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Your Pick for St. Louis' Best Fish Fry Is...

Categories: Fish Fry Frenzy

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You can get this year round at our winning parish. | 5chw4r7z

There's only one more fish fry Friday left this year, and we'll be using it to check out the readers' pick. Last week you voted on four very different celebrations; there were strong write-in candidates as well. So, where should we meet you this Friday?

See also: St. Mary Magdalen Has a Drive-Through Fish Fry

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Vote for St. Louis' Best Fish Fry

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Fish for all! | 5chw4r7z

There are still two week left until Lent is over -- that means you only have two more chances to check out all the great fish fries St. Louis has to offer. Everyone has their favorite, so we thought we'd take it to a vote. Last week, readers sent in nominations for the best fish fry in town. Pick your favorite after the jump.

See also: UPDATED Fish Fry Frenzy: A Gut Check Guide

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Nominate Your Favorite Fish Fry in St. Louis

Categories: Fish Fry Frenzy

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The Mexican fish fry at St. Cecilia. | Rease Kirchner

Instead of our usual round of overrated/underrated, we decided to ask our lovely readers to nominate the best fish fry in St. Louis. Thanks to our Catholic heritage, there is no shortage of Lenten fish fries in the city, across the river, in the county and beyond.

See also: UPDATED Fish Fry Frenzy: A Gut Check Guide

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UPDATED Fish Fry Frenzy: A Gut Check Guide

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       The famous Mexican fish fry at St. Cecilia's. | Rease Kirchner

Fun's over. It's Lent now, and our beloved Mardi Gras is gone for another year. But hey, that also means fish fries galore. St. Louis has strong Catholic roots, so there are lots of options for those of you who are opting out of meat for the next few Fridays. Check out our list after the jump -- we'll be updating it throughout Lent, but let us know if we missed your favorite.

See also: Fish Fry Frenzy: Week 4, St. Cecilia Parish Church

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St. Mary Magdalen Has a Drive-Through Fish Fry

Categories: Fish Fry Frenzy

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Your prayers have been answered -- there is a church here in St. Louis that offers its delicious fish-fry eats in drive-through form. St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School's (8750 Magdalen Avenue; 314-961-0149) "God's Cod" drive-through makes it easy to get your Lent on, even if you're in a hurry.

See also: Fish Fry Frenzy: A Gut Check Guide

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Your Fast-Food Lent Options Are Bountiful

Categories: Fish Fry Frenzy

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The granddaddy of them all.
The Lent season gives rise to a great St. Louis tradition, the Fish Fry. But local church parishes aren't the only folks in on the fish. At least since 1962, when McDonald's debuted the Filet-O-Fish, fast-food restaurants have offered Lent-friendly options for patrons.

Gut Check figured we'd run down the list in honor of the holiday.

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Mayor Slay and Other Highfalutin St. Louisans Talk Fish Fry

Categories: Fish Fry Frenzy

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With fish-fry options galore in St. Louis during Lent, it might be a daunting task trying to figure out where to go. Sure, some popular fish-fry locales distinguish themselves with non-traditional menus, but any way you dunk it in hot oil, there's a lot of deep-fried jack salmon and cod to wade through in this town.

This year, in an attempt to glean insight, Gut Check talked to a handful of high-profile St. Louisans to see which fries they favor.

See also:
-Gut Check's Guide to More Than 35 St. Louis Lenten Fish Frys -- Map Included!
-Fish Fry Frenzy 2012: Week 4, St. Cecilia Parish Church
-Fish Fry Frenzy 2012: Week 2, Webster Groves Lion's Club Gluten-Free Fish Fry


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This Weekend at Schlafly Tap Room: Cod, Casks...and Plokkfiskur!

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A pan of the Schlafly Tap Room's plokkfiskur.
Gut Check has been pining for fish fry season, which begins this weekend, since at least last Easter. (Maybe longer -- we're of the disposition to start getting nostalgic for things even before they're over.) But we're going to have to postpone our first expedition to the Catholic school cafeterias and church basements of this fair city. That's because we've been waiting an entire year for the Schlafly Tap Room's (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) annual Cod and Cask Festival (running this year 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday) -- and our one chance this year to devour a plate of plokkfiskur.

What is plokkfiskur, you ask?

Why, it's the food of the gods. The Scandinavian gods, that is. In Valhalla, you can bet that Odin and Freya and Loki and all the rest get to eat this stuff every day.

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Gut Check's Guide to More Than 35 St. Louis Lenten Fish Frys -- Map Included!


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Today is Ash Wednesday, which means one important thing to Gut Check: Lenten fish fry season is upon us! Beginning this Friday, February 15, we have seven weeks to gulp deep-fried, golden-brown breaded fish and swig beer in fish fry destinations around St. Louis.

Submitted for your approval, St. Louis, we've rounded-up a list of more than 35 local parishes, community centers, VFW halls and more hosting fish frys this season, complete with a fancy Google map to make fish-fry hopping easier.

See also:
-Fish Fry Frenzy 2012: Week 4, St. Cecilia Parish Church
-Fish Fry Frenzy 2012: Week 2, Webster Groves Lion's Club Gluten-Free Fish Fry
-Fish Fry Frenzy 2012: Week 1, First Unitarian Church of St. Louis

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Fish Fry Frenzy: Week 4, St. Cecilia Parish Church

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Rease Kirchner
Parroquia Santa Cecilia (906 Eichelberger Street; 314-351-1318), a.k.a. St. Cecilia, is the unofficial church for Mexican-American Catholics in St. Louis. Families come together for its Lenten events and bring to the table an entire new universe of fish-fry fare, with the emphasis on fare, as opposed to fish. St. Cecilia fish fries are perhaps best known for their chiles rellenos, big-ass mildly spicy poblano peppers jammed full of cheese, then dipped in batter and fried till the exterior browns and the cheesy depth-charge inside achieves molten status. Praise the Lord and pass the cervezas; these calorie bombs are addictive to the very last gooey bite.

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