Given the popularity of last year's hastily assembled list of menus (it's still over there on the top 10 sidebar), I knew I had to put some real effort into this year's list. Catholic or not, St Louisans love their Lenten Fish Fry. I've done my best to cover the whole St Louis Archdiocese on the map this year, plus a few tips I received on other fish frys. If your parish is NOT on the map, it means I couldn't find any details of their fish fry before today. If you know they have some going on, leave the details (dates and hours, minimum) in a comment and I'll add it.
A note on dates: For the purposes of the blog, Lent is from Ash Wednesday until Maundy Thursday, so if there is Fish Fry on Good Friday, it will be mentioned separate from "All Fridays of Lent". In other words, All Fridays of Lent means 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22.
If you click the link for the larger map, you will find an alphabetical list of the St Louis Archdiocese churches, and at the end of the list are all the other fish frys people told me about.
View Craves, Caves & Graves 2013 Fish Fries in a larger map
FISH OF NOTE:
Ash Wednesday Fry: Cathedral Basilica, Immaculate Conception (Maplewood), Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady Queen of Peace (House Springs), St Francis of Assisi, St George, St James the Greater, St Joseph (Cottleville), St Mary Magdalen (Brentwood), St Stephen Protomartyr
Beer Fish Catholics (See Polish Fish for explanation): Annunciation (Webster Groves), Immaculate Conception (Maplewood), Queen of All Saints, St Agatha, St Ferdinand, St Francis of Assisi, St Gerard Majella, St James the Greater, St Pius V, St Stephen Protomartyr, Knights of Columbus/VFW/American Legion halls with fish frys
Year Round Fish Fry: St Ferdinand in Florissant. They have been raising money by frying fish for over 60 years!
"The Mexican Fish Fry" - St Cecelia in South St Louis is probably the one you heard about. Be prepared to stand in line for an hour.
Healthiest Fish Fry - Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ferguson, the other Mexican Fish Fry. They have ceviche, Mexican rice, and cactus salad, among the many options.
Real China and Flatware - St Pius V is really proud of their classy fish fry. They also have live music.
Fish Fry I Would Travel For in CC&G Style: St Joseph in Farmington. For one, it's all you can eat. For two, they have a different specialty side every week, and I am a sucker for fried okra (3/1).
Polish Fish: St Agatha, recommended by Rob Severson last year, who says they also have Polish beer. This inspired a new designation for Catholic churches as I was working on this list: The Beer Fish Church. There are Serious Churches and Fish Fry Churches, and then there are the Beer Fish Churches. Beer Fish Catholics are my people.
The Best Blog For St Louis Fish Fry Reviews: Look, I can't get to all of them, I just give you a list. When I am looking for a review, I go to Friday Night Fish.
I'll be adding to the Notable Fish list as I refine the map and add more stuff!
It takes 15-20 hours to put this map together, and the average church website is blinding in its design. Please do me a solid and link to the website rather than the map when you share with your friends and family!