It's Lent, which means it's fried fish season. Here are some fun facts about Lent and fish fries and where you can get good fish in Louisville. Nikki Boliaux, Louisville Courier Journal


Crunchy breaded fried fish with tartar sauce and lots of lemon — and don't forget the hush puppies, potato pancakes and coleslaw.

This Lenten season specialty isn't just for those of the Roman Catholic faith. Everyone in Des Moines can get in on the fish fry action on one of six Friday nights in the weeks ahead, from March 8 to April 12.

Here are some local churches and restaurants where you can find a fish fry. And be sure to save room for dessert — you can't give up everything for Lent.

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All Saints Catholic Church

650 NE 52nd Ave., Des Moines

The Knights of Columbus will hold its Lenten fish fry from 5 to 9 p.m. on all six Fridays, March 8 to April 12. Enjoy hand-breaded Alaskan pollock, grilled cheese sandwiches, baked potato or french fries, macaroni and cheese, bread and butter. Beverages and dessert are included. 

Price: $9 for adults, $4 for children, age 6-12; children under 6 eat for free.

More info: (515) 265-5001;; Facebook

Basilica of St. John

1915 University Ave., Des Moines

Fish fry dinners take place on the six Fridays during Lent from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. The menu includes fried catfish or baked seasoned pollock — and fried catfish nuggets for the kids — with egg rolls, Spanish rice and two sides. Also includes bread, brownies, ice cream and drinks. Stations of the Cross begins at 7 p.m.

Enter the church hall through the northeast parking lot door, an elevator is available.  
Price: $10 adults; $3 kids 4-10; under 3, free. Carryout and family rates are available. 
More info: (515) 244-3101, ext. 0; basilicaofstjohn.orgFacebook

Christ the King Parish

5711 S.W. 9th St., Des Moines

Knights of Columbus will hold a fish fry dinner all six Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes baked salmon, fried cod, baked Parmesan-crusted tilapia, or cheese pizza. Sides will include french fries, coleslaw, cheesy potatoes, green beans and dinner rolls. Beverages include lemonade and iced tea. The Youth Group will sell homemade desserts as a fundraiser to pay for a trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference.

Price: $8 adults; $4 kids. Takeout service is available.

More info: (515) 285-2888; christthekingparish.orgFacebook

Holy Trinity Catholic Church & School 

2926 Beaver Ave., Des Moines

Knights of Columbus will serve its Lenten Fish Dinners for three Fridays: March 8 and 29, and April 12. Baked tilapia and baked beer-battered cod, mac and cheese, cheesy potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, dinner rolls with butter, fish tacos and assorted beverages will be available. 

Desserts provided by Holy Trinity youth group. Free-will offering to support youth group activities. Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.

Price: $9 adults, $5 kids 5-12; under 5, free; $35 maximum per family.

More info: (515) 255-3162; htschool.orgFacebook

Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church

510 E. 1st St., Ankeny

The Knights of Columbus fish fry dinner will take place in the OLIH multi-purpose room for three Fridays — March 15 and 29, and April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include hand-battered fried pollock, baked cod, fish tacos, baked potatoes, corn, green beans, dinner rolls, ice cream sundaes and grilled cheese and tater tots for the kids. A free-will offering will be taken and all donations support local charities.

Takeout service will be available.

Price: Free-will offerings.

More info: (515) 964-3038; olih.orgFacebook

Sacred Heart Church

1627 Grand Ave., West Des Moines

For all six Fridays, Sacred Heart's youth ministry is holding its all-you-can-eat fish fry dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the school gym. Dinner includes hand-battered fish, lemon-pepper baked fish, a variety of sides, macaroni and cheese, fish tacos and cheese pizza. Desserts available for purchase and all proceeds benefit youth ministries.

Takeout service is available.

Price: $9 adults; $5 kids 3-10; kids 2 and under, free. $35 family maximum.

More info: (515) 225-6414; sacredheartwdm.orgFacebook

Sts. John & Paul Catholic Church 

1401 1st Ave. S., Altoona

This Friday night fish fry, served by the Knights of Columbus, is all-you-can-eat from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for all six Fridays. This year's menu includes baked or deep-fried Alaskan pollock with baked potato or potato salad, green beans, homemade cole slaw and a roll. For the kids, macaroni and cheese or cheese pizza are available. Drinks include coffee, lemonade, iced tea and water. Dessert is free with a donation to support Parish youth groups.

The event takes place in the parish hall. Drive-thru and take-out are also available. Enter on First Avenue and drive to the east side of the church building near Circle Drive to place your order, pay and pick up.

Price: $10 adults; $5 kids 6-12; under 5, free. $4 to add a skewer of shrimp. Drive-thru and takeout, $10 per order (includes three fish fillets, coleslaw, Hawaiian roll and choice of potato salad or baked potato — no substitutions and no child-size orders are available with the drive-thru, but kids' mac and cheese and pizza meals will be available).

More info: (515) 967-3796 ; ssjohnpaul.orgFacebook

St. Anthony Catholic Church

15 Indianola Ave., Des Moines

The Knights of Columbus No. 12482 will hold its fish fry dinners all six Fridays in the parish hall from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes baked and fried cod, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, baked potatoes or french fries, mac and cheese and dessert. Beverages include coffee, lemonade and water. Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Takeout service is available and raffles to win door prizes are free with cost of dinner.

Price: $9 for adults; $5, children 4 to 12; children 3 an under, free.

More info: (515) 244-4709; stanthonydsm.orgFacebook

St. Mary of Nazareth Church 

4600 Meredith Dr., Des Moines

The Knights of Columbus fish fries will take place all six Fridays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes fried or baked fish, baked or mashed potatoes, wild rice or french fries; green beans, corn, coleslaw, fruit salad, mac and cheese, rolls and butter. Beverages include lemonade and coffee. Assorted desserts are available for a free-will donation.

Price: $10 adults; $5 kids 12 and under; $9 senior 60 and older.

More info: (515) 276-4042; stmarysdsm.orgFacebook

St. Ambrose Cathedral

607 High St., Des Moines

Enjoy a Lenten fish fry lunch for all six Fridays from 12 to 1 p.m. in the parish hall. The meal includes a fish sandwich, fruit, chips and a drink.

Price: $5 per person.

More info: (515) 288-7411; saintambrosecathedral.orgFacebook

St. Augustin's Catholic Church  

545 42nd St., Des Moines

Knights of Columbus will have a Fiesta Fish Bake on two Fridays: April 5 and 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Takeout is available. Proceeds benefit Knights of Columbus and church youth groups. Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.

Parking is available in the rear off Grand Avenue. Enter the church through the east entrance.

Price: $15 for adults; $5 for children 11 and under; $40 max per family.

More info: (515) 255-1175; staugustin.orgFacebook

St. Boniface Catholic Church 

1200 Warrior Ln., Waukee

The Knights of Columbus will be serving its annual Lenten Fish Fries the six Fridays of Lent from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Parish Hall in Waukee. The Lenten smorgasbord includes baked and fried fish, fried shrimp, pasta, side dishes, breakfast potato and a drink. Alternative dishes include spaghetti with three sauces and cheese pizza.

Desserts offered by the St. Boniface youth groups (free-will offering).

Price: $10 adults; $5 kids 3-10; kids under 3, free; $35 immediate family maximum.

More info: (515) 987-4597;

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church  

7075 Ashworth Rd., West Des Moines

The Knights of Columbus fish fry will take place all six Fridays from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the parish hall. Dinner includes fried pollock, baked salmon, baked potatoes, french fries, cheese pizza, penne pasta, mac and cheese, mixed vegetables, fruit cocktail, cottage cheese, salad and breadsticks. Beverages include iced tea, water and lemonade. Desserts are a la carte and proceeds benefit church youth groups. Knights of Columbus Council 12422 members eat for free with active membership card.

Takeout service offered.

Price: $10 adults; $5 kids 6-12; kids under 6, free. 

More info: (515) 223-4577; saintfrancischurch.orgFacebook

St. Elizabeth Seton Church  

2566 Scotch Ridge Rd., Carlisle

The St. Elizabeth Seton Knights of Columbus Council No. 8114 will hold Lenten fish fries on three Fridays — March 15 and 29, and April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Seton Parish Hall. The menu will include baked and deep-fried fish fillets, coleslaw, baked potato or potato chips, rolls, coffee and lemonade. Desserts will be available from the St. Elizabeth Seton Ladies Guild. Carryout dinners are also available. Some of the proceeds will be donated to the local Dollars for Scholars Scholarship program. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Price: $9 adults; $4 kids 6-11; kids under 5, free.

More info: (515) 989-0659; stelizabethcarlisle.comFacebook

St. Joseph's Catholic Church  

3300 Easton Blvd., Des Moines

The Knight of Columbus fish fry is hosted by St. Joseph's Council No. 10980 for all six Fridays during the Lenten season from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinners include baked or fried fish, hush puppies, green bean casserole, tuna noodle casserole, mac and cheese, cheesy potatoes, roll and butter, dessert and beverages.

Price: $9 adults, $7 kids 6-12; kids under 6, free. $40 family maximum (immediate family only).

More info: (515) 266-2621; stjosephdm.orgFacebook

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 

210 Route 63 Hwy., Indianola

A fish fry dinner will be held for all six Fridays in Palmer Hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes baked and fried Alaska pollock with no wheat flour, french fries or baked potatoes, homemade coleslaw, home-baked buns and grilled cheese sandwiches. Beverages include water, lemonade and coffee. A Boy Scout troop will provide dessert with a free-will offering. 

Takeout service is available for $10 each.

Price: $10 adults; $5 kids 6-12; kids under 5, free.

More info: (515) 961-7499; stthomasindianola.comFacebook

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The Beerhouse 

4810 NW 86th St., Urbandale

Beerhouse will be offering a 15 percent discount on "everything that swims" on its menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. That includes shrimp tacos, fish tacos, ahi tuna tacos, po' boy sliders, fish and chips and crab rangoon pizza. 

Price: Variable, according to the dish ordered.

More info: (515) 278-1821; beerhouseia.comFacebook

Bonanza Steakhouse

5029 NE 14th St., Des Moines

Bonanza Steakhouse has added three new seafood items to its menu until April 21:

  • Crispy Crunchy Cod: Half-pound (precooked weight) of hand-breaded and fried Cod, served on a bed of steak fries, with herbed tartar sauce, lemon wedge and kale garnish on the side ($9.99)
  • Grilled Shrimp Scampi: Two skewers of grilled shrimp, served on a bed of Scampi-sauced rice pilaf, dusted with shredded parmesan cheese, with scampi sauce, lemon wedge and kale garnish on the side ($9.99)
  • Pineapple Salmon: A generous portion of grilled Salmon, served on a bed of rice pilaf, with fresh homemade pineapple salsa, with a lemon wedge and kale garnish on the side ($12.99)

More info: (515) 262-0379; pon-bon.comFacebook

Bonefish Grille  

650 S. Prairie View Dr., West Des Moines

Bonefish Grill is offering a Lenten special called Fish Frydays beginning on March 8. Diners can enjoy the Angler’s Catch — tempura-battered cod, shrimp and scallops served on a bed of French fries with coleslaw, tartar sauce and malt vinegar on the side.

Other Lenten-friendly specialties are also available like the OMG (Ocean Mixed Grill) 4-course dinner for two for $49.

Price: Prices vary by dish. Angler's Catch special is under $20.

More info: (515) 267-0064; bonefishgrill.comFacebook

The Chicken

4221 SE Orilla Rd., Ste. A, West Des Moines

The Chicken has released its Lenten menu that includes seven dishes from $8.99 to $12.99:

More info: (515) 410-2520;; Facebook


Enjoy plenty of seafood specialties at Culver's for Lent:

  • North Atlantic Cod Sandwich or Dinner: Wild-caught then hand-battered in herbs and spices and fried. The cod can be enjoyed as a sandwich or dinner with Culver’s secret family recipe tartar sauce.
  • Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp Value Basket or Dinner: Six pieces of lightly-breaded shrimp served with a side and a soft drink. Or choose a 6-piece or 10-piece dinner served with crinkle cut fries, coleslaw and a dinner roll. 
  • Northwoods Walleye: Starting February 25, enjoy fresh-caught Northwoods Walleye,  hand-battered and fried (while supplies last).

Locations: Various throughout the metro.

More info:

Gateway Market and Cafe

2002 Woodland Ave., Des Moines

Fish Fry Fridays are back at Gateway Market and Cafe. Enjoy beer-battered fresh cod with fries, hush puppies, tartar sauce, fresh lemon and coleslaw every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Easter (April 19). And Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles are $2.

Price: $11.99

More info: (515) 243-1754; gatewaymarket.comFacebook

The Machine Shed Restaurant Urbandale

11151 Hickman Rd., Urbandale

Enjoy a Lenten Fish Fry at The Machine Shed Restaurant Urbandale for its Fish Fry Fridays. $13.99 Enjoy 'all-you-care-to-eat' fried cod for $13.99. Dinner includes potato, vegetable and all the Shed fixings. For its Friday lunch special, enjoy two pieces of cod, a vegetable, potato and the salad bar for $10.99 on Fridays during Lent. 

More info: (515) 270-6818; machineshed.comFacebook

Teddy Maroon's

2301 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Teddy Maroon's will be rotating features throughout Lent:

  • Fisherman's Basket: Beer-battered cod, shrimp, clam strips, coleslaw, fries and hushpuppies ($16.99)
  • Pan-Roasted Monkfish: Topped with mushrooms and lemon-butter and served with roasted garlic lentils ($18.99)
  • Lemon Pepper Snapper: Topped with herbed butter and served with green beans and Yukon Gold potatoes ($17.99)
  • Mustard-Glazed Char: Pan-seared and topped with miso-mustard glaze and served with roasted fennel, leeks and brown rice ($18.99)
  • Trout Piccatta: Seared rainbow trout topped with lemon-caper butter sauce. Served with sauteed spinach, charred tomatoes and farro ($17.99)

Teddy Maroon's regular menu includes a number of seafood offerings including TNT Shrimp, beer-battered fish tacos, fish and chips, salmon cakes and chimichurri walleye. 

More info: (515) 212-4900;; Facebook

Having a Lenten fish fry and don't see yours on this list? Please email Brian Carlson to be added.

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