shrimp po'boy at café la vie in the le meridien st. louis clayton hotel photo courtesy of café la vie

10 St. Louis restaurants taking care of your Fish Fry Friday needs during Lent

Lent is upon us once again, and restaurants around St. Louis are adding new seafood options to their menus. From cod sandwiches to fish tacos, customers can enjoy several Lent specials for a limited time beginning Friday, Feb. 16, and continuing through March 29.

Brasserie by Niche
Brasserie by Niche will feature the Brass Burger Fish Sando which is made with beer-battered and fried cod, arugula, house pickles and tartar sauce. The sandwich will be served on a soft Companion brioche bun with a side of fries.
4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.454.0600,

Cafe la Vie at Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton Hotel
Café la Vie is introducing a new seafood sandwich to the menu that will only be available on Fridays from Feb. 16 to March 29. The crispy fried shrimp po’boy is made with crispy fried gulf shrimp, pickles,  lettuce, and a 16-spice remoulade sauce. The sandwich is served on a grilled baguette and comes with a side of fries.
7730 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton, 314.863.0400,

Commonwealth at Angad Arts Hotel
Commonwealth is offering three new fish specials only on Fridays during the Lenten season. Try the New England clam chowder or the classic fish and chips served with coleslaw. Additionally, they will feature blackened trout for $28 with a grilled lemon-caper sauce, herbed couscous and grilled asparagus spears. Open Tuesday through Saturday, the restaurant also features seafood on its regular menu which includes curried mussels, seafood ravioli, Creole shrimp and grits and pan-seared snapper.
634 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.561.0033,

Lion’s Choice
Lion’s Choice, the famous St. Louis roast beef chain, will also offer a Lent special with the crispy cod sandwich. The new menu item will be available at all Lion’s Choice locations every Friday during Lent. It's served with a slice of melted Swiss cheese and tartar sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun. Customers may purchase the sandwich alone or as a meal with fries and a drink.
Multiple locations,

Mission Taco Joint
Mission Taco Joint is offering a new fish taco for Lent this year. The What A Jerk Salmon Taco is made with a Jamaican jerk-rubbed salmon fillet grilled in a banana leaf along with grilled pineapple pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, habañero aioli and citrus pickled onions served in a flour tortilla. The seasonal taco is available daily Monday, Feb. 12, through March at all eight Mission Taco Joint locations. The restaurant also offers year-round seafood options including the Mango Hop-Anero Shrimp and Baja fish tacos.
Multiple locations,


fried mango salmon at king & i thai // photo courtesy of king & i thai


Pietro's Restaurant
Pietro's Restaurant is offering its own Lent specials which include a choice of fried cod or grilled grouper served with green beans, mashed potatoes and homemade tartar sauce. The offer runs every Friday during Lent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is available for dine-in or carryout. You can place carryout orders by phone or online.
3801 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314.645.9263,

The following local restaurants are not offering specials for Lent; however, they offer great seafood dishes year-round.

Casa Don Alfonso
Casa Don Alfonso, known for its high-end Italian menu, offers Mediterranean options that are Lent-friendly. Look for the Mediterranean swordfish carpaccio with salmon roe, orange and lemon supreme; breaded baked grouper with potato and white wine sauce; and their catch of the day, a rotating selection of fresh fish served with cherry tomatoes, anchovies, onions and vegetables brunoise.
100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, 314.719.1496,

El Molino del Sureste
El Molino del Sureste features authentic Yucatecan cuisine which offers plenty of Lent-friendly options. El Molino’s menu holds many seafood options including Cectel de Camarón with shrimp, tomato, onion and avocado in a tomato-chile sauce with herbs; Cayo de Hacha en Mole Blanco, sea scallops with white chocolate mole, fennel and herbs; Jurel en Salsa Macha, roasted mackerel with salsa macha and herbs; and Aguachile Rojo de Cayo de Hacha, sea scallops in a red marinade, avocado, onion and xtabentun.
5005 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis,

King & I Thai
King & I’s version of a Lent-friendly, fish fry dish is the mango salmon. This menu item is made with fried salmon and topped with shredded green mango, red onion, carrots and cilantro dressed with their special Thai-style vinaigrette. For an additional seafood dish, King & I’s seafood hot pot is made up of a spicy creamy broth with shrimp, clams, scallops, calamari, imitation crab, mushrooms, fresh chiles, kaffir leaves, lemongrass, galangal and a splash of lime juice.
8039 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.771.1777,

Schlafly Beer
Schlafly Beer has much more than just beverages. The St. Louis craft brewery offers fish and fries and a catfish po’boy at all four brewpub locations for dine-in and pick-up. The fish and fries dish includes Hefeweizen-battered cod served on a bed of house-cut French fries with tartar sauce. Additionally, Schlafly Highland features a blackened salmon dish with creamy spinach and herb pasta. Pair these fish dishes with any Schlafly beer for the ultimate experience.
Multiple locations,