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The Suburbanite
  • Frank Weaver, Jr.: All you can eat and other Lenten fish fries

  • Good news, folks. Perhaps great news. Two weeks ago, I covered Kaufman's Fish Fry closing. If it opens for Lent, I wrote, you’ll read about it first, right here in the “Outtakes” column.

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  • Note: Good news, folks. Perhaps great news. Two weeks ago, I covered Kaufman's Fish Fry closing. If it opens for Lent, I wrote, you’ll read about it first, right here in the “Outtakes” column.
    Since then, I received an email from Ted Lawver, the athletic director at Lake Center Christian School (LCCS), informing me of their intent to serve fish fry dinners for Lent.
    They will be hosting four fish fry dinners through this year’s Lenten season. The Friday dates are February 15, March 1, 15 and 22 from 4 to 7 pm. Currently sponsored by the LCCS Blue and Gold Athletic Booster Club, the proceeds will benefit their school’s athletic teams and programs.
    If you’ve never eaten their fish, don’t miss another chance to give it a try. Once you have, you’ll fully understand why I rave about how delicious it is.
    THIS WEDNESDAY IS the day many Christians mark with the annual application of ashes to their foreheads. It’s also the day Lent begins. Two days later, on Friday, Feb. 15, and for six Fridays thereafter, area clubs, charitable organizations, church halls and more serve fried and baked fish dinners as well as other meatless dishes. Some, including restaurants, are All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE).
     In the past I’ve chosen my top five spots. This year, I’m listing in alphabetical order the rest of the different spots where my wife and I have enjoyed Lenten fish fries over the past years.
    AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians), 2000 Brown St. (across from the Firestone Post Office), 330-724-2080. This popular Irish-American club serves baked and fried cod from 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday in Lent with your choice of one or two pieces. Side dishes include French fries, cole slaw, cottage cheese, baked potato and macaroni and cheese.
    Bialy’s at the Lakes, 493 Portage Lakes Drive (next to the clock tower in Coventry), 330-644-7177. Bialy’s serves AYCE white fish with a choice of baked potato or French fries and soup or salad. Meals from the menu are also available. Their AYCE fish is served until 9 p.m.
    Knights of Columbus, 2055 Glenwood Ave. (just south of Waterloo Road in Coventry), 330-773-3410. This long-established Catholic social club features baked cod or fried white fish. They also serve shrimp, a seafood platter, chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese. Available side dishes include French fries, baked potato, apple sauce, cole slaw and hot rice. They serve from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
    Menches Brothers, 3700 Massillon Road (Green), 330-896-2288. The popular Green restaurant starts their fish fry servings on Ash Wednesday and continues each Friday. Their AYCE fish is beer battered and served with French fries and cole slaw. Other seafood dishes from the menu include fried cod, baked scrod, fried shrimp and wild Alaskan salmon. Among their many salads is Tomato Delight, a fresh tomato stuffed with tuna salad. They also feature clam chowder and homemade macaroni and cheese.
    Page 2 of 2 - Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Church, 1800 Steese Road (Green), 330-896-2345. In the church’s Parish Life Center building, fish will be served each Lenten Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. There will be no Fish Fry on March 29, Good Friday. QOH features baked and fried cod, fried shrimp, cod/shrimp combo dinners, macaroni and cheese, pizza, pierogies and children’s dinners at a reduced cost. Dinners include drinks and two sides. Desserts and carry-out are available.
    Rose Villa, 368 Portage Lakes Drive (just east of the Coventry clock tower), 330-644-5522. Dominic’s Rose Villa features AYCE fish with a side of potatoes and either salad or soup. They also serve frog legs, scallops and shrimp from the menu. Rose Villa serves from 11 a.m. until 10 pm.  
    Tadmor Shrine, 3000 Krebs Drive (Coventry), 330-644-8494. This crowd favorite features AYCE fish dinners with French fries, rolls and your choice of apple sauce or cole slaw. They serve from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Chicken and shrimp are also available.
    VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Firestone Post 3383, 690 W. Waterloo Road (Akron), 330-745-0127. Long a favorite place for Wednesday spaghetti dinners, this Waterloo Road VFW serves fish from 4 to 6:45 p.m. every Lenten Friday. They feature one- or two-piece fish dinners or shrimp with sides of French fries, baked potato, cole slaw, apple sauce and hot rice.
    One last tip: Whenever I’m out and about and the lunch hour’s approaching, I head to McDonald’s and order a double fish sandwich with cheese and a senior cup of the best Arabica coffee available anywhere. Just ask for two pieces of fish with cheese on a single bun. Last year during Lent, they ran this as a special. They may very well run it again.  
    Comments may be emailed to: Frankweaverjr@aol.com