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YUM! Fish Fry season opens in North County

Lent is here once again, NOCO fans, and you know what that means….fish fry time! Most of North County’s Catholic parishes are running fish fries again this year, along with several other churches and organizations. This is not a comprehensive list but it definitely includes the area’s best. If you know a fish fry that I left out, please add it to the comments.

Adult meal prices vary from $6.50 to $9, and may or may not include drink & dessert…

St. Ferdinand: 1735 Charbonier, 63031, 3-7:30pm
This granddaddy of NoCo fish fries, which the parish has been running for 40 years, is open year-round and always draws a huge crowd. The fish is excellent; the seamless assembly line is even more impressive! Open today for Ash Wednesday. Fried and Cajun catfish, fried and baked cod, shrimp, chicken, pie and more

Our Lady of Guadalupe: 1115 S. Florissant Rd, 63135, 4-8pm
If you like your fish with a Mexican twist, try this fish fry, which draws on the parish’s large Hispanic congregation. Fried cod, baked tilapia, fish tacos, shrimp, guacamole, clam chowder, baked apples, mac & cheese and quesadillas

Sacred Heart: 751 N. Jefferson, 63031, 4-7pm
Now in its second year, Sacred Heart’s fish fry is gaining quite a following. Open today for Ash Wednesday. Baked fish, fried fish, fried shrimp, mac and cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, french fries, green beans, salad and more

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: 3500 St. Catherine, 63033, 4-7pm
I’ve gotten LOTS of emails touting the tastiness of this fish fry. Fried Alaskan cod, poppy seed coleslaw, clam chowder, French fries, green beans & hush puppies

American Legion #444: 17090 Old Jamestown, 63034, 4-7pm
Open since January, this fish fry offers a serene setting in the woods! Fish by the pound, plate or sandwich, plus spaghetti, baked beans, coleslaw and hush puppies

Holy Trinity: 3500 St. Luke, 63074, 4-7pm
Another parish with a growing Hispanic congregation, this fish fry used to feature handmade chile rellenos! I’m not sure they’ll be back this year but the menu is pretty extensive nonetheless. Grilled salmon, fried and baked cod, grilled cheese, fried catfish, grilled and fried shrimp, spaghetti, mac & cheese and applesauce

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: 1050 Smith Ave, 63135, 4-7pm
Drive-thru service is the big draw here, but you can also eat in. I’ve enjoyed this fish fry many times. Open today for Ash Wednesday. Cod, shrimp, catch of the day, two soups, pizza and more

Holy Name of Jesus: 10235 Ashbrook Dr, 63137, 3:30-6:30pm
The former St. Jerome parish supposedly serves up very good fish. Open today for Ash Wednesday. Baked or fried cod, spaghetti, green beans, coleslaw and French fries

Knights of Columbus #2951: 50 St. Francois, 63031, 3:30-7pm
The menu is simple but these guys are old pros, running their fish fry year round. Battered cod, jumbo shrimp, spaghetti, mac & cheese, green beans

Florissant General Baptist Church: 424 Graham Road, 63031, 4-7pm
Generosity is a core value at this church, where you’ll also find the Gospel Garage. That’s probably why $9 gets you all you can eat at their fish fry. Catfish, cod, chicken, hush puppies, fries, green beans, coleslaw & dessert

In search of North County fish fries…

A big thank you to reader Joanne for reminding me what cherished annual tradition is right around the corner…fish fry time!  I posted a round-up of ten area fish fries last year, and ended up trying quite a few of them, but I’m still on the hunt for North County’s finest.

According to Joanne, Sacred Heart parish in Florissant is launching its first ever fish fry this year, with an enticingly upscale menu. Choose from freshly baked fish, fried fish, fried shrimp, homemade mac and cheese, Napa cabbage coleslaw, applesauce, french fries, fresh green beans, and salad, as well as ice tea, beer, wine and desserts. Open on Ash Wednesday, March 9, Good Friday, March 11, and every Friday during Lent, 3-7pm @ 751 North Jefferson Street, 63031. Takeout or dine-in.

Know any other good NoCo fish fries I should check out? Here’s a chance to promote your favorite church or organization…

It’s Fish Fry Time in NoCo!

Mark you calendars! For the next five weeks, there's a fish fry every Friday.

Having grown up Catholic, I’ve attended my fair share of Lenten fish fries, and one thing is certain: not all fish fries are created equally! I’m still lamenting the sad little cod square I got several years ago at one church. Fortunately, I’ve also enjoyed a number of home-style fish fries in North County, where every fillet is hand-breaded and actually looks like a fillet, and where even the side dishes have been lovingly prepared.

With Lent just starting, I haven’t been able to personally test every one of these fish fries, so I’m relying on the recommendations of NOCO readers in many cases. This is by no means a comprehensive list of every Friday night fish fry in the area, but I think it represents some of the best. Prices average $7-8 per adult meal, plus drinks and dessert.

St. Ferdinand: 1735 Charbonier, 63031, 3-7pm
This granddaddy of NoCo fish fries, which the parish has been running for 40 years, is open year-round and always draws a huge crowd. The fish is excellent; the seamless assembly line is even more impressive! Fried and Cajun catfish, fried and baked cod, shrimp, chicken, pie and more

Our Lady of Guadalupe: 1115 S. Florissant Rd, 63135, 11am-2pm, 3:30-7pm
If you like your fish with a Mexican twist, try this fish fry, which draws on the parish’s large Hispanic congregation and is also open for lunch. Fried cod, baked tilapia, fish tacos, shrimp, guacamole, clam chowder, baked apples, mac & cheese and quesadillas

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: 3500 St. Catherine, 63033, 4-7pm
I’ve gotten LOTS of emails touting the tastiness of this fish fry. Fried Alaskan cod, poppy seed coleslaw, clam chowder, French fries, green beans & hush puppies

American Legion #444: 17090 Old Jamestown, 63034, 4-7pm
Open since January, this fish fry offers a serene setting in the woods! Fish by the pound, plate or sandwich, plus spaghetti, baked beans, coleslaw and hush puppies

Holy Trinity: 3500 St. Luke, 63074, 4-7pm
Another parish with a growing Hispanic congregation, this fish fry features handmade chile rellenos!! Grilled salmon, fried and baked cod, grilled cheese, fried catfish, grilled and fried shrimp, spaghetti, mac & cheese and applesauce

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: 1050 Smith Ave, 63135, 4-7pm
Drive-thru service is the big draw here, but you can also eat in. I’ve enjoyed this fish fry many times. Cod, shrimp, catch of the day, two soups, pizza and more

St. Andrew United Methodist: 3975 N. Lindbergh, 63034, 4:30-7pm
Fried fish, baked chicken, spaghetti, coleslaw, baked beans and hush puppies

Holy Name of Jesus: 10235 Ashbrook Dr, 63137, 3:30-6:30pm
Baked or fried cod, spaghetti, green beans, coleslaw and French fries

St. Ann: 7532 Natural Bridge, 63121, 5-7pm
Baked or fried cod, shrimp, coleslaw, salad and spaghetti

Knights of Columbus #2951: 50 St. Francois, 63031, 3:30-7pm
Battered cod, jumbo shrimp, spaghetti, mac & cheese, green beans

If you try any of these fish fries, I’d love to hear what you think! Happy eating!