Lent 2024: Where to find fried fish in the St. Louis area

Lent 2024: Where to find fried fish in the St. Louis area

Looking for a fish fry to satisfy your Meatless Friday needs? 5 On Your Side has you covered with our 2024 guide.

street. LOUIS – Ash Wednesday, February 14, marks the beginning of Lent, and also marks the beginning of fish fry season in the St. Louis area.

These St. Louis area organizations are offering traditional Lenten fish dinners to help you get through the 40 days and 40 nights before Easter.

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Fish fries in the St. Louis area

American Legion Post 365 – Collinsville

  • where: 1022 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, IL 62234.
  • when: 3-8pm on Fridays
  • Price per dish: From $9 to $14, cash or check only.
  • Why visit? The fish fry on Friday was highly praised by locals on social media. It uses Icelandic cod, which is frozen on the boat and shipped directly to Post 365, and its catfish are raised on Missouri farms, according to its website. Fish options include cod and shrimp sandwiches, regular or Cajun cod chops, catfish, and crab cakes. Side options include french fries, hush puppies, slaw, green beans, baked beans, and potato salad.

First Unitarian Church of St. Louis

  • where: 5007 Waterman Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • when: 5:30-7pm Friday, February 23
  • Price per dish: $10 for adults, $6 for children
  • Why visit? This “non-fish fry” features an all-vegetarian menu of falafel, hummus with pita, vegetarian chili, Mediterranean salad, macaroni and cheese, dolmades, green beans and applesauce.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church

  • where: 1910 Serbian Drive, St. Louis, MO 63128
  • when: 5-7:30 pm every Friday during Lent
  • Why visit? The Serbian Orthodox Church’s FishFest offers home-style fish dinners on real china throughout Lent. For dessert, enjoy apple bread, baklava, and other desserts. While dining, enjoy a cold Serbian beer or other cocktails from the fully stocked cash bar.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish

  • Where: 1115 South Florissant Road, St. Louis, MO 63121
  • when: 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, February 16 to March 22
  • Price per dish: $10
  • Why visit? Our Lady of Guadalupe serves Mexican dishes including fish tacos, chile rellenos, beans, rice and chips, guacamole, tostadas and ceviche. Fish offerings include catfish, cod, shrimp, bacalao (fish soup), and tilapia. Visitors can enjoy their food inside or by ordering, and those dining can enjoy traditional music and dancing.

Saint Cecilia Catholic Church

  • where: 906 Eichelberger Street, St. Louis, MO 63111
  • when: 4:30-8pm Fridays from February 23 to March 22
  • Price per dish: $15
  • Why visit? St. Cecilia’s Mexican Fried Fish offers jack salmon, cod, shrimp, chile relleno, bean tostadas, and fried cheese quesadillas. Mexican beers and margaritas are available at the cash bar. Shorten your wait time by ordering your fish dinner online from March 3-31. A limited number of online orders went on sale on February 5.

Saint Ferdinand Parish

  • where: 1765 Charbonnier Rd, Florissant, MO 63031
  • when: 3-7pm every Friday, 2:30-7pm on Good Friday
  • price: $15 to $17.25 per pound
  • Why visit? A few years ago, 5 On Your Side asked viewers on Facebook and Twitter to share their top picks for fried fish, and St. Ferdinand received more praise than anyone else. This year-round fish fry serves fried and baked cod and catfish by the pound. Parish also serves shrimp, hush puppies, cabbage slaw, and pasta with German-style sauce. Busch, Bud Light, Coke, tea and milk products are available for purchase at the bar.

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church

  • where: 8732 Magdalene Street, Brentwood, MO 63144
  • when: 4:30-7:30pm Fridays, February 16 – March 22
  • Price per dish: $8 to $15
  • Why visit? This popular St. Louis area fish fry serves up fried cod, shrimp, seafood gumbo, baked salmon, and fish tacos in the St. Mary Magdalene School gym. Those who dine can enjoy beer and margaritas. Those who choose to go drive-thru can order the family meal deal, which includes five 4-ounce fried cod fillets and two pint-sized sides for $24.

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

  • where: 12550 South Forty Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141
  • when: 4-7pm on February 23, March 1 and 8
  • Why visit? This Greek-style fried fish at St. Nicholas Family Life Center offers fried and breaded fish, spanakopita, Greek cheese, and baklava.

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