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Family, friends, and community. Nothing screams all three like a good old fashioned fish fry. Fish fry’s bring people together.  In the Pittsburgh metro, and throughout the country, especially during Lent, you can find them in churches, community centers, social clubs, etc.  They raise money for good causes, nourish, and provide a great atmosphere to bring together family and friends.

Fish, in itself, is one of the most healthy foods on the planet.  From its rich protein, high omega 3 fatty acids, and abundant sources of vitamin D, it’s literally, arguably one of the healthiest foods one can eat.  Sure, I know a lot of times it’s fried, but most will tell you, it’s quite a treat.  The Aliquippa Croation Center has been pumping out their famous fish on Fridays for years, not just during Lent.  They use a special, batter dipped recipe.  Let’s take a look at why you should take a voyage to Aliquippa on Friday to try this amazing fish. It has to be on your “to-do list.”  Let’s take a further look.

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First things first. Quality food comes from quality ingredients.  A long time friend and foreman in the carpenter’s union, local 432, Mike O. Runyon quoted, “When ordering fish, you should always look for cod.” I’m not saying haddock or other types of fish are bad, but cod is the filet mignon of fish. It’s the cleanest cut, pure white meat.  The “Cro Club” uses a great cut of fish.  They use their own batter-dipped secret recipe.  It’s crunchy, light, but intense with flavor.  Fried to perfection, it’s not too greasy, but very juicy.  You get a great size portion. For some, it may be two meals, and the fries ain’t bad either.  You can get a fish dinner with sides for a reasonable price, or keep it simple and get a fish sandwich with fries for just over $10.00.

The Aliquippa Croation Club also has a newly remodeled banquet and social hall.  I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life, but your money would go a long way if you chose to have a smaller wedding reception, party, or event here.  The food is good, the drink prices are reasonable, and there’s plenty of parking in the area.  The social club is known for hospitable members, a welcoming atmosphere, and some of the best drink prices around.

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I was picking up fish on one cold, brisk winter afternoon in “America’s County”, and a gentleman was there from the South Hills.  He was doing a job in Beaver County and stopped for lunch.  I can’t quote him, however, he mentioned something along the lines of, “I’m from the South Hills, where Dorido’s is famous for fish.”  Typically, the lines are forever, he mentioned, but “this fish is just as good.” If you talk to anyone from around the area, they will say the same. You can’t go wrong with fish from the Cro Club.

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As always, my final take. The bottom line is the Cro Club has been pumping out delicious fish for a very long time.  If you’re looking for a great fish fry at reasonable prices, you won’t be disappointed.  You can’t say enough about the quality people that volunteer their time to make the whole operation a success.  It’s ethnic clubs like these that maintains the strong cultural pride of the Steely City, especially here in Beaver County. Bon Apetit!

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Eric Fontana
Eric is a 2001 graduate of Hopewell High School and a 2005 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys physical fitness, golf, networking, meeting new people, and dining in Beaver County’s finest establishments. Eric lives a fast paced lifestyle and is always out and about looking for new experiences.