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A Lenten Tradition

Here's where to fill up on fish and more this season.

From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, religiously devout Tri-State residents will refrain from eating meat on Fridays while observing Lent. Although Lenten traditions vary between Christian denominations, no-meat Fridays are common, and so are regular fish fries. The weeks leading up to Easter are filled with these community gatherings focused on fish and fellowship. Here are a few in the Evansville area, plus a few restaurants that keep fish on the menu all year.

St. Benedict Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Ave., has a fish fry scheduled for 4:30-7 p.m. every Lenten Friday starting Feb. 16, with fish dinners served to adults for $15, children 6-12 years old for $5, and children under 6 for free. Carry-out dinners are available.

Head to Germania Maennerchor, 920 N. Fulton Ave., on March 8 for a $13 plate featuring two breaded and deep-fried filets, potato salad from Nisbet Inn, coleslaw, baked beans, and rye bread. This fish fry runs 5:30-7:30 p.m.

St. Boniface Parish will offer drive-thru and dine-in options at its annual fish fries on March 1 and 15 at its Saint Agnes campus, 1620 Glendale Ave. From 4:30 to 7 p.m., patrons can feast on fried fish, mac and cheese, potato wedges, coleslaw, a drink, and dessert for $13 per person.

St. Wendel Catholic Church’s fish fry at the Knights of St. John Home, 11714 Winery Road, Wadesville, Indiana, is slated for 5-7 p.m. Feb. 16 and March 22. For $13, diners can dine in, drive-thru, or carry out a full plate of fried fish, potato salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, grilled cheese, and cornbread.Children’s plates cost $6.

Switch things up with a shrimp boil 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 5528 Hogue Road. Throw in potatoes, corn, and sides like green beans and cornbread. Plates start at $13 and are cash and drive-thru only. Don’t forget the Cajun dipping sauce!

St. Clement Catholic Parish, 422 E. Sycamore St., Boonville, Indiana, will hold a fish fry every Friday during Lent — except Good Friday — with fried or baked fish fillets, cornbread, slaw, sides including choices of potato salad, green beans, baked beans or macaroni and cheese, and a homemade dessert. Plates cost $15 for adults and $6 for children 12 years and younger. Dine-in and carry-out are available.

The Lent-long Friday fish fry at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, 625 Frame Road, Newburgh, Indiana, features fried or grilled fish options, grilled shrimp (when available), cheese pizza, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, and dessert. Dine-in or carryout dinners cost $13 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12 and are free for children under age 3. St. John will offer a nightly half-pot raffle.

Resurrection Catholic Church, 5301 New Harmony Road, offers fish sandwiches, chips, and dessert for $7 drive-thru only from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Two days later, patrons — dine-in, carryout, and drive-thru — can fill up on fried fish, mac and cheese, sweet and sour coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, and dessert for $13 each.

On Feb. 23 and March 15, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 918 W. Mill Road, serves up fried fish, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, slaw, cheddar biscuits, dessert, and a drink for $10 per person. Dine-in and drive-thru are available.

Saint James Catholic Church, at 12300 County Road 50 in Haubstadt, Indiana, offers baked or fried Alaskan pollock, grilled cheese, German potato salad, baked beans, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, dessert, and a drink. Adults can eat for $14; children’s plates cost $7. Dine-in and carryout are available.

The Men’s Club of St. Philip Catholic Church, 3500 St. Philip Road S., Mount Vernon, Indiana, hosts a fish fry March 22 that includes baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and cornbread.

Over in Posey County, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 421 Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, Indiana, holds its Feb. 16 and March 15 fish fries from 5 to 7 p.m. Put on by the St. Matthew Men’s Club, the menu includes fried fish, coleslaw, hush puppies, fries, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and cheese pizza. Plates are $12 for adults and $8 for kids.

Observing Lent while dining at a restaurant? Major Munch, 101 N.W. First St., Suite 100, does a brisk lunch business and serves a deep-fried catfish sandwich each weekday, in addition to a shrimp sandwich and catfish shrimp po’boy.

Comfort by the Cross-Eyed Cricket, 230 Main St., offers fried catfish fillets, Atlantic salmon, and Icelandic cod starting at $16 for lunch and dinner.

Diners at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, 6401 E. Lloyd Expressway, Ste. 3, can select from sea scallop risotto, Dijon salmon, parmesan-crusted tilapia, crab-stuffed cod, and seafood-based entrees.

Fish dinners are a menu staple at St. Phillip’s Inn, 11200 Upper Mount Vernon Road. Catfish sandwiches can be had for $9.49. Catfish steaks start at $11.49; add a second filet for $2.50. All fish dinners are served with two sides and cornbread.

At The Tin Fish, 707 State St., Newburgh, Indiana, patrons can tuck into platters of mixed fish including salmon, swordfish, tilapia, trout, or walleye.

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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