Lent begins on Feb. 14 this year (and ends on March 29). That means that millions of Catholics around the world will be giving up various things, including the flesh of warmblooded animals on Fridays. Instead, they will be eating fish, which is a coldblooded animal.
Some people say that eating fish on Fridays actually has little to do with religion and more to do with the global fishing industry, but the tradition has stuck for many. Others simply like fish and chips and enjoy taking advantage of specials during Lent each year.
Here is a list of fish frys and restaurants that offer fish and chips in the Las Vegas valley. Please note that prices were pulled from websites etc. Special deals may be available or prices may be slightly different.
Christ the King Catholic Community will host a fish fry every Friday during Lent beginning Feb. 16. It will take place between 4 and 8 p.m. every Friday through March 23 in the community center. The menu includes baked (cod) and fried (pollock) fish, coleslaw, French fries, macaroni and cheese, rolls and dessert. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children under 4. Drinks will be available for a nominal charge, coffee is free.
FUN FACT: Lou Groen, who owned a McDonald's franchise in Cincinnati, invented the Filet-O-Fish after struggling to sell hamburgers on Fridays
St. Viator Catholic Community will offer a fish fry every Friday during Lent. It is an annual tradition. The fish fry will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parish center hall. Includes baked or deep fried Alaskan cod, baked potato or French fries, coleslaw, roll and butter and coffee. Cheese pizza, dessert and other drinks sold separately. Cost is $7 adults, $4 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for ages 6 and under. Begins Feb. 16.
FUN FACT: British soldiers identified each other on D Day by crying out "fish" and waiting for the response of "chips."
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips
Hand-cut fresh cod fillets flown in fresh daily. Served with choice of signature dipping sauce. 3 pieces for $11.99 and 2 pieces for $10.99. Or fish and chips combo for $14.99.
Cold-water cod dipped in their famous beer batter. Served with steak fries, tartar sauce and lemon wedges. $9.99.
Lazy Joe's Fish & Chips
Choose between cod, haddock, tilapia or catfish. Served with French fries and coleslaw. 2 fish fillets for $9.99 and 3 fillets for $12.99.
McMullan's Irish Pub
Coast Road Fish & Chips features beer-battered Wild Pacific cod fillets served with fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce. 2 pieces for $13, three pieces for $16. Snack size offering of fish and chips. $10.
Miller's Ale House
English-style fish and chips for $10.99. Samuel Adams beer batter. Fried golden brown. Lunch portion for $6.99.
FUN FACT: The extra crunchy pieces of leftover batter are called "scraps" or "wi'bits."
Crispy whitefish with housemade tartar sauce and handcut French fries. Lunch only. $18.
Nine Fine Fishermen
Beer-battered, fresh Alaskan cod, Irish chips and tartar sauce. Lunch and dinner.
Off the Hook
Two pieces of Pacific white fish with French fries and housemade coleslaw and tartar sauce, $6.99. 2 pieces of wild-caught Alaskan cod with French fries with housemade coleslaw and tartar sauce, $13.99. Other sizes also available.
Ri Ra Irish Pub
Beer-battered Islandic haddock and piping hot hand-cut chips with housemade tartar sauce or zesty Irish remoulade, $20. Add Batchelors mushy peas for $3.
The fish 'n chips includes 2 pieces of deep-fried Alaskan pollock fish with tartar sauce and French Fries for a starting price of $4.59. A larger size (4 pieces of fish) is available for an additional fee.
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