Fish Fry Fridays: See The Restaurants Serving Up Fish In Observance Of Lent

Several restaurants are baiting customers who observe Lent with a smorgasbord of seafood specials. The fish fare is most prevalent on Fridays leading up to Easter, a time when many...

Several restaurants are baiting customers who observe Lent with a smorgasbord of seafood specials.

The fish fare is most prevalent on Fridays leading up to Easter, a time when many Catholics forgo meat. Some restaurants and churches have Fish Fry Fridays or Fish Frydays.

Ash Wednesday marked the start of Christian Lent and restaurants from fast-food chains to fine-dining establishments have expanded deep-sea menus for the season.

Lent is a six-week period of fasting, self-sacrifice and prayer observed by Christians each year to prepare for the celebration of Easter, when they believe Christ rose from the dead.

Here are the limited-time menu items and some popular year-round options, which are available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out.

Seafood specials

A&W: The chain has Pub Style Cod and Shrimp Baskets.

Arby’s: For a limited time, get two fish sandwiches for $5.

Bakers Square: The chain’s seasonal menu includes Fish ‘n Chips, Seared Salmon and Lemon Butter Tilapia.  On Fridays for a limited time from 5 to 9 p.m., there’s an All You Can Eat Friday Fish Fry where for $12 you can get golden-battered cod served with creamy tartar sauce, seasoned French fries and choice of coleslaw or fresh fruit.

Bojangles’: The BojAngler Fish Sandwich & Platter returns to participating Bojangles’ restaurants through April 21 or while supplies last. Many locations will offer two BojAngler sandwiches for $5.

Bonefish Grill: Starting March 8, get the Angler’s Catch on Fish Frydays served every Friday during lent with “tempura-style, hand-battered crispy cod, sea scallops and shrimp served on a bed of French fries with house-made coleslaw and a side of cocktail and tartar sauce for under $20.”

Boston Market: For a limited time on Fridays, the chain has a Baked Cod meal.


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Burger King: Big Fish sandwiches are now included in the chain’s two for $6 mix or match special for a limited time. Options include: Whopper, Crispy Chicken, Spicy Crispy Chicken and the Big Fish Sandwich.

Captain D’s: Through April 28, choose from the Giant Fish Sandwich or two North Atlantic Lobster Rolls for $3.99. A side and drink can be added for $1.79 more.

Chick-fil-A: The chicken chain’s Fish Sandwich is on sale now at select restaurants until April 20, the day before Easter. The starting price is $3.55.

Chipotle: The fast-casual Mexican chain has expanded its Lifestyle Bowls with meatless “plant-powered” options. Plant-Powered bowls are the first extensions in the brand’s Lifestyle Bowl offering, which launched earlier this year with Keto, Paleo, Whole30 and double protein diet-approved menu options, the company said in a statement.

Church’s Chicken: For a limited time, the chain has a $5 Pick-Your-Platter with three options: Garlic Butter Shrimp Platter, Shrimp ‘n’ Tenders Platter and the Crispy Fish Platter.

Cotton Patch Cafe: For a limited time, “All You Can Eat Catfish Frydays” are back. For $13.99, get made-to-order crispy catfish fillets served over fries with jalapeno hushpuppies and two tradition sides.

Culver’s: The chain outlined six meatless options, including North Atlantic Cod, Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp Value Basket, soups, sides and the seasonal Northwoods Walleye.

Dairy Queen: Wild Alaskan Pollock Sandwich and Popcorn Shrimp Basket are “back for the season,” the chain says on its website.

Del Taco: For a limited time, get two of Del Taco’s Beer Battered Fish Tacos for $4 at locations nationwide. Price and participation may vary by location.

El Pollo Loco: The chain has shrimp specials like shrimp tacos and shrimp and avocado enchilada platters.

Golden Chick: For a limited time, the chain has a Southern Fried Catfish Combo, which includes two pieces of catfish, fries, coleslaw, a yeast roll and a 20-ounce drink for $7.99.

Logan’s Roadhouse: Seasonal specials include many seafood dishes like Tex-Mex Tilapia.

Max & Erma’s: A seasonal seafood menu is available through April 28.

McDonald’s: The Filet-O-Fish is available daily at the fast-food chain.

Morton’s The Steakhouse: For a limited time on every Friday during Lent, Morton’s is offering Twin Lobster Tails for $39. Reservations are required, and the offer is available from 5 p.m. to close Fridays through April 12.

Nathan’s Famous: The new grouper sandwich is available at participating locations, for a limited time.

Noodles & Company: Zucchini Shrimp Scampi and Penne Rosa with shrimp are two limited-time options.

Panda Express: Wok-Fired Shrimp is available for a limited time and the “lent-approved dish marries seared premium shrimp and fresh cut vegetables together in a sweet, savory,” the company said.

Popeyes: For a limited time, get a $5 Southern Butterfly Shrimp meal, which comes with eight butterfly shrimp “marinated in traditional Louisiana seasonings.”

Quiznos: Lobster and seafood subs are back for a limited time.

Red Lobster: Lobsterfest is back for a limited time and the seafood chain has its largest selection of lobster dishes available all year. Also for a limited time on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., get the Ultimate Lobster Roll and Bisque for $15.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Starting March 6 and through Easter, the Italian restaurant chain will have a Fresh Catch menu with two fish dishes: the Italian Fish Fry for $20, which is beer battered sole, shrimp and calamari, and the Grilled Fish Feast, a mahi-mahi filet, served with shrimp and scallop spiedini for $25.

Roy Rogers: Through May 5, get the Wild Pacific Cod Sandwich for $4.99 or the Wild Pacific Cod Platter for $7.99, which includes two cod portions and two sides.

Taco Bueno: Shrimp Tacos are available for a limited time.

Taco Cabana: The Texas-based chain has new Crispy Fish Tacos for $2.99 each or two for $5.69.

Taco John’s: Fish Tacos and Shrimp Street Tacos are back for a limited time.

Wendy’s: The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is back for a limited time and starts at $3.99.

Wienerschnitzel: Fish ‘n Chips are available for the season.

White Castle: Fish Nibblers, Shrimp Nibblers, Fish Slider and the Seafood Crab Cake Slider are part of the chain’s limited-time special menu.

Source: Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY

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