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Well, Lent is here. And you know what that means. Fried fish. While I'm not exactly a practicing Catholic, it still gives me the excuse to eat fried goodness of Fridays. So, throwin this out there, where is your favorite spot for a good fish fry? Restaurants, churches, events, all suggestions welcome. I love Anchor, but that place is mental on Friday nights, even when it isn't Lent. Thanks for your recs!

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  1. Anchor does rate high, but practicing Catholics may want to avoid it as they fry in beef tallow.

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    1. re: bkmnus

      Ward 6 in St. Paul has far superior fried fish than Anchor IMHO.

      1. re: jeff55432

        I love Ward 6, but I have to disagree. I had it last week and it was a mess. The breading was soggy on the inside, almost wet. It had no crisp bite whatsoever. Also, it did not stick to the fish at all. Just the back of the fork caused it to fall off and apart. All it all, I would have rather just had the fish w/o the breading as it had good flavor, texture, and taste. The fries were excellent as they always are there. Not sure what the issue was, but seemed to me oil may not have been hot enough or they forgot to possibly dip the fish in flour before the wet batter. It was later and the head chef had already gone home for the day.

        BTW: The Ward 6 Reuben can join the conversation as the Twin Cities best. Love their corned beef.

    2. I would be interested in NON-Church events

        1. How about American Legion or VFW? I pretty much only ever know about them if I happen to drive by and see the sign. The web was not helpful in this genre, unfortunately, but you could call.

          From an old news link:
          "Two more good resources for the Friday fish fry (sometimes just for Lent, sometimes year-round) are veteran’s organizations. American Legion Clubs that offer a fish fry include Posts in Excelsior, Chanhassen, New Brighton, and Wayzata. (For a full list of Posts in the state along with contact information, check the American Legions of Minnesota.) The second organization that can provide info on club fish fries is the VFW."

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          1. re: splatgirl

            VFW in South St. Paul is magnificent!

            1. Stephanie March did a round-up this morning:


              St. Albert the Great is my favorite because it's BYOB. That, and the bingo, raffles, strolling musicians, outgoing clergy, efficient setup, dessert table, & spaghetti on the side.

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                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  We tried St. Alberts last week, and they ran out of fish. We took my bingo winnings over to Merlins' Rest where they serve fish & chips in both Yankee and British styles. These are their descriptors, not mine, but British style arrives with the fish and fries wrapped in the same paper so the malt, salt & pepper steams into the potatoes as well as the fish. The pepper is more of an idea than a presence. The Yankee style is not wrapped, and I assume it is a little more crispy.

                  St. Albert's is serving tilapia; Merlin's Rest is serving pollack.

                  Both places do it up right with their respective vibes -- cheerful volunteers & raffles in one, cheerful kilt-wearers & bagpipes at the other.

              1. Obbs....the best Highway 61 and Burns

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                1. re: harleyjt

                  On the East Side at least, harleyjt is right. Obbs is without peer. If the lines there are too long, you can consider Tin Cups on Rice Street which also does a good job and usually doesn't have the two hour waits.

                  1. Have you tried Red Stag Supper Club? Very good fish fry and excellent ambiance!

                    1. The Local is doing 2 for 1 on their Fish Bites appetizer every Friday during Lent from 2pm to 1am. Freshly battered and at $5.99 during HH, it's a pretty good deal.

                      1. B-Dale Club Bar & Grill
                        2100 North Dale St
                        Roseville, MN 55113
                        Sounds like a great fish fry........