On Lenten Fridays, the best place to catch a tasty and affordable fish dinner is at churches. Kitchen volunteers go all out to showcase their culinary skills and the menu does not stop with just fried or baked fish.
Pan-seared Alaskan salmon, New England clam chowder, Maryland crab cakes and tuna salad on a croissant are featured and so are fresh doughnuts, lobster mac and cheese, sweet crepes and craft beer.
Restaurants and fish markets are known to feature seafood all year round but there are some that are unveiling items specifically created for this year’s Lent.
A whale of a cod is splashed with Nashville hot tartar sauce at Eat'n Park, Wholey's has a shrimp burger christened after WQED celeb, Rick Sebak, Boston cod is gussied up with lemon-crab aioli at The Warren and a Dover sole is sauced tableside at Penn Avenue Fish Company.
Here’s an interactive map of churches and restaurants in Allegheny County that feature those dishes and more at their fish fries.