartar sauce complimented the taste. Each of the side dishes looked outstanding, so of course, we had to try them all. Praises shall be sung to the mac n’ cheese, a homemade recipe baked full of cheddar goodness and topped with crunchy bread crumbs. The green beans also tasted “from scratch,” like they had been simmering in the slow cooker all day. The sweet potato fries were a welcome change from regular fries, as was the coleslaw recipe, which had a tangy sauce garnished with horseradish.

Let’s not forget about the beer

Nativity serves up $3.00 local brews from MadTree Brewing, located around the corner off of Ridge Road. All three canned beverages were a hit around our table: Happy Amber; Lift (a kolsch ale) and Spry (a seasonal pale ale).

Beer, especially craft beer, plays a significant role in how #FFFCincy selects which fish fries to visit. Churches who partner with local businesses care about supporting their community and care about what their guests are eating. Most of the high quality fish fries we have visited also served craft beer.

Over at the dessert table, Nativity eighth graders were hosting a bake sale to raise money for a trip to Chicago. Among the goods were snicker doodle cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and March Madness-themed cupcakes. I bypassed these traditional sweets for the bourbon pecan pie bar. I wasn’t the only one who fell head-over-heels for this treat; it sold out faster than some of my friends could get their meals.

TIP: At Nativity, be sure to snag your desserts before queuing for your entrée. An added delight to the evening was a Nativity parishioner who serenaded guests with his accordion. The quirky entertainment added to this fish fry’s charm, earning Nativity School 5 out of 5 in our Fish Fry Passport.

Nativity School: 5936 Ridge Ave, Cincinnati
(513) 458-6767
Fish Fry: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Friday through Lent
Cash only