Minnesota Fish Fry season is here. Our Wisconsin friends to the East “Fish Fry” all year long, but in Minnesota, we generally reserve such fried fellowship for the Lenten time frame. This year Lent is through April 16, so may I suggest you partake at your favorite restaurant? Here are a few of my favorite Twin Cities fish fry options.
There are several Friday night fish options at all five locations of this locally-owned restaurant group. Get hand-breaded, fried Icelandic cod with coleslaw and French fries (two pieces, $15.99; three pieces, $17.99). Or go all in on the fish sandwich ($13.99).
Locations in Bloomington, Burnsville, Mendota, Plymouth, and Roseville; luckys13pub.com.
Obb’s is a family-owned sports bar in St. Paul. Hot Turkey and Meatloaf sandwiches move over on Friday nights to make way for the $16.95 Fish Fry, which is a value for all you can eat with soup or salad and a baked potato or fries or coleslaw but the move here is to get the au gratin potatoes. Get there early as there can be a wait during Lent.
1347 Burns Ave St Paul; Obbs Sports Bar
This spot is a St. Paul classic run by a local family. Bennett’s is known for its shuttles to the Minnesota Wild Games. During Lent Fish Fry 2020 is where it’s at – with all-you-can-eat beer-battered cod with fries and slaw also ask about their Walleye dinners.
1305 7th Street West, St Paul; Bennets Chop and Railhouse
This spot keeps on trend by offering an all-you-can-eat Pollack fish fry but they amp it up a bit with their homemade Tarter sauce for $13.50
3624 W. 50th St., Mpls.; 393 Selby Av., St. Paul; 208 1st Av. N. Mpls., 2626 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., redcowmn.com.
Mac’s is a fast-casual spot featuring made-to-order walleye, halibut, cod, shrimp, and clam strips with fries or curds. You can take out or eat in. This fish is very satisfying, hot, and fresh. If you go once, you will be hooked (see what I did there?) beyond the Lenten season.2 piece dinners start at $12.95. Don’t leave without some freshly made saltwater taffy.
1330 W. Larpenteur Av., St. Paul, and 610 W. 54th St., Mpls., macsfishchipsstrips.com.
Every Friday, not just at fish fry season but all year long, the taproom at Minnesota’s first women-owned microbrewery is serving up fish fry. The fish is panko breaded walleye, and it’s served with a choice of sides plus coleslaw, tartar sauce and pumpernickel rye bread just like in Sconnie ($20).
2325 Endicott St., St. Paul, 651-340-5793, urbangrowlerbrewing.com.
Church Fish Frys
The Catholic Spirit has the most comprehensive list of Fish Frys, soup meals, and Lenten Dinners. You can find their list here.
in 2019 see (link here, I was able to hit up St. Matthew’s in St Paul and Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church in Mendota Heights. I would highly recommend the latter. This year’s dinner is available at 1960 Lexington Ave. S at the church in Mendota Heights and is Drive-thru/takeout only. $15. Includes fish, green beans in tomato sauce over buttered rice, fried cabbage, flatbread with an amazing Lebanese garlic sauce, and dessert. Preorders can be made at http://www.holyfamilymaronitechurch.org