GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Fish and chips sales are expected to surge in the coming weeks now that the Lenten season is upon us and a significant part of the population will refrain from eating meat for seven consecutive Fridays. Whether you're observing Lent or not, for devoted fish and chips lovers, nothing beats all-you-can-eat nights.
Some spots are AYCE, some churches or clubs, and others Twin Cities restaurants making the extra effort in the name of almighty cod. Here are our picks for Friday fish fries in the Twin Cities.
Obb's Sports Bar and Grill
After switching tracks from a grocery and feed store to a bar in 1931, Obb's hasn't looked back. On Fridays it's $10.95 for AYCE pollock and your choice of baked or French fried potatoes.
Red Stag Supperclub
Raising the fish fry bar, the Red Stag offers an extended pescatarian menu every Friday. Selections include various sizes of blue gill, northern and cod as well as other seafood specialties. Entree prices are a little steep, but the baskets are comparable.
The Anchor Fish & Chips
A classic Irish fish and chips joint, The Anchor serves inexpensive bar food in a great atmosphere. It's bound to be busy, especially on Fridays when people are on the look out for a Friday fish fix.
The B-Dale Club
A true community center, this place is named after the intersection near which it resides. For Lent, you can get fried cod, with baked potato, green beans and a dinner roll, in neighborhood of $6.50; $7.25 for shrimp and $7.50 for both fish and shrimp. This is not an AYCE joint.
Both the St. Paul and Minneapolis Brasa locations are adding a cornmeal crusted catfish plate (or sandwich) especially for the season. Try it if you're observing Lent, or simply dead-set on trying ANYTHING that comes out of the Brasa kitchen.
You'll believe you've stumbled into an authentic British Isles pub. The Friday fish fry special here is salmon and they're fryin' it through Easter.
St. Paul is the place to be on Friday fish fry day. Here you can get beer battered cod, with fries and slaw for $11.95. This special is all you can eat.
St. Clair Broiler
Here's it's deep fried Alaskan pollock. Served with your choice of soup, salad or coleslaw and a choice of baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes or fries. $11.95
Tinucci's Restaurant, Deli and Catering
The Tinucci family has been serving their famous buffet to a dedicated and discerning crowd for over fifty years. AYCE fish is lined up on Fridays through Lent.
Elsie's Restaurant, Bar and Bowling Center
A Northeast Minneapolis tradition you can always count on, Elsie's dishes out AYCE fried fish on Friday's for $9.99. Get in a game of bowling while you're there.
The Groveland Tap
A cozy family restaurant that morphs into a bit of a Macalester College bar at night. Beer battered sway fish (white fish like pollock) and sides (fries and coleslaw) are AYCE for $9.99.
Capital View Café
You won't go home hungry after eating at the Capital View Café. Every Friday through Lent, you can Alaskan pollock for $9.95. This is an AYCE spot, and you'll get soup, salad, potato or slaw on the side.
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