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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Louisville Lent Fish Fry Fridays

* 2018 List here *

My first hometown adventure this year is to scope out the best Fish Fry locations in Louisville for Lent. The six weeks or so between Ash Wednesday and Easter (3/5-4/11 this year) is the perfect time to enjoy cheap and delicious homemade fried fish and side dishes throughout Louisville at various catholic churches.  These events are open to the public on Fridays, so don't be shy if you're non-catholics.

How it works: 1)  Look for a large print out menu, usually posted on the wall 2) Place your order with a volunteer, at a table or standing in the hallway.  They will have a small order form with them  2) Pay, cash only! 3) Bring your order form to the food line to get your food.

You can find the complete list of 2014 Lent Fish Fry here.  My top favorites so far are listed below.  It's a growing list as I'll be trying more places in the coming weeks:

  1. St. Augustine - 1310 W. Broadway, Fridays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Located in the West end of Louisville, this is the most popular Fish Fry, the 30-40 minute wait during lunch hour is a sign of its popularity.  this place has the most extensive menu, with four different fish options, a lot of southern side dishes and sweets (cobblers!).  For $9, you get a choice of fish, cornbread and 2 sides.  The place is organized chaos, a line to order, one to pay and to pick up the food.  But the food is worth it.  
    Whole fried catfish (the fried flat cornbread is amazing)
  2. St. Agnes: 1920 Newburg Road, Fridays 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Located in the Highlands, this place has the cheaper menu than other places I've been to, $4 for fish, and side dishes are from $1-$2.  The fish is fresh and large.  My favorites: the poppers (fried cheesy jalapeno) and coleslaw.  
    Dinner at St. Agnes
  3. Immaculate Conception Church: 502 N. 5th Ave, LaGrange, KY, Fridays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. $7 for a small dinner and $9 for large, includes two sides, drink ans hush puppies. kids under 6 eats free. The best fish out of all fish fries ,  lightly battered, flaky and juicy.  The fish is made fresh by the people of Stan's Fish (closed now).  There's a groupie coming out there just for the fish 
  4. St. Bernard's Catholic Church: 7500 Angelo Drive, 40228 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Twisty winding roads led us to this treasure of a fish fry this week.  We were happy to see something different on the menu, fish tacos! $10 for three large fish tacos, 2 sides and a drink.  My husband was immediately in love.  The place was crowded and there was even a band playing. Not sure if it's true, but someone told me the breading is from Mike Lining's. 

4/16/2014: So Fish fry season is over and I didn't get to try them all.  Places below were part of my list that I didn't get to and some notes for myself for next year (gathered from friends and internet):

a) St. Aloysius in Crestwood has the largest selection
b) St. Gabriel was featured on the news
c) St. Martin de Porres: Soul food!
d) St. Luke: has fancier options, saute tilapia with white wine sauce over wild rice; boil shrimps