28 Fish Fry Options in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area for Lent
Spread the tartar sauce. It’s officially Lent, which means Friday night fish fries are a staple at many metro area restaurants. Here’s a start – with updates! – on where to get your fried filling.
The kitchen inside American Legion 98 in St. Paul Park hosts Friday night fish fries through Lent. Big chunks of cod are fried and served buffet style in an all-you-can-eat feast ($17) from 4-7 p.m. Orders are also available to accompany three tenderloins and sides. Proceeds benefit the American Legion.
328 Broadway Avenue, St. Paul’s Park, 651-459-8016, 328grill.com.
The Anchor Fish & Chips
During Lent, this cult favorite takes online orders for pick-up only on Friday evenings – no on-site dining. Wild Alaskan cod battered in beer and hand-cut fries.
302 NE. 13th Ave., Mpls., theanchorfishandchips.com.
Betty and Earl’s
Not a traditional fish fry, but Betty & Earl’s new location inside the Lush Lounge and Theater isn’t traditional either. On Fridays, get Filet Oh! Fish sandwich – fried pickerel, American cheese and homemade tartar sauce served with your choice of jo-jo potatoes, mesclun or coleslaw ($14.99).
990 Central Ave. NE., Mpls., 612-567-9680, bettyandearls.com.
Bull horn food and drink
Fish fry baskets are back every Friday until Lent – three pieces of fried pickerel with a side of fries ($14.50) or switch sides at no extra cost. Dining room only.
4563 34th Ave. S., deputies, 612-208-1378, bullshornfoodanddrink.com.
On Fridays during Lent, it’s more a Fish Fry dive than a Burger Dive with a traditional cod fry with coleslaw and fries ($16).
731 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, 651-294-3240; Potluck Hall, 1595 Hwy. 36 Roseville, 651-340-2389, burgerdivemn.com.
Go for the tried-and-true beer-fried fish served with giardiniera, herb and lemon aioli ($13), or up the ante with a crawfish boil with potatoes and corn ($18).
14845 Robert Trail South, Rosemount, 651-448-2220, theclovermn.com.
Farmers Kitchen + Bar
There are lunch and dinner options at this farm-to-table restaurant. Every day during Lent, the shore lunch includes a fried walleye sandwich ($16) and there’s lake trout on the supper menu – a seared tenderloin with wild rice pilaf and vegetables ($24). There is also a special Fish Friday, details on social media.
750 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-200-9434, Farmerskitchenandbar.com.
Gabe’s bar and kitchen
There are several options, depending on your timing and hunger level. For supper, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., it’s all-you-can-eat cod (fried in Lift Bridge Farm Girl batter) with fries and coleslaw ($15.95). Lunch? Get two pieces with fries and coleslaw ($12.95) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A three-piece meal ($15.95) is available for curbside pickup from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations available.
991 Lexington Pkwy. N., St. Paul, 651-646-3066, gabesmn.com.
Gluek’s Bar & Restaurant
The brasserie-like Bavarian Dining Room — a downtown Minneapolis treasure — does fish fry every Friday from noon to 11 p.m. The all-you-can-eat format ($15.95) includes beer (lager from Gluek, of course) and fried cod, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, and caper-dill tartar sauce.
16 N. 6th St., MPs, 612-338-6621, glueks.com
Get your fix of fried cod Fridays from 3-6 p.m. ($18) or stick with one of Lex’s classics, like the Whitefish Gorbachev (pecan-crusted white fish with smoked tomato butter $34 ).
1096 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-289-4990, thelexmn.com.
Lucky’s 13 Pub
There are several Friday night fish options at all five locations of this group of locally owned restaurants. Get hand-fried, breaded Icelandic cod with coleslaw and fries (two pieces, $15.99; three pieces, $17.99). Or switch it up with a fish sandwich ($13.99).
Locations in Bloomington, Burnsville, Mendota, Plymouth and Roseville; luckys13pub.com.
Mac’s fish crisp strips
A quick-serve source for fried fish, fried potatoes and coleslaw since 1991. It’s all about the choices (cod, pickerel, halibut, shrimp, clams) in baskets and tacos, at affordable prices (two-piece dinners start at $12.95). Don’t leave without a freshly made salt water taffy.
1330 W. Larpenteur Av., St. Paul, and 610 W. 54th St., Mpls., macsfishchipsstrips.com.
Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar
The Friday special, available for lunch and dinner, features three pieces of Alaskan cod, hand-dipped in Able Ol’ Trusty Light Lager house beer batter and deep-fried. It is served with homemade coleslaw and tartar sauce as well as parmesan-parsley fries ($17).
1565 Cliff Road, Eagan, 651-340-7809, masonjar.kitchen.
Me & Julio
Treat yourself on Friday at this Tex-Mex spot with two pieces of beer-battered cod, fries and coleslaw ($13.99). Or get these two pieces as a sandwich (with American cheese, lettuce and tartar sauce) with fries for the same price.
350 33rd St. W., Hastings, 651-438-2520, meandjuliomn.com.
Fans of traditional British fish and chips, rejoice. Here, pub breaded pollock is served on a bed of chips, salted, malted and wrapped in newspaper and served with pub gravy. Those who don’t want to try new things can get it “Yankee style” without the malt vinegar and paper. Available as a single order or in family format (from $10.50 for the small to $35 for the family format) in the dining room and to take away.
3601 E. Lake St., MPs, 612-216-2419, merlinsrest.com.
Go old-fashioned at this historic restaurant – open since 1906 – with classic fish and chips. Beer-battered Atlantic cod and fries ($22.95) are served all day, and not just on Fridays either.
219 3rd Av. N., deputies, 612-333-5900, montecarlomn.com.
Northbound Smokehouse and Brewery
Here, the fish-and-chips uses Alaska pollock loin fried with its own Pravy Pilsner beer batter and served with hand-cut fries ($15). Served with hand-cut seasoned fries. A recent renovation includes a broader menu, a redesigned bar, more craft cocktails, and expanded lager and barrel aging programs.
2716 E. 38th St., MPs, 612-208-1450, northboundbrewpub.com.
The Pillbox Tavern
When the delight cannot be limited to a single day. The Summit beer breaded walleye with fries, homemade coleslaw and tartar sauce ($19) is available on Thursdays and Fridays during Lent.
400 N. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-756-7566, pillboxtav.com.
Red Cow has more than burgers — its Lenten offerings include a traditional fish fry with beer pollock and fries ($13.50).
3624 W. 50th St., Mpls. ; 393 Selby Avenue, St. Paul; 208 1st Av. N. Mpls., 2626 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., redcowmn.com.
Red Stag Supperclub
Choose between cod or perch for this Friday night special from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each basket ($12 for cod, $14 for perch) comes with fish, coleslaw, potato chips and sweet onion tartar sauce. Get duplicates for $5 more.
509 1st Av. NE., Mpls., 612-767-7766, redstagsupperclub.com.
Every Friday, this beloved neighborhood bar serves a basket of fish and chips with fried cod and fries ($8.95) or a dinner of fried or baked pickerel with side dishes and a side dish. soup or salad ($13.95). Both are available all day during Lent.
919 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 651-291-0146, skinnersmn.com.
Double the fun in two places. There’s fish and chips — beer-battered cod, Cajun fries, and coleslaw — at both locations ($21.95) and specials include blackened mahi mahi at the North Loop location ($32) and the swordfish schnitzel ($28.95) in Bloomington.
603 Washington Ave N., Mpls., 612-259-7288; 3801 Minnesota Drive, Bloomington, 952-333-7722, smack-shack.com.
Tattersall River Falls
Choose your own Friday night adventure. Lightly breaded and seasoned Caribbean perch seared in butter, served on a bed of Parmesan red potatoes ($18) or Chilean sea bass seared in butter topped with mango chutney served on a bed of roasted asparagus and cippolini onions ($42).
1777 Paulson Road, River Falls, Wisconsin 534-248-8300, tattersalldistilling.com.
Tiffany Sports Lounge
On Lenten Fridays, this 50-year-old Highland Village hangout turns to St. Paul-brewed Summit beer to whip up Alaskan pollock batter, adding coleslaw and fresh fries. cut. Individual portions (served until 6 p.m.) cost $14.95, the all-you-can-eat version (served 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.) costs $16.95 and the children’s plate (served 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) costs $7.95.
2051 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul, tiffanysportslounge.com
Ukrainian American Cultural Center
If you’re on the go, choose a dinner of pierogis, fish, chips, coleslaw, and dessert ($14) or skip the fish and have a dozen pierogis instead (with sautéed onions). Order in advance online or by phone (leave a message). From Friday to April 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
301 NE Main St., Mpls., 612-379-1956, uaccmn.org.
Every Friday, year-round, the tasting room at Minnesota’s first female-owned microbrewery pays homage to the beloved Wisconsin institution of frying fish. The fish is breaded pickerel and it’s served with a choice of sides plus creamy coleslaw, tartar sauce and pumpernickel rye bread ($20). Served from 11:30 a.m. or while supplies last.
2325 Endicott St., St. Paul, 651-340-5793, urbangrowlerbrewing.com.
At this Friday night feast, the all-you-can-eat setup is fish-only — which is Alaskan cod — and it’s served with fries and coleslaw ($13.99). From 5 p.m., on site only.
Six Twin Cities locations, willymccoys.com
A few fish-fry-Friday choices: hand-breaded Icelandic cod, crispy fried and served with coleslaw and fries, or English-style fish and chips with crispy fried floured cod loin and served with steak frites, broccoli and tartar sauce (both $17.99).
1755 Yankee Doodle Road, Eagan, 651-756-8748, theyankeetavern.com.