Fish Fry Fridays

The Lenten season in Cleveland is special because we have something a lot of cities don’t – a Fish Fry culture. I have friends who have moved away from Cleveland and miss all the amazing fish fries we have. Cleveland was founded by eastern and western Europeans who were Catholic, so fish fries became a thing. Especially at Lent. Restaurants serve fish on Fridays year-round, but bring out the big guns during the Lenten season. However, many churches and associations like the VFW, Elks, and other groups host fish fries as fund raisers. Even though I am not Catholic I love a good fish fry, so I embrace the Lenten season. Here is a list of the fish fries I have visited in the area in the past few years.

East Side

Academy Tavern on Larchmere Boulevard (Cleveland/Shaker Heights)
Cafe Avalaun (gluten-free Fish Fry!) in Warrensville Heights
La Vera Party Center in Willoughby Hills
St. Clare in Lyndhurst
St. Dominic in Shaker Heights
St. Gabriel in Concord
Sts. Helen and Constantine Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland Heights

West Side

Arthur Treacher’s in Garfield Heights (and Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Niles)
El Carnicero in Lakewood
Prosperity Social Club in Tremont
Ridgewood Inn in Parma
Sokolowski’s University Inn in Tremont
St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church in Parma

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