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Feb 21, 2007 06:41 AM

MSP Lenten Friday Fish Fries

It's Lent again, and for some of us, that means the return of meatless Fridays. I'd like suggestions for you favorite restaurants for fish. Any kind of fish suggestions welcome, but Bonus points for:

1. Fried Fish
2. All you can eat fish
3. Price point below $10
4. St. Paul or Minneapolis location
5. Beer also available.


Ps. It's okay if the restaurant does not normally serve fish. Actually, that makes it more fun.

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  1. This topic came up recently under the heading Chruch Dinners.

    My suggestion, skip the fish and go for the enchiladas at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Concord St. in St. Paul.

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    1. re: Sven

      Sven, in addition to the churches, aren't there also a lot of restaurants that offer them during Lent in particular? I think I've seen them at Glockenspiel, St. Clair Broiler, Awada's...any feedback on places like that?


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Restaurants, Bars, VFW and American Legion Posts as well.

        Last year had the fish at the VFW in South St. Paul, the American Legion in Northfield, and at Fabulous Fern's and McGovern's in St. Paul. All fine but nothing memorable. Although Fern's and McGovern's do win points for great beer. Fern's also offers vinegar with the fish too.

        All of that notwithstanding, I'd still go for the enchiladas.

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        That all you can eat deal is only on Sunday nights, so wouldn't really help for the Friday thing. (Not to mention that Sushi of Tokyo's prices are so cheap that you might still be better off ordering off the menu than paying the 19 bucks and eating all you can!)

      2. I'm not the world's biggest fan of sushi, so I'm not sure I'd get much value out of all you can eat sushi, DQ.

        Thanks Sven. I'll look those ideas up.

        1. Does Tavern on Grand do a fish fry on Fridays that's any good?


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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I'm not aware that they change their menu on Fridays during lent. I'll be out of town this Friday so I won't be able to drive by to confirm.

          2. It is interesting how different the fish-fry scene here is from Milwaukee where I lived for 4 years. This is not a complaint, I just find it curious. Perhaps it is related to the ethnic makeup of the immigrant in the area in the 1950s as the supper club concept took hold in the US.

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            1. re: SLBunge

              i totally agree. I'm from wauwatosa, and lent around here simply isn't the same as it was down there. It's the beer thing that gets me the most (and the major lack of potato pancakes)
              I think it may be the norweigan immigrants versus all the differeing immigrant groups in milwaukee that have NEVER had a problem drinking, even if it was in the church basement.

              1. re: CulinaryKate

                The one fish fry I've attended in a church basement is St. Matthews in St. Paul and they had beer. I think many of the immigrants to the Cities who were Catholics many years ago were German and Irish, so the beer shouldn't be a problem.


                1. re: CulinaryKate

                  I agree too. Every bar, tavern and restaurant in the OshKosh and Fond du Lac area has a fish fry with fish, cole slaw and rye bread. When I visit, it is de riguer.