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hcrowley8 Oct 4, 2010 02:52 PM

Anyone know of a fish fry this weekend in the greater Boston area, and suburbs? Church suppers also a plus. Thanks!


  1. StriperGuy Oct 4, 2010 04:25 PM

    Fish fries are just not a New England thing. Even church suppers are a stretch. More likely to find something amongst one of the local groups, Greek, Portuguese, Brazilian, Armenian, Italian, etc. But it won't be a church supper per se, and fish fries in Boston are almost unheard of.

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    1. re: StriperGuy
      hcrowley8 Oct 5, 2010 07:58 AM

      I know they aren't, that just happens to be what I'm researching. Thanks!

      1. re: StriperGuy
        Splendid Spatula Oct 5, 2010 09:33 AM

        Church suppers not a stretch at all in New England, just not a metro Boston thing. Farther north in New Hampshire and Vermont you'll find church suppers of the bean variety pretty regularly, through the summer and into fall for the leaf-peeper crowd.

      2. Karl S Oct 4, 2010 05:41 PM

        Head west on I-90 for about 3-7 hours.

        1. Eatin in Woostah Oct 4, 2010 07:40 PM

          Friday Fish Fry is actually a big thing in some areas of Worcester - particularly the old French disstrict. There is a great place on Plantation Street called Foley and Son Fish & Chips. Only open on Friday evenings, only sells fried fish, chips, and onion rings. And they are total deliciousness. (And Worcester is only around 45 minutes west of Boston.)

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          1. re: Eatin in Woostah
            Science Chick Oct 5, 2010 03:47 AM

            I was also going to mention Foley's in Worcester. There are a couple of other places too, although I've not visited them (one on Belmont, across from Memorial Hospital). Foley's is also open for lunch.

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              Eatin in Woostah Oct 5, 2010 05:21 PM

              Funny, I lived down the street from Foley's for 7 years and never knew they were open for lunch. How I miss it....

              1. re: Eatin in Woostah
                Science Chick Oct 6, 2010 04:04 AM

                Open 10-8 on Fridays..........so technically you could even have breakfast there! ;) That being said, I've had some mixed result product from them. Sometimes great, but a few times the fish was horribly undercooked/wet batter apparent.

                1. re: Science Chick
                  Eatin in Woostah Oct 6, 2010 02:15 PM

                  Huh - we never had that happen, but I guess when you're churning out the volume they do it's bound to miss sometimes.

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                    Science Chick Oct 7, 2010 11:37 AM

                    Actually, the 2 times this happened were both at lunch at it was pretty quiet. Maybe one person in front of me one time, and no one else around the other. Weird! Maybe the oil hadn't completely come to temp yet!!!??

            2. re: Eatin in Woostah
              hcrowley8 Oct 5, 2010 07:51 AM

              Great! This is sort of what I was looking for, something left over from the Catholic fish-only-on-Fridays tradition.

              Thanks for everyone's help!

            3. barleywino Oct 5, 2010 01:19 AM

              Try the fried fish at Bergamot (cambridge)

              1. MC Slim JB Oct 5, 2010 05:08 AM

                Morse Fish in the South End does a brisk Friday-night business in their excellent fried fish. I think the fried catfish at the new Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen, also in the South End, is very good.


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                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  twentyoystahs Oct 5, 2010 02:59 PM

                  what is so good about morse's fried fish? i guess i should try it for myself, but whenever i've seen it, i haven't found it looking all that appetizing. i know their fish is very fresh, and i know they are frying it to order, but i've never been compelled to try it.

                  1. re: twentyoystahs
                    MC Slim JB Oct 5, 2010 03:15 PM

                    Trying it's a pretty low-outlay gamble: $9 for a fried whiting plate at dinner. I sometimes get broiled fish, which costs a whole dollar extra!

                    I'd be happier if the fries were better, but the product generally seems very fresh, and I like the folks that run it.


                2. CocoDan Oct 5, 2010 06:17 AM

                  A fairly well kept secret is Burkes Fish Market on Billings Rd., N. Quincy. They have a small area to sit and eat in. Very, very fresh, and very, very good! Had some fabulous haddock last week. The best coleslaw ever.

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                  1. re: CocoDan
                    mtm7654 Oct 5, 2010 09:37 AM

                    Is that between the Chinese restaurant and the Irish bar? We were at the chinese joint a few weeks ago (very good) and noticed the seafood place but weren't sure of the quality.

                    1. re: CocoDan
                      Pegmeister Oct 6, 2010 08:58 AM

                      Agree about Burkes. I've been picking up a take-out of their fried haddock, rather often, the last few weeks. It's amazing how light their batter is.

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                      gardgen Oct 5, 2010 09:40 AM

                      Along that line, some of the churchs in Maine do hunters breakfasts. Eggs, Beans, Pancakes, Sausages and pies... Anything like that around here?

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                      1. re: gardgen
                        Wannabfoode Oct 5, 2010 02:49 PM

                        some of the towns with volunteer fire departments will do dinners on that style...chicken, or I've even seen lobster

                      2. tatsu Oct 5, 2010 12:42 PM

                        Not quite what you are looking for, but the closest.

                        Quite possibly the most obscured lunch counter in the city is Hidden Kitchen at 535 Albany St. I would of never found it except I have clients in that building. On Fridays, they have Fried Haddock specials, and I wouldn't doubt it stems from their Eastern Catholic or Christian traditions. The owners are a hard-working, disciplined but very friendly Greek couple who have a small yet strongly loyal customer base. It is only available for lunch however, and you will want to get there on the early side. (They close at 2 or 3 everyday.)

                        It's a very unusual setup to say the least, and while the rest of the menu is typical flat grill breakfast/lunch fare, the Friday Fried Fish feels special, an early reward for getting through the week.

                        Hidden Kitchen
                        535 Albany St Ste 2A, Boston, MA 02118

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                          bear Oct 6, 2010 05:52 AM

                          You could try posting on the Southern New England board, too. I know I've seen signs for fish fries on Cape Cod. Orleans comes to mind.

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                          1. re: bear
                            hcrowley8 Oct 7, 2010 01:51 PM

                            Bear- you're exactly right. there are a million down there. thanks for the lead.

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