Break out the tartar sauce. It's officially Lent, which means that Friday night fish fries are a dinnertime staple. While we love a good church fish fry, there are just too many to mention. So we turned to these metro-area restaurants to get our deep-fried fill.
The kitchen inside the American Legion Post 98 in St. Paul Park is holding Friday night fish fries through Lent. Thick hunks of cod are deep-fried (or baked) and served buffet-style in an all-you-can-eat feast ($17) from 4 to 7 p.m. Orders are also available to go with three fillets and sides, which include au gratin potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw mac and cheese and pudding. Proceeds benefit the American Legion.
328 Broadway Av., St. Paul Park, 651-459-8016, 328grill.com
The Anchor Fish & Chips
Reservations are required to sit inside this cozy Northeast restaurant, but the beloved hand-battered wild Alaskan cod, housemade tartar and hand-cut chips ($17) are also available as takeout from the food truck in the back parking lot.
302 13th Av. NE., Mpls., theanchorfishandchips.com
Bull's Horn Food and Drink
Fish fry baskets are back every Friday through Lent — three pieces of beer-battered walleye with a side of fries and fresh tartar sauce ($13.50).
4563 34th Av. S., Mpls., 612-208-1378, bullshornfoodanddrink.com
During Lent it's more of a Fish Fry Dive than Burger Dive with a traditional cod fish fry with slice potatoes, rye toast and coleslaw ($18). And it's served every day, not just Fridays.
731 Randolph Av., St. Paul, 651-294-3240, burgerdivemn.com
Charlie's Restaurant & Irish Pub
Friday Lenten specials at this restaurant inside Stillwater's historic Water Street Inn include fish and chips — battered cod served on a bed of fries ($21) — or battered walleye serve on a hoagie with a side of kettle chips ($20).
103 Main St., Stillwater, 612-230-0647, waterstreetinn.us
Go for the all-you-can-eat beer-battered fried fish served with housemade giardiniera, herb aioli, tartar sauce and fries ($18) starting at 4 p.m. every Friday. Plus, there's a weekly meat raffle starting at 5 p.m.
14845 Robert Trail S., Rosemount, 651-448-2220, theclovermn.com
One of the great pleasures of a supper club visit is tucking into a big ol' fish fry on a bustling Friday night. Creekside uses a choose-your-own adventure style with cod ($24), perch ($21) or walleye ($29). The fish is beer battered and served with housemade tartar sauce, lemon, and rye bread.
4820 Chicago Av., Mpls., 612-354-3675, creeksidemn.com
Branch out just a tiny bit from the straight up fish fries for the El Sazon basket. Find fantastic Mexican fare inside this Eagan gas station along with a crispy fish special on Fridays. Tempura battered walleye is served with jicama, apple, and fennel slaw, roasted poblano tartar sauce and salsa Valentina for just $13.
1815 Diffley Rd., Eagan, 763-276-0654, elsazonmn.com
Farmers Kitchen + Bar
This farm-to-table restaurant has both brunch and dinner fish options on Fridays and Saturdays through Lent. Enjoy a walleye tot Benedict ($17), smoked white fish chowder ($6/$8), smoked white fish pot pie ($17) and pan-seared Red Lake Nation walleye ($25). Reservations are available.
750 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-200-9434, farmerskitchenandbar.com
Back to Stillwater, among the Friday Lenten specials here is the fish and chips — hand-battered cod, housemade tartar, slaw, fries and Texas toast for $20. (Pan-fried walleye and seared salmon dinners are available, too.)
305 S. Water St., Stillwater, 651-439-5718, thefreighthouse.com
Gabe's Bar and Kitchen
There are several options, depending on your timing and hunger level. For dinner, from 3-10 p.m., it's all-you-can eat cod (fried using batter made with Lift Bridge's Farm Girl) with fries and slaw ($15.95). Lunch? Get two pieces with fries and slaw ($13.50) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. On the run? A three-piece meal ($15.95) is available for curbside pickup from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
991 Lexington Pkwy. N., St. Paul, 651-646-3066, gabesmn.com
Gluek's Bar & Restaurant
The Bavarian beer-hall-like dining room — a downtown Minneapolis treasure — has been hosting its Lenten fish fry for more than 20 years. Every Friday from noon to 11 p.m., the all-you-can-eat format ($15.95) includes hand-dipped beer-battered (Gluek's lager, of course) and fried cod, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw and a caper-and-dill tartar sauce.
16 N. 6th St., Mpls., 612-338-6621, glueks.com
Kendall's Tavern & Chophouse
It's fish fry Friday overlooking the Bunker Hills Golf Course at Kendall's with 12-ounce fillets of hand-battered haddock served with French fries and coleslaw for $20.95.
12800 Bunker Prairie Rd. NW., Coon Rapids, 763-755-1234, kendallstc.com
Get your beer-battered cod fish-fry fix on Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. ($30) served with fries, Lex coleslaw and artichoke tartar sauce and malt vinegar. There's also beer-battered Great Lake perch available with the same accoutrements ($38) or tempura-battered smelt fries ($18). Available every Friday during Lent.
1096 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-289-4990, thelexmn.com
The beer-battered cod dinner can be ordered all day Fridays as a three-piece ($13.99), four-piece ($15.99) or all-you-can eat ($18.99). All come with a choice of soup or salad, potato, vegetable and a homemade popover.
1786 Minnehaha Av. E., St. Paul, 651-735-4944, thelittleoven.com
Lucky's 13 Pub
The fish fry comes in sandwich form here. Get two pieces of hand-breaded, fried Icelandic cod topped with American cheese, tartar sauce and shredded lettuce served in a bun with French fries ($14.99).
Several Twin Cities locations, including Bloomington, Burnsville, Mendota, Plymouth and Roseville; luckys13pub.com
Mac's Fish Chips Strips
A quick-service source for fried fish, fried potatoes and slaw since 1991. It's all about choice (cod, walleye, halibut, shrimp, clams) in baskets and tacos, at affordable prices (two-piece dinners start at $12.95). Don't leave without some freshly made saltwater taffy.
1330 W. Larpenteur Av., St. Paul; 610 W. 54th St., Mpls.; macsfishchipsstrips.com
Manitou Bar & Kitchen
A sister restaurant to Gabe's in St. Paul, Manitou is running the same special: For dinner, from 3-10 p.m., it's all-you-can eat cod (fried using batter made with Lift Bridge's Farm Girl) with fries and slaw ($15.95); two pieces with fries and slaw ($13.50) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; a three-piece takeout meal ($15.95) from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
2171 4th St., White Bear Lake, 651-426-2300, manitougrill.com
Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar
The Friday special, available all day long, features three pieces of Alaskan cod, hand-dipped in Grain Belt Premium beer batter and fried. It's served with housemade coleslaw and tartar sauce as well as Parmesan-parsley French fries ($18).
1565 Cliff Road, Eagan, 651-340-7809, masonjar.kitchen
Me & Julio
Get fishy on Fridays at this Tex-Mex spot with three pieces of beer-battered cod, fries and coleslaw ($17.99).
350 33rd St. W., Hastings, 651-438-2520, meandjuliomn.com
Fans of traditional British fish and chips, rejoice. Here pubhouse-battered pollock is served on a bed of chips, salted, malted and wrapped in newspaper and served with a side of pub sauce. Those who don't want to try new things can get it "Yankee style," without the malt vinegar and paper. Available as a single order or family size (from $9.50 for the small, $14.50 for large or $35 family size) in both dine-in and takeout.
3601 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-216-2419, merlinsrest.com
This downtown St. Paul restaurant has fried fish in both dinner and sandwich form. Beer-battered cod, Brussels sprout slaw and tartar sauce are $19 for the meal or put it on a bun for $16. Both include fries, too.
360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-223-7000, momento-stp.com
Go old school at this historic restaurant — open since 1906 — with classic fish and chips. Beer-battered Atlantic cod and fries ($24.95) are served all day long, and not just on Fridays, either.
219 3rd Av. N., Mpls., 612-333-5900, montecarlomn.com
Casper's & Runyon's Nook keeps the Friday fish fry special simple. One walleye fillet is the star of the dinner along with sides for just $12.95.
492 Hamline Av. S., 651-698-4347, crnook.com
Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
The fish-and-chips here use Alaskan pollock loin fried with its own Pravy Pilsener beer batter and served with hand-cut fries ($16).
2716 E. 38th St., Mpls., 612-208-1450, northboundbrewpub.com
Obb's Sports Bar & Grill
All-you-can-eat Friday fish fry kicks off at 4 p.m. ($17.95) inside this neighborhood bar and restaurant that's been operating since Prohibition. Bring cash to avoid the 3% credit card surcharge.
1347 Burns Av., St. Paul, 651-776-7010, obbsbar.com
While known for its burgers, Red Cow knows its way around a fish fry. Beer-battered whitefish is served with fries and coleslaw ($15). Available at all Red Cow locations through Lent.
3624 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-767-4411; 393 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-789-0545; 208 1st Av. N., Mpls., 612-238-0050; 2626 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-767-3547; redcowmn.com
Every Friday this beloved neighborhood bar is serving a fish-and-chips basket with fried cod and French fries ($9.95) or a fried or baked walleye dinner that comes with sides and a soup or salad ($14.95). Both are available all day long throughout Lent.
919 Randolph Av., St. Paul, 651-291-0146, skinnersmn.com
Stop by this family-friendly restaurant and bar on West 7th for the Friday night fish fry special. Baskets come with fries and coleslaw for $12.95.
995 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-9925, crshamrocks.com
Double the fun at two locations. There's fish and chips — beer-battered cod, Cajun fries and slaw — at both locations ($21.95) and specials include blackened mahi mahi at the North Loop location ($32) and swordfish schnitzel ($28.95) in Bloomington.
603 Washington Av. N., Mpls., 612-259-7288; 3801 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, 952-333-7722; smack-shack.com
St. Paul Grill
Step into the stately elegance of this classic restaurant inside the St. Paul Hotel for fish and chips. Beer-battered walleye is served with tartar sauce, coleslaw and hand-cut fries ($26.95).
350 N. Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com
Stockyards Tavern & Chophouse
Head to South St. Paul for this all-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays that includes French fries and coleslaw for $22.95.
456 Concord Exchange S., South St. Paul, 651-538-1441, stockyardstc.com
Tattersall River Falls
It's a proper Wisconsin fish fry out at the River Falls location of Tattersall. Here you'll find fried cod, French fries and Cajun seasoned rémoulade for $19. The brandy Old Fashioneds aren't typically part of the Lenten experience, but they do have those, too.
1777 Paulson Road, River Falls, Wis., 534-248-8300, tattersalldistilling.com
Tiffany Sports Lounge
On Lenten Fridays, this over 50-year-old Highland Village hangout turns to St. Paul-brewed Summit beer to build a batter for Alaskan pollock, adding coleslaw and fresh-cut fries ($17). There's a kid's plate, too, served 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. ($7.95).
2051 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul, 651-690-4747, tiffanysportslounge.com
Tooties on Lowry
It's the 35th year this beloved neighborhood restaurant and bar is serving up two very large pieces of beer-battered pollock alongside French fries, coleslaw and their homemade tartar sauce ($13.95). Available every Friday during Lent, except St. Patrick's Day. (That's corned beef and cabbage time.)
2706 Lowry Av. N., Mpls., 612-529-0200, tootiesonlowry.com
Every Friday, all year long, the taproom at Minnesota's first women-owned microbrewery pays tribute to the beloved Wisconsin institution that is the fish fry. The fish is panko-crusted walleye served with a choice of sides plus a creamy coleslaw, tartar sauce and pumpernickel rye bread ($20). Served starting at 11:30 a.m., or until supplies last.
2325 Endicott St., St. Paul, 651-340-5793, urbangrowlerbrewing.com
Get hand-breaded Icelandic cod, fried crispy and served with coleslaw and scoop fries for $12.99 or a fish sandwich with cod, American cheese, shredded lettuce, tartar sauce and a choice of side for $14.99.
1755 Yankee Doodle Rd., Eagan, 651-756-8748, theyankeetavern.com