Good morning, troops. It's Tuesday, March 13.
We are more than halfway through Lent, the weeks that lead to Easter Sunday, which for most Christians this year is April 1. For some faiths, each Lenten Friday prior to Easter is a day of fasting from beef, chicken or other meats.
If you're like Nick in the Morning and love fish, that isn't a problem. But there's fish and then there's fish.
The best fish fry we have sampled might be the one at Fritz's Pub in Milwaukee. It's available year-round on Fridays, one of only two days the stereotypical Wisconsin corner bar is open each week.
Fritz's fish is a dream come true. Greaseless filets. Pillowy potato wedges. Homemade rye bread, cole slaw and tartar sauce. All served in a family-owned bar that has plenty of atmosphere and plenty of Milwaukee's finest on tap.
If all this sounds appealing, you better make the trip to Milwaukee soon. The owners plan to retire later this year. The final Fritz's Friday fish fry is set for Sept. 28, much to our dismay.
Too frequently on Fridays during Lent, we opt for a much easier choice and grab a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish. Not that it's a bad sandwich — far from it. But McDonald's always offers it.
For a special season, it doesn't hurt to seek some special suppers.
Nick in the Morning asked various co-conspirators for their favorite Lenten fish options in the immediate Peoria area. Preferably, those options would include standard fish-fry extras — cole slaw, french fries and good, thick rye bread.
We received a fair variety of responses, but some places warranted repeat mentions. Those places tended to be temporary, and affiliated with the Catholic faith.
But you don't have to be Catholic to appreciate a good slab of cod. Or haddock. Or perch.
Here, then, in no particular order, are five recommended Lenten fishmongers in and around our town. Not all of them are serving fish every Friday through Easter, so check ahead of time and don't go away hungry.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, Peoria
The fish fry is held in the old St. Bernard gymnasium, now the East Bluff Community Center, at 512 E. Kansas St. "Awesome home cooking," according to a co-conspirator. Catfish, cod and shrimp are available from 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m., but the fish fry is not held each Friday during Lent. Remaining Fridays are the upcoming one (March 16) and Good Friday, March 30.
Timberlake Club of Peoria
This private golf course at 5501 W. Farmington Road in Limestone Township usually offers a monthly fish fry, but this month it's weekly through Good Friday. Buffet style, with catfish and walleye. "I'm not Catholic, so I don't care about the Lent-Friday thing, but it's good fried fish," another of our spies tells us. "Can't go wrong."
Holy Family Catholic Church, Peoria
Last week, the parish at 3720 N. Sterling Ave. played host to the annual Maggie Bertram Foundation for the Fine Arts Irish Fest and Fish Fry. But the church serves fish from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the next two Fridays, although not on Good Friday. "It was quite good — a heaping plate of walleye, crisply breaded, good fish-to-breading ratio — and of course (it) was a veritable Who's Who of Peoria," a co-conspirator stated about the Bertram fest.
Morton Knights of Columbus
The Catholic fraternal organization's branch at 616 W. David St. in Morton offers fish from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. The feast draws raves from a couple of our spies, including this one: "They serve fried and baked fish with an assortment of great side dishes, and there is always more than enough food." More than enough food, you say? They haven't seen Nick in the Morning in a buffet line, evidently.
The fast-food chain with multiple locations in the Peoria area is best known for having the meats — roast beef, ham, chicken, etc. But Arby's also offers a fish-sandwich special for a limited time — two for $5. "It will do in a pinch," we are told. Maybe we'll have to put McDonald's on the back burner for a few weeks.
The song heard on the way to work never seems to be on the back burner (at least not on the radio stations to which we listen), but it was riding high on the charts at this time 40 years ago, as was the motion picture in which it was featured. Time flies. And fish frys.
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