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Friday, February 12, 2016

Complete List of Lenten Fish Fries in Louisville 2018

*UPDATED 3/16/2018

My Catholic husband usually doesn't know the date for Ash Wednesday or even Easter, but if I ask if he knows when and where he wants to go get some fry fish during Lent, he knows the spot and the day: Fridays, St. Bernard for fish tacos.  

Fish tacos from St. Bernard.

We’ve started a new tradition of trying out new fish fries during Lent the last three years at local churches (our experiences in 2014 and 2015).  Actually, he’s happy going back to St. Bernard every week. I, on the other hand, love the opportunity to try a different fish fry every week during this Lent season, this year it’s from 2/14/2018 to 3/29/2018.  

So if you’re looking for some great places to try, here’s a list of what we’ve tried and what we are planning on trying this year.  You can find a complete list published by the Archdiocese at the end of the page.

What kind of food to expect
  •  Traditional fried fish, rolled oysters, crab cakes, shrimps and other non-meat items
  • Entrees usually come with two sides or drinks, homemade desserts and live entertainment.
This is usually how it works
  1. Look for the menu, usually posted on the wall or in a small flyer
  2. Place your order with a volunteer, at a table or standing in the hallway
  3. Pay, cash only! (A lot of places are starting to accept cards now)
  4. Bring your order form to the food line to get your food.
  5. Share a table with other guests, enjoy your delicious meal and good fellowship
Here are places we've visited:


4600 Lynnbrook Drive
Louisville, KY 40220
5:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m
We really enjoyed the fresh, flaky and lightly battered fried fish here ($5) and definitely will be coming back.  There's also limited availability of the tacos, $3, though I don't think they are as good. The sides are delicious, ranging from $1.5 - $2 each, especially the fries and the onion rings.  The fish fry is in the small cafeteria, so be prepared to share some tables.  

St. Francis of Assisi 

1960 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
For seafood lover, grab the friar platter which includes fried codfish, shrimps, hush puppies, pan fries and rolled oysters.  The breading on the fish is different from other places I've been as it's ticker and more seasoned, though I'm not a big fan of codfish overall.  A good place to try as it's closer to town, offers a few beer selections, and accepts credit card.  Complete menu here.

St. Aloysius Catholic Church
212 Mount Mercy Drive, Pewee Valley, KY 40056
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Best thing about this fish fry is that they have a drive through and the sides are delicious!  My favorite is the slightly spicy green beans. The fish is your standard breaded fried codfish.  For the little ones, there's face panting ($1) and mini golf course ($3) set up in the gym. 

7500 Tangelo Drive, 40228
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Twisty winding roads will lead you to this hidden gem.  The specialty here is the fish taco, $10 for three large fish tacos, 2 sides and a drink.  One bite and my husband was immediately in love.  The place was crowded so expect a long wait. If you just want tacos (which I highly recommend), there's a shorter quicker line for that but there are no sides in this line.

1310 W. Broadway
Fridays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The 30-40 minute wait during lunch hour is a sign of this West Louisville church's popularity.  This place has the most extensive menu, with four different fish options (buffalo, whole catfish, baked white fish & whole whiting), a lot of southern side dishes and sweets (cobblers!).  For $10, you get a choice of fish cornbread and 2 sides.  The place is organized chaos, a line to order, one to pay and one to pick up the food.  The fried corn bread is amazing.

1920 Newburg Road
Fridays 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Located in the Highlands, this place has a cheaper menu, $4 for fish, and $1-$2 for side dishes.  The fish is fresh and large, my favorites sides are the poppers (fried cheesy jalapeƱo) and the coleslaw.

502 N. 5th Ave, LaGrange, KY
Fridays 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
They have the best tasting fish out of all the fish fries, but it’s a long drive out.  The fish is smaller but it’s lightly battered, flaky, juicy and made fresh by the people of Stan's Fish (closed now).   $7 for a small dinner and $9 for large, includes two sides, a drink and hush puppies. Kids under 6 eat free. I recommend getting a large.

3146 W. Broadway (Catholic Enrichment Center)
Louisville, KY 40211
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
If you’re downtown and not up for the lines at St. Augustine, come over to St. Martin de Porres for some great fish.  Fish dinner, 2 sides and a drink come out to be $10.  It’s in the basement of the Catholic Enrichment Center.  Enter on the side door, hit the bell to be buzzed in and take the elevators to the basement.   There’s plenty of parking on the lot. I heard the bread pudding is divine.

St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Parish 
5503 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40291

Phone:(502) 212-4058
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The menu at this place is small, but you really don't need anything else when the fish is as good as theirs.  They serve whiting fish, bought from Hungry Pelican across the road, breaded and fried on the premise.  The pieces are large and the fish flaky and fresh.  It's definitely high on my favorite list.  Take out in the cafeteria (full menu) and sit down in the gym (limited menu).

Pan seared tilapia from St. Luke's
St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
1206 Maple Ln
Anchorage, KY 40223
(502) 245-8827
Beautiful church in a beautiful and affluent part of town.  So far one my favorites as far as hospitality goes.  Super friendly hosts that made us feel welcomed and created a warm and inviting atmosphere.  You can choose from healthier options such as pan seared tilapia with white wine sauce and vegetables cooked with wine sauce.  There’s also boil shrimps, beers and wine (included with dinner, donations accepted).

Mt. Carmel Fish Fry. Photo: Frank
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - new review
5505 New Cut Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40214
(502) 366-5651
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
If you are in the south end, this is a good place to visit. The fish is large. flaky but standard and not as flavorful as other places.  My favorite here are the shrimps, it was large, not overly breaded, and succulent.  We got hungry and ordered 3 dinners + pizza for two people :-D

Baked fish and shrimps from St. Raphael
St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Parish - new review
2141 Lancashire Ave
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 458-2500
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
I rarely get the baked fish, but it's hard to resist as soon as I saw it on the food line. It's covered in garlic butter goodness topped with fresh dill (and thyme?) It's a nice change from the fry fish every week. I also enjoyed the lightly battered shrimp. I tried to get a taste of the my husband's fried fish but he finished it before I got the chance. He liked it! It's a great deal, $8 for an entree and 2 sides. 

Fish fries visited by friends

4005 Dixie Hwy
Louisville, KY 40216
Phone:(502) 447-0760
The banana pudding here is reportedly one of the best.

St. Therese of Lisieux
1010 Schiller Ave
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 637-7600
This fish fry has a warm and cozy atmosphere. 

St. Michael's 
3705 Stone Lakes Dr
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 266-5611
They have a large selection of items to choose from and a lot of homemade desserts. 

I did a little research and these highly recommended places are on my radar this year (I link their Facebook page because it has the most updated information):
  • St. James in the Highlands has great baked fish, oyster shooters and a large selection of microbrews.  They are considering adding portobello sandwiches and seafood gumbo.
  • Suburban Fish Fry has blue cheese slaw on real Jewish Rye
  • Good Shepherd
  • St. Patrick around the Lake Forest area.  My friend said the food is good.
I’ll update them often this season, so check back.  Or if you got a great place, let us know!  

Below is a list of all fish fry places during Lent 2018 or link here