Great Catch: Easiest Way to Tasty Lenten Fish Frys
Looking for a delicious battered fish sandwich or golden-brown pierogies on Friday? Here’s a handy guide plus a few fun facts about our fascination with fish.
PHOTO BY RICHARD COOK
Juicy, hand-breaded fish fillets. Golden brown pierogies. The sweet cabbage of haluski. Is this Heaven? No, it’s fish fry season in western Pennsylvania, and Pittsburghers are serious about their Lenten fish. Now, thanks to this custom Google Map of Lenten Fish Frys around Pittsburgh, you can find the nearest Friday feast faster than you can say “Amen.”
These fish frys go above and beyond any typical fish fry — you'll likely find some combination of pierogies, haluski, Polish croquettes, baked goods or other Pittsburgh-inspired foods. You can find the menus in the location description on the map. Aside from eating on-site, many of these locations offer takeout options that can be called in ahead of time.
Restaurants are also flooded with fish-seeking customers this time of year. Kevin O’Connell, the head of marketing for Eat’n Park, tells us the restaurant chain sold 246,000 fish items between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday last year. On the seven Fridays alone in the Lenten season, that equated to about 15 tons of their Whale of a Cod products, which just happens to be the average weight of a full size female sperm whale.
Yeah, that's a lot of fish.
#Charity: Cupid's Undie Run
If you feel the need to run off a few calories from that Friday fish sandwich, go for a run in your underwear. You won't be alone.
Cupid’s Undie Run, the world’s largest underwear run (we’d hope so), begins at noon Saturday at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon on the North Shore.
As they have done the past couple of years, hundreds of Pittsburghers will sprint in their skivvies for a great cause — to raise funds for The Children’s Tumor Foundation. The event, which takes part in 36 cities, raised $3.5 million last year.
Don’t worry, it’s only a mile.
Sound like fun? You can register now for the run for $55.