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Where to Find Lenten Fish Fry Deals

Going meatless on Fridays? Check out these fish fry deals.

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It’s an annual rite of passage — each Friday, during the season of Lent, many Christians abstain from eating meat in preparation for Easter. That usually means eating fish for lunch and dinner on Fridays.

If you come from a traditional Catholic upbringing, chances are good that you’ve been to a church fish fry, usually held in a parish hall, rectory, or church basement. Unfortunately, D.C. does not have many church-sponsored fish frys.

Find a rotating fish and chips deal on Fridays at Bar Deco in Chinatown, or for a more dressed-down meal, head to Fish in the Hood on H Street for a range of deep sea dishes — like catfish, trout, perch, whiting, salmon, and rockfish — for under $10.

But for those eating out, there are plenty of fried fish options, whether it’s a traditional fish and chips basket, a jumbo-lump crabcake, or a battered fish fillet. These are just a few of the Lent-friendly deals happening now until Easter (Sunday, April 16).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. A La Lucia

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315 Madison St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-5123
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How does a fried seafood fritter served in a fennel saffron sauce sound? For Italian-inspired seafood and pastas, better book a table at A La Lucia.

2. Bar Deco

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717 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 774-5867
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This Chinatown bar and restaurant offers a menu special each Friday throughout Lent. There’s a rotating fish and chips deal, plus happy hour specials on beer, wine, and cocktails to wash it all down.

3. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery (Multiple locations)

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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N'awlins native David Guas is doing shrimp burgers at both of his locations (Capitol Hill, Courthouse) during Lent, serving up patties of wild-caught Gulf shrimp topped with pickled jalapeno-spiked tartar sauce and baby arugula.

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4. Crisfield Seafood

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8012 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-1306
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This Silver Spring institution is named for a small Eastern Shore city that is well known by watermen. The restaurant, like the city, is a place unchanged by time. Each visit requires an order of baked shrimp, stuffed with crab.

5. Drift on 7th

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1819 7th St., NW
Washington, D.C.

There’s something poetic about Drift on 7th’s tots and tentacles basket. Maybe it’s because this dish comes served with a pile of fried calamari and haddock-filled tater tots.

6. The Dabney

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122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 450-1015
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Jeremiah Langhorne sources seafood from the Chesapeake Bay region, which means some of the freshest options, including fried catfish, scallops crudo, grilled rainbow trout, and seared black bass. Just be sure to order a dozen White Stone Oysters on the side. These bivalves come from the Virginia tidewater area, and are known for their decidedly clean and crisp taste.

7. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

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520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-3773
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The Dubliner keeps it coming with a hefty helping of fish and chips, served with house-made tartar sauce. Order it alongside a pint of Guinness. Slainte!

8. Fish by Jose Andres

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The latest restaurant from José Andrés, Fish, is inside the MGM National Harbor Casino and features an entire tasting tasting menu — Maryland Fry Bar — devoted to fried food. Dishes are prepared at a five-seat bar and cooked Japanese tempura style. Seafood bites include fried uni, fried oyster, and fried shrimp (picked from their fish tank).

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9. Fish In The Hood

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3601 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 545-6974

Remember: Fish In The Hood takes cash only. And It’s well worth the wait for fried fish takeout. There are a variety of options here, including catfish, trout, perch, whiting, salmon, rockfish, and pollock. Need another reason to get hooked? Most dishes won’t run you more than $10.

10. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 462-4265
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Hank’s has numerous locations, including Capitol Hill and Alexandria, but there’s something about the original location that keeps diners coming back for more. Classic seafood dishes include fried calamari, popcorn shrimp, and the fried clam dinner.

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11. Horace & Dickie's Seafood Carryout

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809 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 397-6040
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Horace & Dickie's doesn’t fool around. It’s a no-fuss, cash-only, H Street takeout option that's famously served fried whiting and other seafood dishes for decades. Just make sure to top off your to-go order with a generous helping of hot sauce.

12. Jerry's Seafood

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15211 Major Lansdale Blvd
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 805-2284
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Why go all the way to the Chesapeake Bay when you can get bombed on fried crab at Jerry’s Seafood in Bowie, Md.? The renowned crab bomb is a mound of lump crab meat that will easily satisfy a seafood craving.

13. Mastro's Steakhouse

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600 13th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-1500
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Mastro’s is for the button-up crowd that wants dramatic mood lighting, and a feeling of power that can only come from a steakhouse. For those going meatless, there are plenty of fried fish options too, including Scottish salmon fillets and seared sea scallops.

14. Po Boy Jim

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709 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 621-7071
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For New Orleans-style fare, head to Po Boy Jim which serves the city’s best po boy sandwich. Popular options include the oyster, shrimp, or catfish varieties.

15. The Wine House

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3950 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-2211
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The Wine House in Fairfax, Va., is serving a three-course, prix-fixe menu with a seafood appetizer, plus a seafood entree every Friday until Easter.

1. A La Lucia

315 Madison St, Alexandria, VA 22314

How does a fried seafood fritter served in a fennel saffron sauce sound? For Italian-inspired seafood and pastas, better book a table at A La Lucia.

315 Madison St
Alexandria, VA 22314

2. Bar Deco

717 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This Chinatown bar and restaurant offers a menu special each Friday throughout Lent. There’s a rotating fish and chips deal, plus happy hour specials on beer, wine, and cocktails to wash it all down.

717 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery (Multiple locations)

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
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N'awlins native David Guas is doing shrimp burgers at both of his locations (Capitol Hill, Courthouse) during Lent, serving up patties of wild-caught Gulf shrimp topped with pickled jalapeno-spiked tartar sauce and baby arugula.

1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

4. Crisfield Seafood

8012 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This Silver Spring institution is named for a small Eastern Shore city that is well known by watermen. The restaurant, like the city, is a place unchanged by time. Each visit requires an order of baked shrimp, stuffed with crab.

8012 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

5. Drift on 7th

1819 7th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

There’s something poetic about Drift on 7th’s tots and tentacles basket. Maybe it’s because this dish comes served with a pile of fried calamari and haddock-filled tater tots.

1819 7th St., NW
Washington, D.C.

6. The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Jeremiah Langhorne sources seafood from the Chesapeake Bay region, which means some of the freshest options, including fried catfish, scallops crudo, grilled rainbow trout, and seared black bass. Just be sure to order a dozen White Stone Oysters on the side. These bivalves come from the Virginia tidewater area, and are known for their decidedly clean and crisp taste.

122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

520 N Capitol St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Dubliner keeps it coming with a hefty helping of fish and chips, served with house-made tartar sauce. Order it alongside a pint of Guinness. Slainte!

520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Fish by Jose Andres

Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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The latest restaurant from José Andrés, Fish, is inside the MGM National Harbor Casino and features an entire tasting tasting menu — Maryland Fry Bar — devoted to fried food. Dishes are prepared at a five-seat bar and cooked Japanese tempura style. Seafood bites include fried uni, fried oyster, and fried shrimp (picked from their fish tank).

9. Fish In The Hood

3601 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Remember: Fish In The Hood takes cash only. And It’s well worth the wait for fried fish takeout. There are a variety of options here, including catfish, trout, perch, whiting, salmon, rockfish, and pollock. Need another reason to get hooked? Most dishes won’t run you more than $10.

3601 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

10. Hank's Oyster Bar

1624 Q St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Official

Hank’s has numerous locations, including Capitol Hill and Alexandria, but there’s something about the original location that keeps diners coming back for more. Classic seafood dishes include fried calamari, popcorn shrimp, and the fried clam dinner.

1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. Horace & Dickie's Seafood Carryout

809 12th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Horace & Dickie's doesn’t fool around. It’s a no-fuss, cash-only, H Street takeout option that's famously served fried whiting and other seafood dishes for decades. Just make sure to top off your to-go order with a generous helping of hot sauce.

809 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

12. Jerry's Seafood

15211 Major Lansdale Blvd, Bowie, MD 20716

Why go all the way to the Chesapeake Bay when you can get bombed on fried crab at Jerry’s Seafood in Bowie, Md.? The renowned crab bomb is a mound of lump crab meat that will easily satisfy a seafood craving.

15211 Major Lansdale Blvd
Bowie, MD 20716

13. Mastro's Steakhouse

600 13th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Mastro’s is for the button-up crowd that wants dramatic mood lighting, and a feeling of power that can only come from a steakhouse. For those going meatless, there are plenty of fried fish options too, including Scottish salmon fillets and seared sea scallops.

600 13th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

14. Po Boy Jim

709 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

For New Orleans-style fare, head to Po Boy Jim which serves the city’s best po boy sandwich. Popular options include the oyster, shrimp, or catfish varieties.

709 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

15. The Wine House

3950 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

The Wine House in Fairfax, Va., is serving a three-course, prix-fixe menu with a seafood appetizer, plus a seafood entree every Friday until Easter.

3950 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030

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