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 STLMom contributors!
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.
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 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:
4725 Mattis Road, St. Louis, MO 63128
Drive thru only from 4:30 – 7 pm
115 Mimosa Lane, Ballwin, Missouri 63011
No 2021 updates available.
7316 Balson Avenue, University City, MO 63130
Canceled for 2021.
6596 Smiley Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Preorders accepted until 5 pm the Thursday prior. Use Ivanhoe doors for entry.
627 Dennison Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021
Carry out only, every Friday during Lent from 4:30 – 7 pm.
505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL
Carry out from 3:30 – 7 pm.
1910 Serbian Drive, St Louis, MO 63104
Preorder, then pick up at the hall during your time slot. Ordering is available from Saturday at 9 am until Thursday at 10 pm for each Friday Fish fry.
8 West Highway D, New Melle, MO 63365
Dine in by reservation only – reservation cut off is the day prior until 3 pm.
13416 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO
Carry out only, order online or at drive thru. Every Friday during Lent from 4 – 7 pm.
350 E. 4th Street, Eureka, MO 63025
Contactless drive thru only. Pre-order and pre-pay before coming to pick up your order.
8866 Pardee Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Drive thru only, no pre-orders. Every Friday during Lent from 4 – 7 pm.
5418 Louisiana Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111
Every Friday in Lent (except for Good Friday) from 4:30 – 8:00 pm. Make an online reservation by noon the Wednesday prior to pick up.
601 North Fourth Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
From 5 – 7:30 pm all Fridays of Lent. Drive thru only.
1765 Charbonier Road, Florissant, MO 63031
From 3 – 7 pm every Friday during Lent. Carry out only.
4556 Telegraph Road, Oakville, MO
Drive thru and online pre-order only.
6303 Nottingham Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109
Carry out only, every Friday in Lent from 4 – 7 pm.
1969 Dougherty Ferry Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Fridays during Lent, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Online ordering will start at 5 pm. Drive thru, carry out, and curbside pick up available.
5315 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226
Carry out only.
4112 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO 63304
Carry out only, from 4 – 7 pm.
2618 Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood, MO 63144
Every Friday in Lent from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Drive thru only!
405 S. Church Street, Wentzville, MO 63385
From 4 – 7 pm each Friday during Lent. Drive thru only.
St. Peter Catholic Church (Kirkwood)
243 West Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Drive thru fish fry on Adams school lot from 4:30 – 7:30 pm
St. Peter Catholic Church (St. Charles, MO)
221 1st Capitol Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301
Fish Frys not held in 2021 due to COVID.
3310 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO
Fish Frys not held in 2021 due to COVID.
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 19 and run through March 26, every Friday, with varying hours. Make sure to check out specifics before packing up and heading out to get your fry on!