Many religious holidays observe a period of time for fasting and penance. Lent requires observers to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during the 40-day period. Observers are allowed to eat fish, so many churches and restaurants host fish fries on Fridays during Lent. Here are some spots where you can find a fish fry during Lent.
Saint James Catholic Church
905 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
For over a hundred years, Saint James Catholic Church has been a place of hope, history, education and faith for the D.C. community, especially the Catholic community. And the Saint James Catholic School has been educating young children in the area for nearly as long. It is no surprise that the church takes Lent seriously, and celebrates accordingly. You can attend the Lenten Fish Fry Fridays at the church from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Your family is sure to enjoy this three-hour event.
Fish In The Hood
3601 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Venturing out to the suburbs can be a tiring, irritating and time-consuming experience, so sometimes you have to make due with what is in the city. While it is not a church or affiliated with one, Fish in the Hood is one of the best places in the District to get fried fish. An added bonus is you can get a variety of fish fried, including whiting, croaker, trout, cat fish, ling, bass and more. You can also choose to have your fish broiled if fried is not your cup of tea. This hidden gem on Georgia Avenue could become your new favorite Lent Friday restaurant.
Trinity Episcopal Church
14515 Church St.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Trinity Episcopal Church is proud to welcome everyone to the church. During holidays like Lent, this is even more apparent. The church has been a pillar in the community for more than two centuries, helping feed needy families all year long. During Lent, enjoy a fish fry on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with welcoming members of your community.
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Henry’s Soul Cafe
1704 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Washington D.C. has a large Southern community, with many people coming from North Carolina. Partly because of that, there are great soul food and Southern restaurants all around the area. Henry’s Soul Cafe is one of the most popular Southern cuisine restaurants in the DMV, with locations in Maryland and D.C. It is famous for its sweet potato pie, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. When you are looking for fresh, cooked-to-order, fried fish for Fridays during Lent, Henry’s Soul Cafe should be at the top of the list.
Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern
697 Spring St.
Herndon, VA 20170
Some people follow Lent more strictly than others. Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern throws a famous fish fry that might not be for all observers, depending on what you chose to give up for Lent. Jimmy’s Famous Friday Night Fish Fry will satisfy your fish fry needs and cravings, and you can stay for the DJ and dancing. The fish fry is not just during Lent, so if you like it, you can continue to make it a Friday night treat. This tavern with a unique history is a great option for a fish fry during Lent.
Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.