It’s Time to (Fish) Fry in St. Louis: Some Favorite Local Fish Fries

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Do you want to know some of the best fish fries in The Lou?  Look no further than this list of favorites compiled by one of our STLMom contributors!

 

Whether you’re a St. Louis native, a recent transplant, or somewhere in between, it doesn’t take long to get caught up in some of St. Louis’ most cherished cultural nuances. Enjoying the beauty and free attractions in Forest Park, float trips in the summer, trivia nights with friends, overeating toasted ravioli and gooey butter cake, and seeing the 650-foot tall Arch off in the distance are some of the things that make St. Louis special.

Of course, Cardinals baseball holds a special place in most of our hearts, as does earning the title of the second biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the country.  But in between these two events comes a time where we kick off a series of 40 days where every Friday, hundreds of local churches and organizations host weekly fish fries.

Why?

Mardi Gras crown

Simply put, it’s the Lenten season observed by Christians around the world, which begins on Ash Wednesday (or the day after Fat Tuesday) and ends on Easter Sunday. Some Christians will opt to fast in some way or another during this period of time. For Catholics, especially, the most common form of fasting is a rule I grew up with: “no meat on Friday.”

No meat = a fish frenzy for all to enjoy! And what better method of cooking fish than to fry it all!

While the majority of locations that host fish fries are Catholic churches, a lot of other Christian churches and non-denominational organizations get in on the fish fry fun to bring the community together. Your religious beliefs and affiliations don’t matter – your love of fish (fried, baked, cod, tilapia, tacos, and more!), food, friends, and family are all you need for the next several Fridays.

And because St. Louis does not like to be outdone, we take our fish frying to another level with literally hundreds of fish fry options.

To help you pick your Friday dinner destinations for the next few weeks, I recently polled our St. Louis Mom’s Contributor Team. They were happy to share their personal favorites, so as you pack up your crew after a busy week and head out for some fish fry fun for dinner on Fridays over the next several weeks, be sure to check out their top-ranked fish fries:

fish fry with a lime and tartar sauce

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL

Friday, February 16 and every Friday through March 29 from 3:30 – 7 pm

Immaculate Conception – Columbia, IL

411 Palmer Road, Columbia, IL 62236

Friday, February 14 and March 1, 15, 29 from 3 – 7 pm

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church

1765 Charbonier Road, Florissant, MO 63031

Runs every Friday, both during Lent and outside of Lent. 3 – 7 pm

St. Henry Catholic Church

5315 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 4 – 7:30 pm

St. Teresa

1201 Lebanon Avenue, #4095, Belleville, IL 62221

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7:30 pm

Epiphany of Our Lord

6596 Smiley Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139

Dine-in and carryout options available. Friday, 2/16 from 4:30 – 7 pm, repeating every Friday until 3/22.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church

1910 Serbian Drive, St Louis, MO 63104

Every Friday of Lent beginning February 16 from 5 – 7:30 pm 

St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Catholic Church

1118 N Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63106

February 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 11 am – 5 pm

St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church

5418 Louisiana Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4:30 – 8 pm

St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish

6303 Nottingham Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109

Not updated for 2024

St. Joan of Arc 

6303 Nottingham Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

St. Mary Magdalen

3310 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

St. Pius V

3310 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118

St. Stephen Protomartyr

3949 Wilmington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116

February 14, 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

Christ the King Church

7316 Balson Avenue, University City, MO 63130

Ash Wednesday Fish Fry 2/14 from 4 – 7 pm in the church basement. Other dates include 2/23 and 3/22.

Holy Redeemer

341 E. Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119

March 1 from 4 – 7 pm

Mary Queen of Peace

676 W. Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119

February 16 + March 22

St. Gerard Majella Parish

1969 Dougherty Ferry Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Dine-in, Drive Thru, Carry Out, and Delivery (for parishioners unable to make it on their own due to illness or physical limitations)

St. Peter Catholic Church (Kirkwood)

243 West Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, MO 63122

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm

St. Simon the Apostle

11011 Mueller Rd, St. Louis, MO, United States, Missouri

February 14 + March 8 from 4 – 7 pm

 

Assumption Parish (Maltese)

4725 Mattis Road, St. Louis, MO 63128

February. 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

 

 

Our Lady of Providence

8866 Pardee Road, St. Louis, MO 63123

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

Our Lady of Sorrows

 5020 Rhodes Avenue. St. Louis, MO 63109

Ash Wednesday, February 14, February 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

St. Catherine Laboure

9740 Sappington Rd., Sappington, MO 63128

February 16, 23, + March 22 from 4:30- 7 pm

 

 

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

1420 Sappington Road, St. Louis, MO 63126

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  from 4 – 8 pm

 

 

St. Francis of Assisi

4556 Telegraph Road, Oakville, MO

February 14, 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

St Justin Martyr 

11910 Eddie + Park Road, St. Louis, MO 63126

March 1, 8 

 

 

Seven Holy Founders

6737 S Rock Hill Road, Affton, MO 63123

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

 

Blessed Teresa School of Sacred Heart Parish

150 N. Elizabeth Avenue, Ferguson, MO 63135

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4:30 – 7 pm

Dine-in, Carryout, and Drive Thru options available

 

Holy Name of Jesus Church

10235 Ashbrook Drive, Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 

March 8, 15, 22, 29 from 4 – 6 pm

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe

17 Hawkesbury Drive, St. Louis, MO 63121

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 8 pm

 

St. Ferdinand

1765 Charbonier Road, Florissant, MO 63031

February 9, 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 3 – 7 pm

 

Ballwin VFW Post 6274

115 Mimosa Lane, Ballwin, Missouri 63011

First fish fry will be January 26 from 4:30 – 7 pm. Happy hour in the bar. Cash only.

Christ Prince of Peace

415 Weidman Road, Manchester, MO 

February 16, 23 + March 1,8,15,22 from 4:45 – 7:30 pm

Holy Infant Catholic Church

627 Dennison Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021

February 16. 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Incarnate Word

13416 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017

February 9, 16. 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

Most Sacred Heart Parish

350 E. 4th Street, Eureka, MO 63025

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

Our Lady of Pillar

350 E. 4th Street, Eureka, MO 63025

February 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Sacred Heart Valley Park

17 Ann Avenue, Valley Park, MO 63088

February 14, 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 4 – 7 pm

St. Alban Roe

2001 Shepard Road, Wildwood, MO 63038

February  16, 23 + March 1, 8  from 4:30 – 7 pm

St. Clare of Assisi 

2001 Shepard Road, Wildwood, MO 63038

February  16, 23 + March 1, 8   

St. Joseph Manchester

567 St. Joseph’s Lane, Manchester, MO 63021

February  16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4:30 – 7:15  

 

All Saints – St. Peters

7 McMenamy Road, St. Peters, MO 63376

February 16, 23 + March 1,8,15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

Immaculate Conception of Dardenne

7701 Town Square Avenue, Dardenne Prairie, MO

February 16, 23 + March 1,8,15, 22 

 

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary

8 West Highway D, New Melle, MO 63365

February 16, 23 + March 1,8,15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

St. Charles Borromeo – St. Charles

601 North 4th Street, St. Charles, MO 

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

St. Cletus – St. Charles

2705 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles, MO 

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

Sts. Joachim and Ann

4112 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO 63304

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

St. Joseph’s – Wentzville

1390 Josephville Road, Wentzville, MO 63385

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

 

 

St. Patrick’s – Wentzville

405 S. Church Street, Wentzville, MO 63385

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22  from 4 – 7 pm

 

 

St. Peter Church – St. Charles

221 1st Capitol Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301

February 16, 23, + March 1, 8, 15, 22  from 4 – 7 pm

 

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, so we want to know which St. Louis area fish fry is your favorite?

 

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Kelly Glogovac
A St. Louis area transplant since 2006, Kelly now calls St. Charles home. Having spent her childhood moving around the Midwest and an adolescence in Orange County, California, she cringes anytime someone asks her what high school she went to because, well, it’s a long story how she got here from there (not really, but as an introvert, this type of life journey dialogue usually requires a two day recharge in solitude, and who has time for that? Because…mom life). When not working full time or hanging out with her husband and two kids, Kelly is jumping on the latest fitness bandwagon, eating ice cream, or going down the rabbit hole of reality TV news and following social media influencers.

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