Dozens of St. Louis parishes host Friday fish fries during Lent. There are so many to choose from, it can be hard to know where to go if you want to venture out of your own neighborhood. Here are three local fish fries that offer something a little extra. Give one or all of them a try this year.
Fish fries are a Lenten tradition in St. Louis and have been for many years. To learn more how they came about, read these articles on: Why Catholics Don't Eat Meat on Fridays During Lent and Your Questions About Lent Answered
1765 Charbonier Road, (314) 837-3165, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The parishioners at St. Ferdinand know how to do a fish fry the right way. That's because they do it all year long, not just during the few weeks of Lent. The North County parish has been serving fried fish to hungry visitors for more than 60 years. The menu includes cod, catfish and jumbo shrimp. Fish is $12 a pound. Shrimp cost $1 per piece. Sides are green beans, slaw, french fries, hush puppies and spaghetti. For dessert, there's a variety of cakes, pies and ice cream. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
5418 Louisiana Avenue, (314) 351-1318, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (except Good Friday)
St. Cecilia's is probably the one local fish fry where most people don't go for the fish. Instead, they line up for the chile rellenos, tostados, fried cheese quesadillas and tamales. St. Cecilia's is known for its Mexican offerings, but it also has tasty cod, shrimp and jack salmon.
Side dishes include mac & cheese, french fries, cole slaw, rice and refried beans. Each $12 dinner comes with two entree options, two sides and lemonade. Mexican beer, margaritas and desserts are available for an additional cost. Credit cards are accepted for orders over $10. St. Cecilia's is also offering online ordering on select Fridays to help reduce long lines and wait times.
3310 South Grand, (314) 772-1525, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (except Good Friday)
Another good option at a great price is St. Pius V on South Grand. This popular fish fry offers full dinners for $8 and half-dinners for just $4. A full dinner includes fish (fried or baked cod, fried catfish) and three side dishes. Options for sides are potato salad, cole slaw, mac & cheese, green beans or apple sauce. Half dinners includes a smaller portion of fish and two sides. Beer and soda are available for an additional cost.
No matter which fish fry you decide to try this week, for the best experience, arrive early and be prepared for a bit of a wait. In the end, it will be well worth it.