The Lenten season is here a little early this year.
That’s welcome news to Lakewood, with residents who cherish the abundant fish fries in the city.
The annual tradition begins on Friday.
And there’s a new one in town — but it’s also an old one.
St. James Catholic Church, reopened in July, is bringing its fish fry back. But the parish is looking for volunteers. Those interested are encouraged to call 216-221-3567.
We thought we’d list a few of fish fries in case you’re thinking of ditching red meat for the fish and chips.
But, please, if we forgot any, post ‘em in the comments.
Around the Corner: 18616-20 Detroit Rd.; 216 521-4413; There's a fish fry every Friday during Lent; choice of Great Lakes Christmas Ale beer batter cod; Lake Erie perch, haddock; cod, blackened catfish; cabbage and noodles and homemade pierogies. There’s also New England clam chowder. Owner Ryan Krivosh said the fish fries are a big draw. “It’s always packed,” he said.
Georgetown: Krivosh, who also co-owns the Georgetown restaurant around the corner (pun intended), said the restaurant doesn’t necessarily have a fish fry, but recognizes the Lenten season with entrees that include, scallops, dusted walleye, prawns and a fresh catch of the day.
Jammy Buggars: 15625 Detroit Ave.; 216-767-5922; In addition to the regular pretzel-crusted fish and chips, the restaurant is offering a few other specialty dishes for Lent, including fried shrimp with cheddar grits, Southern-style cream corn and tomato salsa; and Lake Erie perch hoagie sandwich served with fries.
Mahall’s 20 Lanes: 13200 Madison Ave.; 216-521-3280; Among the oldest fish fries in the city, Mahall’s is reinventing its fish fry, offering beer-battered walleye and fresh-cut French fries every Friday through lent.
Merry Arts Pub & Grille: 15607 Detroit Ave.; 216-226-4080; lake perch, a perch sandwich, mussels Merry Arts, Caribbean fish tacos, shrimp and mussel pasta, New England clam chowder and potato and cheese pierogies each Friday during Lent.
St. Luke Catholic Church: 1212 Bunts Road; 216-521-0184; Through March 29, the parish will offer Lenten meals. Details for this year’s fish fry are still being ironed out, but last year, there were four different entrée dinners — all $8.50, unless you got two pieces, then the price was $10.50. Dinners include a side, vegetable and a drink.
St. James Catholic Church: The tradition will be revived at the parish in Andrews Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. this Friday and run through March 22. The offerings will include fried or baked fish for $7.50; pierogies for $6.50; fried shrimp for $7.50; or a combo of shrimp or fish and pierogies for $8.50. All dinners come with two sides dishes: steak fries, or mac & chesse or coleslaw or applesauce.
Editor's Note: Colin McEwen's wife is one of the owners of Mahall's 20 Lanes.