We are in fish on Friday time for some people in Columbus, Lent. Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent, every year. Although I grew up Catholic I did not grow up in a family that ate fried fish. We ate baked fish or tuna casserole in the privacy of our own home some Fridays. Fish was in the minority as I remember it. We ate pancakes. I did not like pancakes as a kid. I loved fried fish when I discovered it in college. Or maybe it was the french fries and ‘macaroni & cheese’ served at “fish fries” with the fried fish. From my college days on while I still lived in Wisconsin, the Friday night fish fries at restaurants were huge. I heard of fish fries at churches but I never went to one until I lived in Columbus.
Not that I don’t love the Columbus Fish Market…. num. “Friday Fish Fries” (even if you don’t eat fried fish) are a different experience from eating at a fine restaurant that serves fish.
the BEST Fish on Friday in Columbus
I have only been to one Columbus Catholic parishes “Friday Fish Fry”, St. Joan of Arc several years ago. I think we went because they served baked fish as well as fried fish. We went with a bunch of friends.
I have always heard that the best “fish fries” in Columbus is at St. Margaret of Cortona on Hague Ave or Our Lady of Victory in Marble Cliff. An old post online from the Columbus Dispatch asking the question of where the best fish fry in Columbus someone says ” St. Stephen the Martyr, 4131 Clime Road in Columbus, definitely the best.” Columbus westside and south-western suburban Franklin County has better fish than the north-side? Or elsewhere?
I have also heard good things about the fish fry at the Shamrock Club in Columbus.
St. Joan of Arc in Powell, St. Michael in Worthington and St. Paul in Westerville all have a Friday evening fish fry during Lent. I read somewhere that St. Michael in Worthington serves fish from Old Bag of Nail’s… I was trying to find something online about the “Fish Fry” at St. Michael’s yesterday and found that the St. Michael Church website is being redone. Today giving it another try I found this menu and information and associated prices:
Menu* this year includes:
Macaroni & Cheese
Vegetables and Rice
Coffee, Tea and Lemonade
And all your favorite desserts
Beer and wine (for an additional donation)
* Darn! Although I was searching for “Fish Fry” and “Columbus” the St. Michael the Archangel parish Friday Fish Fry with that menu is NOT in Columbus. The Knights of Columbus, a fraternal organization in many Catholic churches sponsor the “Friday Fish Fry.” That makes Columbus relatively useless as a search term. This St. Michael the Archangel parish is elsewhere. Forget smoked salmon….
A lot of Catholic parishes have pasta or pizza without meat on their menus today because a lot of people do not like fish, fried or otherwise.
Dayton is the BEST place to find fish in Columbus
Another search took me to a page on the NBCi4.com site which showed “Columbus fish fry events” and a number of Dayton, Ohio events. I thought I was on a Dayton TV stations site but the advertising on the side was all Columbus businesses. Grabbing a screen shot of “columbus fish fry events”:
Maybe I am on a search that is only looking for events in the Dayton area on the Columbus TV stations website. Using the Worthington Zip code 43085 on the NBC4i.com website I was still shown information on “fish fries” in the Dayton area. Nothing for Columbus area churches or organizations. Using the Powell Zip code, I got information on one fish fry closer to home:
Fish Fry – K of C Council 11188
Fried ocean Perch or baked fish. We coat the fish with breading before deep frying …
5225 Refugee Rd.
If you want to recommend a fish fry closer to home to friends in central Ohio, use ’365 Things to do in Columbus Ohio’ on Facebook (link in the sidebar on ColumbusBestBlog.com) Pictured some of my favorite fish. Actually the red ones are my favorite. None were available for photography.