Tomorrow marks Ash Wednesday, which means this Friday, if you’re Catholic — no meat for you! It can be rough leaving the meat off your plate, but there are plenty of places around Atlanta to find a seafood dish so delicious that you won’t even miss that steak (OK, maybe you still will a little bit). Also be sure to check out 12 Catholic churches hosting Friday fish fries during Lent.
Fried Rhode Island calamari at Lure
The slightly addictive appetizer at this Midtown restaurant is on the lunch and dinner menu and served with a squeeze of lemon, fennel and a creamy aioli. The eatery also offers up other seafood dishes including oysters on the half shell, whole Bramlett Farms trout and cracked what and farro salad with shrimp.
1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-817-3650, lure-atlanta.com/
Battered catfish at Chicken + Beer
Traveling during Lent? Don’t worry — Ludacris has you covered. The rapper’s new restaurant in Terminal D serves up this lightly battered fish made with Sweetwater’s Hop Hash double IPA. Read more about this tasty meat alternative here.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 6000 North Terminal Parkway, Concourse D5.
Pan-roasted branzino with orzo at Mediterranea
This simple but flavorful dish at new Grant Park spot Mediterranea has an added bonus if you or your dining partner has dietary restrictions — the restaurant is strictly gluten-free, which extends to the orzo that comes with the fish. Read more about the restaurant here.
332 Ormond Street S.E., Atlanta. 404-748-4219, mediterraneaatl.com.
Filet of fish at Wrecking Bar
This big hunk of cornmeal-crusted cod, with shredded iceberg lettuce, smoked jalapeño tartar sauce, thinly sliced radishes and pickled jalapenos served on a grilled brioche bun will put a kick in your Friday. Read more about this fabulous fish dish here.
292 Moreland Ave. N.E., Atlanta, 404-221-2600, wreckingbarbrewpub.com.
Sol mahi tacos at Porch Light Latin Kitchen
There’s plenty of meat to love on Porch Light’s menu, but these fish tacos should fit the bill when you’re hanging pescatarian for the day. Lightly battered mahi served is topped with avocado puree, cabbage slaw and pineapple vinegar, all wrapped up in an El Milagro tortilla. Read more about the restaurant here.
300 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 678-309-9858, porchlightlatinkitchen.com.
Crab-stuffed shrimp at Three Blind Mice
Why not go whole hog (pun intended) when it comes to embracing fish on Fridays? Try this crab-stuffed shrimp served with fried polenta cakes and a roasted red pepper glaze.
1066 Killian Hill Rd SW #101, Lilburn. 770-696-4139, tbmrestaurant.com.
Fish and chips at Steinbeck’s
There’s nothing wrong with going the traditional route when it comes to your fish. This take uses a tempura batter for ultimate crispiness and an old school tartar sauce. Read more about some of the best places in Atlanta to eat fish and chips here.
659 E Lake Dr, Decatur, 404-373-1116, www.steinbecksbar.com
Moules frittes at Bread and Butterfly
Are you going to argue with a bowl of mussels prepared with shallots, parsley and lemon, piled high with golden crispy, wisp-thin french fries? Probably not, especially when they come served in as charming of a setting as this Inman Park spot. Read more about Bread and Butterfly here.
290 Elizabeth St. N.E., Atlanta, 678-515-4536, bread-and-butterfly.com.
Blackened grouper sandwich at The Big Ketch
Simple seared The entire menu here is a fish lovers fantasy, but we’re putting our money on this classic made grilled or fried, with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce on the side. Read more about Big Ketch’s new Roswell location here.
1105 Canton St, Roswell, 770-993-5749 and 3279 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 404-474-9508, thebigketch.com/
Fried cod sandwich at Fado Irish Pub
This battered sandwich is offered as the daily special on Fridays (perfect!) and comes with jalapeno tartar sauce and coleslaw on a hoagie roll. It’s paired with soup of the day and rice for $9.95.
273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 404-841-0066, fadoirishpub.com/atlanta
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