Lent is here, which means that it's time for Fish Fry-days in restaurants, churches and fire halls across the city.
It’s almost Fish Friday season and there are lots of places around Pittsburgh to get a great fish sandwich. If you're not sure why fish on Friday is a thing, let me back up a bit. Lent (March 6-April 18), is a religious observance by many Christian denominations that covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. During all of the Fridays of Lent, Catholics over the age of 14 abstain from meat and from foods made with meat. So this Catholic girl, Susan Mary Kristine, is happy to boost my Omega 3 intake with some great fish dinners for the next few weeks!
Serves all your favorite fish fry goodies! Riverview hand-batters their haddock, and all french fries are freshly cut. Their menu of classic side dishes include: haluski, mac and cheese, pickle chips, spicy hot cheese balls, clam chowder, and more.
An off-the-beaten-path bar that’s not fancy but their food is great. Big portions and good service. They were featured on Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. The atmosphere and location are part of the whole experience.
Giant fish sandwich with great fries. It gets crowded on Fridays during Lent so go early or later in the evening.
E-Town Bar and Grill, Etna
Tucked into a stretch of row houses along Butler Street, E-Town has a great beer selection and terrific food, including flavorful fish sandwiches. The place is hopping on Friday nights and the restaurant isn’t that big so get there early.
The Grant Bar & Lounge, Millvale
Grant’s has long been known for their fish sandwiches. The generous size leaves plenty to share (if you want to!) Pair it with their off-the-chart onion rings and you won’t be hungry again for a while.
This place has fish every day and on Fridays you can get the the Fish on a Dish with mac & cheese special in either jumbo or small size. If you get the jumbo it will feed two people. Get it broiled or fried!
This old-school fish house & tavern (since 1870) located in historic Market Square, offers fresh seafood platters. The cod has a delicate flavor with just the right amount of spices. Try to avoid going during peak lunch hour times (Noon-1 p.m.) as you'll see around-the-block lines at that time. I recommend going around 11:30 or after 1:30. But whatever time you go, the staff is efficient and the line moves quickly. The onion rings are perfection.
The kitchen is in the lower level. They serve lots of scrumptious sides. Service is quick. You can call ahead and order and pick up. The pierogies are very good and if you’re not too full try the New England clam chowder.
It’s the building with the big fish on the side! Fish of every kind imaginable including incredibly melt-in-your-mouth, buttery fish sandwiches. Try the Saintly Scallop Po’boy (breaded scallops topped with chipotle remoulade) or the Wholey Holy Moley (Icelandic cod sandwich).
Super casual, loft-like, vibrant restaurant for sampling sushi and daily catches. It’s a great place to get fresh and delicious fish.
There are plenty more options in the greater Pittsburgh area to grab some fish over the next few months. If you're a fan of the church fish frys, check out this guide to Parish Fish Frys. KDKA also has a great guide you can follow, and there's even an interactive map of fish frys to check out! So many options, so much fish to try!