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Churches, restaurants start Friday fish fries this week in observance of Lent (495 hits)

Lent is under way, and that means fish fries and Lenten restaurant specials are popping up everywhere. Around the metro area, plenty of churches (especially Catholic) and fraternal organizations such as the Knights of Columbus have fish fries. Prices are generally reasonable and most benefit programs offered by the churches and organizations.

Restaurants ramp it up, too, with Lenten dinners and fish specials on Fridays, when many diners are avoiding meat.

Here's a sampling of what to expect. The Detroit Archdiocese has a listing of area churches that have fish fries at www.DetroitCatholic.com/FishFry. Although the O’Kelly Knights of Columbus in Dearborn is up for sale, it will continue with its fish fries on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.



• First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Seventh, Royal Oak. Fish fry is 4:30-7 p.m. March 15, March 29 and April 12. Atlantic cod and walleye available served with choice of potato, coleslaw, rolls, butter, beverage and pie. Petite, full portion or all-you-can-eat options are available. .

• National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, 2100 W. Twelve Mile, Royal Oak.
Breaded baked cod dinners with pasta, coleslaw and a roll will be served 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays through April 12 in the elementary school gym. Pasta dinners are also available. http://www.shrinechurch.com/.

• St. Gabriel’s Parish and St. Joseph Church, 8295 Van Aiken, Ida. All-you-can-eat lake perch and shrimp with scalloped potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, roll and dessert will be served in the St. Joseph Hall 4-7:30 p.m. on Fridays during Lent.

• St. Veronica's Church, 21440 Universal Drive, Eastpointe. The Men's Club Lenten Fish Fry is 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays through Good Friday. Fish is served fried or baked. The meal also includes french fries or baked potatoes and an all-you-can-eat soup, salad and pasta bar. Desserts and soft drinks are additional.

• Sweetest Heart of Mary, 4440 Russell St., Detroit. The meal includes baked pollack, fried shrimp, baked lemon cod or beer-battered cod with choice of potato or mac-and-cheese, coleslaw, bread and coffee. Pierogi dinners, potato pancakes and homemade soup are also available.


Restaurant specials

• Einstein Bros.Bagels: Supernova Lox ($7.49) is on the menu for a limited time. It’s cold-smoked Atlantic salmon served with on a sesame bagel with an onion-and-chive schmear, sliced tomato, avocado, cucumber, red onion and capers.

• Romano’s Macaroni Grill: The new Fresh Catch menu features two fish dishes available through April 21. The Italian Fish Fry features Peroni beer-battered sole, shrimp and calamari served with rosemary-citrus potatoes and house-made dipping sauces. The grilled fish feast is a mahi-mahi fillet, served with shrimp and scallop spiedini with a choice of rosemary-citrus potatoes or broccolini. Locations are in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills and Livonia.


• Morton’s the Steakhouse has a lobster special every Friday during Lent. Twin lobster tails are $39. Reservations are required, and the lobster tails are available 5 p.m. to close through April 12. Morton’s is at 888 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy.


Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press

Posted By: Elly Moss
Thursday, March 7th 2019 at 10:50AM
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