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Lenten Fish Fry in DC Area

I'm originally from the midwest and I'm hoping to find a fish fry in the DC area this coming Lent similar to those back home. They'd usually be held at a Catholic church or Knights of Columbus hall, but I'm not having much luck searching for one online. I'm guessing a lot of them do more low key advertising, like a sign out front or an ad in the church bulletin. If anyone here's of one in the area, please let me know. Thanks!

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  1. I'm gonna be watching this thread - my grandmother's church in south STL had a great one when I was a kid.

    1. I've only seen pancake dinners for Ash Wed. You're better bet might be out on the Eastern Shore, if you know anyone on the other side of the Bay Bridge.

        1. I saw a sign for this at the catholic church at M and South Capitol SW.

          1. My wife and I grew up in Ohio and moved to DC from Wisconsin, so we really miss fish frys with lake perch or walleye. I've been looking for Lenten events without any luck since we moved here nearly five years ago. The only hits I get on Google are queries like this thread. For the record, the Washington Post does list two fish frys this season. But they both feature whiting and green beans instead of perch (even cod), cole slaw and potato pancakes.

            Trinity Episcopal Church is sponsoring a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3. The menu will include fried whiting, green beans, coleslaw, bread, a beverage and dessert. 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. $10; seniors, $7-$9; age 12 and younger, $5. 301-627-2636.

            Friday 27 FISH FRY, menu includes whiting fillet, green beans, cole slaw, hush puppies, fried potatoes, rolls, coffee and tea. Sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82. 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post-La Plata, 6330 Crain Hwy. $8. 301-934-8221.

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            1. re: jbelmont

              also way out there is St. George's Episcopal in Valley Lee Mar. 6 and April 3, 5 to 7:30
              All you can eat Fish Dinner includes Beer batter fried fish, St. George's potatoes, Hush puppies, Cold slaw. Coffee, Tea & lemonade.
              $12.for adults, $6. for children 6-12 children 5 and under are free. Desserts are extra.

              301-994-0585 stgeorgesvalleylee.org

            2. This is the best I could find, after calling a few of the local DC parishes:


              It's Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic School in Capitol Hill (SE DC)

              1. passed by a church on T st between 14th and 15th NW that with a sign indicating they are having one. Thinking of checking it out myself

                1. Thanks! These suggestions are great. This Friday won't work (March 6), but I'll try one next week and post about it for those of you who are interested.

                    1. re: dmd1961

                      It looks like this one's up & running in 2014:

                      LENTEN FISH FRY FRIDAYS
                      Heller Hall

                    2. what's up in 2014?

                      anything in arlington, virginia? northern virginia?

                      is it only in the evening, or are any done at lunchtime?

                      1. I'm from Cleveland, so I tend to miss Eastern Euro foodways this time of year, and while this is not a fish fry, it is a great seasonal opportunity to enjoy pierogi, halushki [your spelling may vary] & some wonderful borscht! They don't offer the borscht every Friday, though, so you may want to call ahead - and arrive early:

                        Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church
                        2014 Lenten Dinners http://epiphanyofourlord.org/dinner.html

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                        1. Any other good spots for a fried fish supper in the District this year? Doesn't necessarily have to be a church supper -- a good place for fried fish is always fine in my book.

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                          1. re: JungMann

                            Horace & Dickies is the standard. They do a lot of volume so it's always fresh and hot. Fish In the Hood is also good; their sides are far better than H&Ds. I've also had good luck at Jimmy's Grill in Maine Avenue Fish Market. Good whiting and croaker. Their chowder and pies are also excellent. Good fried fish at Mama Reacer's in Del Ray but SLOW. Best value in MD is Mid Atlantic Seafood (Takoma, Laurel, and Oxon Hill). Almost like a seafood deli: put in your order, they give you a ticket, and you pickup your styrofoam tray of goodness. They can also bake or grill your seafood or chicken, but the folks manning their fryers know what they're doing. Dinners are around $10-16 including two sides. Portions range from generous to obscene. Stay away from the fried oysters and bbq. The Laurel shop has an excellent raw bar: $20 gets you a dozen HUGE Bluepoints; the shell is the size of your hand and the oyster not much smaller.


                          2. I saw this on GBD's Facebook page, looked interesting.

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                            1. My wife and I recently found the best fish fry we've had in years at Bidwell Restaurant at Union Market (1309 5th St NE, right in Union Market). The parking lot is right at the Market. We've eaten there twice in the past two weeks and it was fantastic both times. Fresh cod in a nice, crunchy beer batter and some terrific homemade fries served with their own spicy ketchup. You get a single, very large piece of cod; my wife and college-age daughter can't finish theirs, but I can't leave my plate alone until it's finished. Cooked perfectly, served with tarter sauce and, if requested, malt vinegar. Terrific! They also sell fresh oysters that are difficult to turn down and have a very interesting menu.

                              1. Archdiocese of Baltimore has a list with many in baltimore and annapolis.

                                Clarksville (west of columbia,md), i believe would be closest to dc.


                                I have not attended any of these.