For years I’ve been writing about my favorite Lenten Fish Fry spots, both commercial and church/social clubs. I can honestly say there are none better in the northeastern Ohio area. I’ve tried them and recommend you try them too.
This year I’m doing this differently. Instead of recommending a particular spot, I’m listing them alphabetically and you make your choice. Addresses and phone numbers are included. If you have a menu question, feel free to call. This week covers the commercial restaurants. Next week it’ll be churches and social clubs.
D’Angelo’s, 330-644-4747 - 3288 S. Main Street, Coventry. Joe Oddo’s Friday fish special, battered Cod, is served all day. Along with it comes a choice of salad or Coleslaw, jojos, hot rice and garlic bread. Joe serves soft drinks as well as beer, wine, ice tea and lemonade.
Dietz's Restaurant, 330-644-2628 - 401 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd., New Franklin - This historic restaurant on the water in the heart of the Portage Lakes has a full menu that features breaded baked whitefish, Lake Erie perch baskets, shrimp and mussels as well as a trio seafood pasta.
Figaro Farms, 330-896-2220 - 180 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd., Green (7 PM closing). Owner Andy Figley offers full course fish dinners and desserts served on the premises from 4 to 7 p.m. Among the many Friday menu items are perch, scampi, salmon and Clam chowder. All meals include two sides.
Howie's On The Lake, 330-644-8343 - 4856 Coleman Dr., New Franklin. Howie’s Friday Lenten fish fry features all-you-can-eat battered fried cod. Four long, wide and thick pieces are served with sides of French fries and coleslaw. Howie’s Friday fish is served all year round.
IDO Café, 330-773-1724 - 1537 S. Main St., Akron. IDO’s famous Fish is served with French fries, hot rice & coleslaw. Other choices include shrimp, scampies, and potato crusted Atlantic salmon, either pan-fried or broiled, with a sweet teriyaki glaze and choice of side dishes.
Kevin O’Bryan’s Irish Pub, 330-388-4069 - 1761 S. Main Street, Akron. Owners Steve and Nancy Baker offer AYCE fish ‘n’ chip dinners with pub fries and slaw. Other seafood served at regular prices include fried shrimp, fish sandwiches, blackened salmon, shrimp and fish tacos.
Menches Brothers, 330-896-2288 - 3700 Massillon Rd., Green. Located within The Shops of Green, it features AYCE beer battered fried Pollock with French fries and coleslaw. Fried cod, baked scrod and desserts are also available. A child’s two piece fish carryout is offered at a reduced cost.
Rose Villa, 330-644-5522 - 368 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry. This long time favorite restaurant features AYCE fish each Wednesday and Friday. At various times, it also features halibut and Lake Erie perch. A kid’s menu is also offered. Carryout is available from the menu only.
Thano’s, 330-861-1300 - 71 Fifth Street SE in Barberton. Thano’s serves all-you-can-eat breaded cod with two sides. Other seafood such as walleye, crab cakes and Lake Erie perch is offered. Fountain soft drinks, coffee, tea or beer and wine are available. This family restaurant also serves desserts.
Tim’s Tavern, 330-455-6306 - 3323 Parkway St. NW, Canton. This famous fish restaurant serves big chunks of delicious fried cod, lightly breaded in a secret batter that would be difficult to duplicate. I enjoy their broiled Cod with butter, lemon and topped with blackened onions.
Wil’s Grille & Pub, 330-753-5742 - 1644 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd., Coventry. Wil’s features tender, cod nuggets. Lightly battered, deep fried in peanut oil, this fish almost melts in your mouth. Deep fried flounder, Lake Erie perch and home made, New England Clam Chowder are also available.
Remember, there are plenty more good fish fry spots out there to try. But room in this column limits me to select only so many.
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