If you woke up today craving steak for dinner, then felt your stomach drop when you realized it’s Friday — you’re probably a Catholic observing Lent. It’s 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.
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.
Ahi tuna banh mi at The Big Ketch
The entire menu here is a fish lovers fantasy, but we’re putting our money on this creative sandwich made with spice rubbed tuna, cilantro and quick pickled carrot and cucumber served with teriyaki dipping sauce. 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 spicy curry and rice for $9.95. And starting in March, the pub will offer a buy one, get one 50 percent off on its fish and chips dish.
273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 404-841-0066, fadoirishpub.com/atlanta
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