A typical Friday meal during Lent
By: Conner James - MSTv Correspondent
Lent is a season of sacrifice, after the insanity called Mardi Gras ends. But in-keeping with the strong sense of Catholicism in the area, churches and most other establishments are breaking out the deep fryers in preparation for the high fried seafood demand to come.
During Lenten season, most Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays. So, those who don't feel like waiting in line for a seafood platter at their local favorite restaurant, head to churches, halls and schools for a old fashioned lunch plate.
Fish fries are usually held Fridays, during the season and up until Good Friday. And the various places serving those hot and ready plates are looking forward to it.
“It’s quick. It’s fresh. They don’t have to wait very long,” says Robert Loyde from St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Metairie.
As they stay ahead of the curve, St Edward's also offers crawfish pie and even pizza on their Friday menus.
Too tasty looking to resist, right??
Plus, the options are growing from the old standards like fried catfish and trout plates to more elaborate choices like gumbos, fish cakes, po-boys and pastas.
Other venues even offer grilled or baked fish and shrimp to their menus for the more health conscious and to very positive reactions.
It seems that with updates and multi-option menus for a very diverse patronage, the old-fashioned fish fry just isn't that old-fashioned any more.
Where great Louisiana seafood is concerned, the old adage of new changes equals new customers has never been more true.
But, Lent season aside, fish fry dinners have become so popular that the Archdiocese of New Orleans started a Twitter hashtag, #fridayfishfry, last year to help locals find the meals. The move proved so successful that the Archdiocese plans to use the hashtag again starting Thursday, Feb. 14.
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