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Jan 30, 2007 09:57 AM

[MSP] Church Dinners

I recently realized that Lent is around the corner (begins Feb. 21) which means Friday Fish Frys at Catholic churches are soon to follow.

City Pages named St. Albert the Great Catholic Church the best fish fry of 2006 ( which got me thinking - what other kind of church dinners are out there?

I've heard Our Lady of Guadalupe does an enchilada dinner during lent (vegetarian, of course). Does anyone know of any other interesting/ethnic church dinners out there?

I'm not necessarily looking for Catholic- or Lent-only.


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  1. Don't forget the Friday pierogies lunch -- eat in or take out -- at Sacred Heart Church.
    22nd Ave & 5th St NE, Minneapolis.

    Mickie Turck wrote about it in the December issue of Edible Twin Cities.

    1. St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church has a great dinner during their fall festival. Not sure if they're doing anything before Lent, though.


      1. Our Lady of Guadalupe indeed has a GREAT enchilada dinner Fridays during Lent.

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        1. re: Sven

          Where is Our Lady of Guadalupe located?

          1. re: StPauliGirl

            I just looked it up – 401 Concord St., St. Paul, MN 55107

            Here's a map link:

            1. re: MaggieB

              Right at the intersection of US 52 and Concord Blvd/Cesar Chavez Blvd. Its about half way between I-94 and I-494.

        2. what about smelt fries? anyone know of a place that does one of those? a church in lacrosse, wi--where i grew up--used to do one or two every lent. my wife and i have been travelling in the mediterranean for the last 8 weeks and we return home tomorrow. i was just telling her that i need to find a substitute for the deep fried sardines i've had on our trip...i know sardines aren't smelt, but they've gotta be close.

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          1. re: knaveboy

            The Brooklyn Park Lions Club has the best smelt fry in town at the end of every April.

            Here is last years release:

            Brooklyn Park Annual Smelt Fry
            Soon the city of Brooklyn Park will gather again to fry the best smelt from Lake Superior at the Brooklyn Park National Guard Armory, located at 5600 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN. The ever popular Brooklyn Park Lions Smelt Fry, a fun annual feast is Wed April 26 thru Friday April 28. But remember, this feast has a 44-year following-so you'll want to arrive early! The Smelt Fry begins at 5pm and continues until 8. It includes all-you-can-eat smelt with rolls,coleslaw, baked beans, chips and drink for $9. For Children 12 and under the price is $5. Beer is available for $2 per glass. Assisting will be the Brooklyn Park Lady Lions Club (helping with the serving), Lookout Bar and Grill (serving the beer) and youth from the Troop 332 Boy Scouts(helping with cleaning up the tables and selling their candy). It's cooking in Brooklyn Park! For presale tickets, contact any Brooklyn Park Lion. For additional information, contact Smelt Fry Coordinator Lion Jim Driste, 763-425-8114.

          2. OMG! THANK you for starting this post. I am from the Buffalo, NY area and now live here in the Twin Cities. Back east, EVERY Friday was Fish Fry night and I crave, crave, crave the real deal.
            Are there really pierogies? Are there really decent places for fish fries!
            More, more, more ideas please!

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            1. re: Abacus

              I did a quick scan of several parishes websites ( has links to many churches in the metro area). Almost all of the places I looked had not posted calendars of events past Febuary.

              We haven't done the church dinner circuit here yet but your best bet for pierogies may be at Holy Cross( They still masses in Polish.

              If we are looking for fish frys, we seem to end up at Elsies bowling alley in Nordeast.

              1. re: doogette

                Thanks for the link! I just looked at their most recent Sunday bulletin and found this:

                KEEP THE DATE OPEN - The Annual Holy Cross Sauerkraut Supper is Tuesday, February 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM in the school gym. Also featured will be music and dancing from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in Kolbe Hall. Save the date and invite your friends for this delicious dinner and great music before the start of the Lenten season.

              2. re: Abacus

                One other small thought. Look at the Calendar in the Out and About section in The Catholic spirit ( , the newspaper for the diocese. It's mostly spagetti dinners now but it should point towards fish frys soon.