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 STLMom 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 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

 

Assumption Parish (Mattese)

4725 Mattis Road, St. Louis, MO 63128

Drive thru only from 4:30 – 7 pm

 

 

Ballwin VFW Post 6274

115 Mimosa Lane, Ballwin, Missouri 63011

No 2021 updates available. 

 

 

Christ the King Church

7316 Balson Avenue, University City, MO 63130

Canceled for 2021.

 

 

Epiphany of Our Lord

6596 Smiley Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Preorders accepted until 5 pm the Thursday prior. Use Ivanhoe doors for entry.

 

 

Holy Infant Catholic Church

627 Dennison Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021

Carry out only, every Friday during Lent from 4:30 – 7 pm.

 

 

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL

Carry out from 3:30 – 7 pm.

 

 

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church

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.

 

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary

8 West Highway D, New Melle, MO 63365

Dine in by reservation only – reservation cut off is the day prior until 3 pm.

 

 

Incarnate Word

13416 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO

Carry out only, order online or at drive thru. Every Friday during Lent from 4 – 7 pm.

 

 

Most Sacred Heart Parish

350 E. 4th Street, Eureka, MO 63025

Contactless drive thru only. Pre-order and pre-pay before coming to pick up your order.

 

 

Our Lady of Providence

8866 Pardee Road, St. Louis, MO 63123

Drive thru only, no pre-orders. Every Friday during Lent from 4 – 7 pm.

 

 

St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church

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.

 

 

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish

601 North Fourth Street, St. Charles, MO 63301

From 5 – 7:30 pm all Fridays of Lent. Drive thru only.

 

 

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church

1765 Charbonier Road, Florissant, MO 63031

From 3 – 7 pm every Friday during Lent. Carry out only.

 

 

St. Francis of Assisi

4556 Telegraph Road, Oakville, MO

Drive thru and online pre-order only.

 

 

St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish

6303 Nottingham Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109

Carry out only, every Friday in Lent from 4 – 7 pm.

 

 

St. Gerard Majella Parish

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.

 

 

St. Henry Catholic Church

5315 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226

Carry out only.

 

 

Sts. Joachim and Ann

4112 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO 63304

Carry out only, from 4 – 7 pm.

 

 

 St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church

2618 Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood, MO 63144

Every Friday in Lent from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Drive thru only!

 

 

St. Patrick Parish and School

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. 

 

 

St. Pius V

3310 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO

 Fish Frys not held in 2021 due to COVID.

 

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 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!

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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!