It’s Time to (Fish) Fry in St. Louis: Some Favorite Local Fish Fries

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Do you want to know some of the best fish fries in The Lou?  Look no further than this list of favorites compiled by one of our STLMB contributors!

St. Louis Arch downtown at twilight

Whether you’re a St. Louis native, a recent transplant, or somewhere in between, it doesn’t take long to get caught up in some of St. Louis’ most cherished cultural nuances. Enjoying the beauty and free attractions in Forest Park, float trips in the summer, trivia nights with friends, overeating toasted ravioli and gooey butter cake, and seeing the 650-foot tall Arch off in the distance are some of the things that make St. Louis special.

Of course, Cardinals baseball holds a special place in most of our hearts, as does earning the title of the second biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the country.  But in between these two events comes a time where we kick off a series of 40 days where every Friday, hundreds of local churches and organizations host weekly fish fries.

Why?

Mardi Gras crown Simply put, it’s the Lenten season observed by Christians around the world, which begins on Ash Wednesday (or the day after Fat Tuesday) and ends on Easter Sunday. Some Christians will opt to fast in some way or another during this period of time. For Catholics, especially, the most common form of fasting is a rule I grew up with: “no meat on Friday.”

No meat = a fish frenzy for all to enjoy! And what better method of cooking fish than to fry it all!

While the majority of locations that host fish fries are Catholic churches, a lot of other Christian churches and non-denominational organizations get in on the fish fry fun to bring the community together. Your religious beliefs and affiliations don’t matter – your love of fish (fried, baked, cod, tilapia, tacos, and more!), food, friends, and family are all you need for the next several Fridays.

And because St. Louis does not like to be outdone, we take our fish frying to another level with literally hundreds of fish fry options.

To help you pick your Friday dinner destinations for the next few weeks, I recently polled our St. Louis Mom’s Blog Contributor Team. They were happy to share their personal favorites, so as you pack up your crew after a busy week and head out for some fish fry fun for dinner on Fridays over the next several weeks, be sure to check out their top-ranked fish fries:

fish fry with a lime and tartar sauce

 

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church

1910 Serbian Drive
St Louis, MO 63104

 

St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church

5418 Louisiana Ave,

St. Louis, MO 63111

 

Ballwin VFW Post 6274

115 Mimosa Ln
Ballwin, Missouri 63011

 

Christ the King Church

7316 Balson Avenue

University City, MO 63130

 

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church

2618 Brentwood Blvd.

Brentwood, MO 63144

 

St. Peter Catholic Church (Kirkwood)

243 West Argonne Drive
Kirkwood, MO 63122

 

St. Gerard Majella Parish

1969 Dougherty Ferry Rd

Kirkwood, MO 63122

 

St. Peter Catholic Church (St. Charles, MO)

221 1st Capitol Drive

St. Charles, MO 63301

 

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish

601 North Fourth St

St. Charles, MO 63301

 

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church

1765 Charbonier Road

Florissant, Mo. 63031

 

St. Patrick Parish and School

405 S. Church Street
Wentzville, MO 63385

 

Most Sacred Heart Parish

350 E. 4th Street

Eureka, MO 63025

A platter of fried fish with a lemon wedge and french fries to symbolize Lenten fish fries

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, so we want to know which St. Louis area fish fry is your favorite?

Most fish fries start on February 28 and run for 4-6 weeks, every Friday, with varying hours. Make sure to check out specifics before packing up and heading out to get your fry on!

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Kelly Glogovac
A St. Louis area transplant of 12 years, Kelly now considers herself at home with her husband and daughter. Having spent time in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and even Orange County, California, throughout her childhood and adolescence, Kelly and her husband are committed to putting down roots in St. Charles, Missouri to raise their (hopefully growing) family. As a full-time working mom, Kelly is focused on navigating the twists and turns of motherhood while still building her career in corporate America. When Kelly finds a spare hour of time to herself, she’s likely doing something active – running, walking, or sweating through a class at Orangetheory Fitness. Or just enjoying a glass of wine!