FLINT, MI — Looking for a Friday fish fry for weekly dining during
this Lenten season?
The Flint Journal has you covered.
Below, we have a guide to area fish fries around Genesee
County. Leave comments for whatever we have missed, and we’ll add them as we receive them.
Lent is a six-week period that Christians, often Catholics, use to
celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It begins on Ash
Wednesday in March, and ends on Easter Sunday.
On Fridays during Lent, adherents abstain from meat as penance to
honor Jesus’s death, explained Paul Schlegelmilch, director of religious
education and pastoral associate for Holy Redeemer in Burton.
“We abstain out of love for Jesus,” he said. “It isn’t like a
rule; it’s a form of showing an outwardly sign of our love for God. It’s a form
of penance for the things we’ve done. The Fridays are preparing us for Easter.”
Schlegelmilch said the church recommends that Christians abstain
from meat on all Fridays, but to give special care during Lent. Richard Groshek,
a senior priest in Flint, said the decision to focus the meat fast during Lent
was made about 50 years ago, with the Second Vatican Council.
“It tended to be a bit of a hardship, because people didn’t live
by any fresh fish,” Groshek said of times before the Vatican made the change. “…In
most countries, meat was a staple in the diet, so it was a sacrifice to do
without meat. But today, people have access to all types of food.”
Churches host fish fries as an opportunity for members and others to gather for meat-free meals, and to raise money for the church. Restaurants
also offer their own specials.
Groshek added that there is symbolism for the fish as Jesus: the Greek
word for fish, ichthys, is a
Greek acronym that translates to “Jesus Christ of God Son Savior,” according to
ichthys.com. A symbol of the fish is used to represent Jesus.
Read below for information on Lenten fish fries in Genesee County.
Unless otherwise noted, the dinners are from this Friday, Mar. 7 through
Friday, Apr. 18.
Whitey’s Restaurant and Take Out
Whitey’s Restaurant and Take Out restaurant serves fried, broiled, blacked, steamed, blackened and steamed, and coconut cod. The restaurant also serves walleye, perch, bluegill, salmon, orange roughy, whitefish and smelt. Sides include hashbrowns, french fries, steamed vegetables, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and the salad bar. The restaurant is located at 109 N. State Road, Davison.
Flushing Moose Lodge will host Friday fish fries from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meals include all you can eat cod or a half pound of perch, a baked
potato or French fries, coleslaw and a salad bar. Dinner is $10. Flushing Moose
Lodge is located at 7044 N. Elms Road in Flushing.
Golf & Banquet Center
IMA Brookwood Golf Club is hosting all you can eat fish fry dinners on every Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from
Friday, March 7 through Friday, April 18. The menu includes fried and baked fish,
french fries, coleslaw, garden tossed salad, rolls and butter, coffee, hot tea
and brownies, and a cash bar for adults. The price is $9.95 for adults and
$4.95 for children under 12, and children under age 5 eat free. IMA is
located at 6045 Davison Road in Burton, at the corner of Davison and Belsay
Columbus Hall in Davison
Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fries
or baked potato, fish or shrimp.
Lunch: $7 fish, $8 shrimp, $4 kids under 10.
Dinner: $8 fish, 9 shrimp
Flint Elks Lodge 222 is hosting fish fries from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
with Icelandic cod, varying starches and veggies from week to week, and a cup
of salad for $11.95. The dinner is all you can eat. The lodge is located at 7177
E. Maple Ave., Grand Blanc.
St. John Evangelist Parish
St. John the
Evangelist Parish, 600 N. Adelaide, Fenton, will have fish fries in the
activity center every Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner includes fried,
baked, or grilled cod, a baked potato or french fries, coleslaw, a dinner roll,
a brownie or cupcake, and a choice of beverage from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every
Friday for $9. The same meal with shrimp instead of fish is $10. A children’s
menu includes pizza, grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese with french fries or
a baked potato $4.50.