I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen so many church fish fries during Lent. Many catholic churches feature them but even if you’re not catholic, even if you’re not religious, they’re fun and chances are there’s one heating up at a church in your neighborhood tonight.
First a little primer on fish fries. I would suspect that a majority of churches use pollock as their main source of fish for the fryer. It’s primarily a deep water Atlantic white fleshed fish and the main advantage is cost. A friend of mine who owns a restaurant uses it for his fish and chips and gets it wholesale for just $1 a pound. It freezes very well and when deep fried is quite tasty.
The top of the line fish for the deep fryer in the U.S. has to be Atlantic cod. Atlantic cod is absolutely bursting with flavor compared to Pacific cod that comes from Alaska. Pacific cod is good, mind you, but doesn’t have nearly the desirable flavor of its Atlantic cousin. Other fish that you’re likely to meet at a neighborhood fish fry include haddock, hake and cusk. All from the deep waters of the Atlantic and all pretty good. If you’re really lucky you might run into a fish fry featuring halibut. It comes from both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and both are great. Halibut from the Pacific is more common than from the Atlantic.
Okay, now that you’re done with your crash course on fish, here’s a list some of the churches featuring fish fries this afternoon:
St. Sylvester Church Social Hall
11200 E. 12 Mile
The Annual Lenten Fish Fry
St. Peter Claver Catholic Community
13305 Grove Street
St. Jude Parish Fish Fry
15879 7 Mile Road
Lenten Fish Fry
Sweetest Heart of Mary Church
4440 Russell Street
Enjoy the food and good company!
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