5 Fish Fry Events To Love This Lent

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of St. Peter Catholic Church

Image courtesy of St. Pius V

The colorful boas and sugary treats of Mardi Gras have all been put away and the season of Lent is now upon us, meaning that there are fish fries to attend each Friday around St. Louis.

The tradition stems from the Catholic practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays during the Lenten season, but that certainly does not mean they are the only ones digging into delicious plates of meat-free fare each week. We rounded up five options that’ll have you looking forward to Lent at the end of every winter.

St. Cecelia
The largely Mexican parish on the south side of St. Louis has been drawing crowds for their unique riff on the traditional Friday fish fry. Rather than stick with the traditional cod and coleslaw, St. Cecelia offers Mexican dishes like chilies rellenos, bean tostadas and cheese quesadillas. Get an order of chips and pico de gallo for the table and enjoy the live mariachis and Mexican dancers. Dinner is $11 per person from 4:30pm to 8pm. 906 Eichelberger, Holy Hills, 314.351.1318.

St. Peter
“Fish Friars” come together each Friday of Lent to enjoy deep-fried and baked cod and shrimp, though regulars know that the rotating weekly specials are what keeps a line out the door. Unlike the standard fish fry, St. Peter’s delves into the many meatless options by offering entrees like fried bay scallops with a spinach soufflé, crab cakes with sweet potato patties and tuna salad stuffed tomatoes served with honey mustard glazed carrots. Embrace the charm of eating in the school cafeteria and savor the specials whipped up by the parishioners of St. Peter. Dinner is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Served from 4:30pm to 7pm. 215 N. Clay Ave., Kirkwood, 314.966.8600.

St. Ferdinand
For more than 60 years the folks at St. Ferdinand Church have been cooking up a Cajun-inspired fish fry that’s so popular they offer it year-round. Each Friday more than 40 volunteers come to help prepare the menu, with one of the most popular items being their fried catfish in a Cajun breading. Another item quick to sell out is St. Ferdinand’s basket of fish pieces that break off during the frying process. The little crispy odds and ends are sold by the pound and are great for dunking into their tangy tarter sauce. Most entrees are $11.50 per pound and sides are $1.75 per serving. During Lent, the fish fry is from 3pm to 7:30pm. 1765 Charbonier Rd., Florissant, 314.837.5799.

St. Pius V
If nostalgia has you longing for a plate of classic fried cod with homey sides, such as potato salad or macaroni and cheese, then consider checking out the fish fry at St. Pius V. Each meal is served on a china plate, comes with your choice of fish and three sides and also a homemade dessert. Check out the live Irish music from “Clan Jameson” and enjoy the good company of the parishioners at St. Pius. Dinner is $8 per plate and is from 4pm to 7:30pm. 3310 S. Grand Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.772.1525.

The Feasting Fox
If gymnasiums and parish cafeterias aren’t your idea of an ideal dining experience but you’re still feeling slightly sentimental, then consider checking out the German-inspired Lenten specials at The Feasting Fox. Sit outside on their beer garden patio and enjoy a plate of grilled yellow fin tuna with wild rice and mixes vegetables or beer-battered jumbo shrimp served with French fries and traditional cocktail sauce. The décor might be a little dated, but the staff is charming and you won’t stare at a basketball hoop while enjoying your dinner.  4200 S. Grand Blvd., Dutchtown, 314.352.3500.

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