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Fish and chips at the Longfellow Grill.
Longfellow Grill

The Twin Cities’ Best Friday Fish Fries for Lent

Crispy cod, walleye, and snapper filets, with the requisite fries and tartar sauce

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Fish and chips at the Longfellow Grill.
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Whether you’re abstaining from eating meat for Lent or are simply in search of a crispy, satisfying fish and chips basket, many Twin Cities restaurants have fish fry specials on offer through Lent, which runs from February 14 through March 28 this year. (Some restaurants on this list are standbys for fish and chips in any season.) Hot, crispy cod with a side of fries and tartar sauce is the standard, but many restaurants have their own take on the dish, subbing in mahi mahi, local walleye, and whole fried snapper. Here’s where to find a Friday fish fry in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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The Anchor Fish & Chips

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Order online for takeout or dine in Anchor’s cozy interior. The fish and chips basket is made with a filet of wild Alaskan cod and hand-cut fries. Be sure to order some tartar sauce and vinegar on the side.

Two hands holding a fried fish filet with fries and tartar sauce in a paper basket.
Fish and chips from the Anchor in Northeast.
The Anchor Fish & Chips

Smack Shack

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Smack Shack has a number of Lent specials: fish and chips with beer-battered cod and Cajun fries, a Wisconsin-style fish fry with breaded Lake Superior perch, crispy whole snapper with plantains, and paella stuffed trout. All specials are available at both the North Loop and Bloomington locations throughout Lent.

The Monte Carlo

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At the Monte Carlo, the old-school setting matches the fish and chips: classic beer-battered Atlantic cod with a side of fries, tartar sauce, and lemon.

White plate with fried fish filets and French fries and tartar sauce.
Monte Carlo’s fish and chips.
The Monte Carlo

Red Cow North Loop

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Red Cow has brought back its fish fry special featuring beer-battered whitefish, fries, coleslaw, and Red Cow sauce. There’s also a Filet R’ Fish made with beer-battered mahi mahi, American cheese, shredded lettuce, and tartar sauce. Lent specials are available at all Red Cow locations. Order online for takeout or delivery.

A fried fish sandwich sitting on a plate with pickles and fries.
Red Cow’s fried fish sandwich.
Red Cow

Farmers Kitchen + Bar

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During Lent, purchase two Shore Lunch sandwiches (crispy fried walleye, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and tartar sauce on ciabatta) and get a basket of crispy fried jo jo potatoes for free. Reservations are available.

Gluek's Restaurant & Bar

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Gluek’s year-round Friday fish fry includes Gluek Pilsner beer-battered cod, seasoned fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, and dill-caper tartar sauce.  It’s great for large appetites, since you can order an extra cod fillet or two.

A blue plate stacked with fried fish filets, fries, and tartar sauce with coleslaw.
Gluek’s beer-battered cod.
Gluek’s

Brit's Pub

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Try classic British-style fish and chips made from Summit EPA-battered cod and served with housemade tartar sauce. Choose from a one or two-piece meal, and order online for takeout and delivery.

Coastal Seafoods

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Coastal Seafoods not only distributes fish to dozens of local restaurants, they serve it up themselves at their Minneapolis and St. Paul cafes. The fish and chips basket includes two cod fillets coated with Fulton Chill City Chugger beer batter, plus fries, slaw, and tartar sauce. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Two fried fish filets next to fries and cups of tartar sauce and ketchup.
Coastal Seafood’s cod fish fry.
Coastal Seafoods

Nighthawks

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This neighborhood restaurant in Kingfield offers fish and chips made with a whole beer-battered and fried walleye fillet, served with fries, tartar sauce, and lemon wedges. Order online for takeout and delivery.

A white plate with fried fish filets, French fries, and tartar sauce.
Nighthawks’ fish fry.
Nighthawks

Bull's Horn Food and Drink

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Bull’s Horn offers a fish fry as a standing Friday special, featuring beer-battered fried walleye with fries (or substitute a different side, like coleslaw, baked beans, or mac and cheese), plus lemon and tartar sauce.

Two fried fish filets and cries with tartar sauce in a red and white checkered basket.
Bull’s Horn’s Friday special.
Bull’s Horn

Cardinal Restaurant and Bar

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Cardinal Bar has an all-you-can-eat fish fry every Friday until 11 p.m. Meals include beer-battered cod, coleslaw, and fries.

The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar

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Bring your furry friend along to enjoy fish and chips on The Howe’s dog-friendly, year round patio.  Enjoy Northeast-battered cod served with fries, sweet chili coleslaw, and housemade tartar sauce. Order online for takeout and delivery.

A white plate with fried fish filets, French fries, and tartar sauce, and coleslaw.
The Howe’s year-round fish and chips.
The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar

Merlins Rest Pub

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Find traditional fish and chips at this neighborhood British pub. The battered and fried pollock is served over fries with malt vinegar and wrapped in newspaper, with a side of dill and horseradish pub sauce (request it “Yankee style” to skip the vinegar and newspaper). Order online for takeout.

Two fat cod filets on a pile of chips served in a newsprint style wrapper on a tin tray.
Merlins Rest is a classic Irish pub on Lake Street.
Merlin’s Rest

Longfellow Grill

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Longfellow Grill has a couple of fish fry options. There’s the fish and chips made with No. 1 Kölsch beer-battered cod, as well as a panko-crusted walleye filet with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. For a gluten-free option, ask for seared walleye. Order online for takeout.

A white plate with a long walleye filet, mashed potatoes, asparagus, a lemon, and sauce.
Longfellow’s walleye dinner.
Longfellow Grill

Urban Growler Brewing Co.

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If an authentic Wisconsin-style fish fry with fresh beer is what you’re looking for, hit up Urban Growler. This spot does a year-round Friday fish fry with panko-crusted walleye, coleslaw, tartar sauce, and pumpernickel rye bread with butter plus a choice of fries, tots, tortilla chips, or fresh vegetables. Order online for takeout.

Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

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Mac’s has many options for fried fish, including halibut, walleye, cod, and mahi mahi. Online ordering is available for takeout and delivery at both locations.

Gabe's By The Park

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Gabe’s Friday fish fry returns for the season. Reservations are available for all-you-can-eat Lift Bridge Farm Girl beer-battered cod, tartar sauce, fries, and slaw from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. There’s also a lunch special with two pieces of cod, tartar sauce, fries, and slaw from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Order online for takeout.

Fried fish filets and fries on a white plate with white and red checkered paper.
Fish and chips from Gabe’s.
Gabe’s By The Park

Tiffany Sports Lounge

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This Highland Park family-owned spot has a fish fry every Friday during Lent. Enjoy Summit beer-battered Alaskan pollock, fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce. Reservations are recommended for dining in or order online for takeout and delivery.

Fried fish fillets and fries with tartar sauce and coleslaw in a newspaper-lined basket.
A fish and chips basket from Tiffany’s.
Tiffany Sports Lounge

Groveland Tap

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Groveland Tap has a standing Friday fish fry special with beer-battered fish, fries, and tartar sauce. Order online for takeout.

Chip's Clubhouse

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This Mac-Groveland spot has beer-battered walleye served atop house fries with a side of tartar sauce. Order online for takeout and delivery.

The Lexington

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Dine in style at the Lex, which is offering fish fry specials every Friday during Lent. Pick from cod fish and chips served with coleslaw, tartar sauce, and malt vinegar or a basket of tempura-battered smelt fries.

Fried fish filets with fries, tartar sauce and coleslaw.
Fish and chips from the Lexington.
The Lexington

Iron Ranger

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This Grand Avenue spot offers battered Alaskan cod served with tartar sauce and a choice of fries or tots. Order online for takeout and delivery. 

Tavern on Grand

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The Tav’s famous walleye dinner includes one or two filets cooked to your liking (grilled, deep-fried, or blackened) plus traditional or jalapeno tartar sauce, salad or coleslaw, a choice of potato, and mixed vegetables. The menu also includes a basket with bite-sized breaded and deep-fried walleye, tavern fries, coleslaw, and a choice of traditional or jalapeno tartar sauce.

Sweeney's Saloon

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The self-branded “second best bar in St. Paul” serves top-notch fish and chips, made with hand-dipped battered pollack and served with a zesty jalapeno tartar sauce and fries.

A basket with fried fish filets, French fries, and tartar sauce over green and white checkered paper.
Sweeney’s Friday night din.
Sweeney’s Saloon

Burger Dive on Bay Street

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Try chef Nick O’Leary’s culinary take on dive bar cuisine with a Lenten fish fry special featuring cod with sliced fried potatoes. Pair it with a cold beer and try your luck with some pull tabs for the quintessential dive bar experience.  The special is also available at Burger Dive’s Roseville Potluck location. Order online for takeout and delivery.

Fried fish fillets with potato rounds, coleslaw, and tartar sauce in a basket with black and white checkered paper.
Burger Dive’s Lent offerings.
Burger Dive

Shamrocks

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Both Shamrock’s on West Seventh and its sister location The Nook have a Friday fish fry with coleslaw and fries. Order online for takeout.

The St. Paul Grill

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The St. Paul Grill is offering a fish and chips lunch special on Fridays throughout Lent, with two beer-battered walleye fillets, coleslaw, and fries. There’s also a shore lunch special with an East Coast crab cake, three breaded jumbo shrimp, coleslaw, and fries.

Brunson's Pub

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This Payne Avenue favorite has fish and chips on its menu year-round. You’ll get Summit beer-battered fried cod served with lemon and tartar sauce and a side of fries or coleslaw. Order online for takeout, which is offered in compostable packaging.

Fried fish filet and fries in a basket lined with black and white checkered paper.
Fish fry from Brunson’s.
Brunson’s Pub

Obb's Sports Bar & Grill

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Obb’s has an all-you-can-eat Friday fish fry special starting at 4 p.m., served with a choice of side (pick from soup, salad, coleslaw, or cottage cheese) and a choice of au gratin potatoes, baked potato, or fries.

Stockyards Tavern & ChopHouse

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Stockyards is serving a fish fry special every Friday during Lent. Opt for six or ten pieces of fried or baked hand-battered cod, served with fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce.

The Anchor Fish & Chips

Order online for takeout or dine in Anchor’s cozy interior. The fish and chips basket is made with a filet of wild Alaskan cod and hand-cut fries. Be sure to order some tartar sauce and vinegar on the side.

Two hands holding a fried fish filet with fries and tartar sauce in a paper basket.
Fish and chips from the Anchor in Northeast.
The Anchor Fish & Chips

Smack Shack

Smack Shack has a number of Lent specials: fish and chips with beer-battered cod and Cajun fries, a Wisconsin-style fish fry with breaded Lake Superior perch, crispy whole snapper with plantains, and paella stuffed trout. All specials are available at both the North Loop and Bloomington locations throughout Lent.

The Monte Carlo

At the Monte Carlo, the old-school setting matches the fish and chips: classic beer-battered Atlantic cod with a side of fries, tartar sauce, and lemon.

White plate with fried fish filets and French fries and tartar sauce.
Monte Carlo’s fish and chips.
The Monte Carlo

Red Cow North Loop

Red Cow has brought back its fish fry special featuring beer-battered whitefish, fries, coleslaw, and Red Cow sauce. There’s also a Filet R’ Fish made with beer-battered mahi mahi, American cheese, shredded lettuce, and tartar sauce. Lent specials are available at all Red Cow locations. Order online for takeout or delivery.

A fried fish sandwich sitting on a plate with pickles and fries.
Red Cow’s fried fish sandwich.
Red Cow

Farmers Kitchen + Bar

During Lent, purchase two Shore Lunch sandwiches (crispy fried walleye, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and tartar sauce on ciabatta) and get a basket of crispy fried jo jo potatoes for free. Reservations are available.

Gluek's Restaurant & Bar

Gluek’s year-round Friday fish fry includes Gluek Pilsner beer-battered cod, seasoned fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, and dill-caper tartar sauce.  It’s great for large appetites, since you can order an extra cod fillet or two.

A blue plate stacked with fried fish filets, fries, and tartar sauce with coleslaw.
Gluek’s beer-battered cod.
Gluek’s

Brit's Pub

Try classic British-style fish and chips made from Summit EPA-battered cod and served with housemade tartar sauce. Choose from a one or two-piece meal, and order online for takeout and delivery.

Coastal Seafoods

Coastal Seafoods not only distributes fish to dozens of local restaurants, they serve it up themselves at their Minneapolis and St. Paul cafes. The fish and chips basket includes two cod fillets coated with Fulton Chill City Chugger beer batter, plus fries, slaw, and tartar sauce. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Two fried fish filets next to fries and cups of tartar sauce and ketchup.
Coastal Seafood’s cod fish fry.
Coastal Seafoods

Nighthawks

This neighborhood restaurant in Kingfield offers fish and chips made with a whole beer-battered and fried walleye fillet, served with fries, tartar sauce, and lemon wedges. Order online for takeout and delivery.

A white plate with fried fish filets, French fries, and tartar sauce.
Nighthawks’ fish fry.
Nighthawks

Bull's Horn Food and Drink

Bull’s Horn offers a fish fry as a standing Friday special, featuring beer-battered fried walleye with fries (or substitute a different side, like coleslaw, baked beans, or mac and cheese), plus lemon and tartar sauce.

Two fried fish filets and cries with tartar sauce in a red and white checkered basket.
Bull’s Horn’s Friday special.
Bull’s Horn

Cardinal Restaurant and Bar

Cardinal Bar has an all-you-can-eat fish fry every Friday until 11 p.m. Meals include beer-battered cod, coleslaw, and fries.

The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar

Bring your furry friend along to enjoy fish and chips on The Howe’s dog-friendly, year round patio.  Enjoy Northeast-battered cod served with fries, sweet chili coleslaw, and housemade tartar sauce. Order online for takeout and delivery.

A white plate with fried fish filets, French fries, and tartar sauce, and coleslaw.
The Howe’s year-round fish and chips.
The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar

Merlins Rest Pub

Find traditional fish and chips at this neighborhood British pub. The battered and fried pollock is served over fries with malt vinegar and wrapped in newspaper, with a side of dill and horseradish pub sauce (request it “Yankee style” to skip the vinegar and newspaper). Order online for takeout.

Two fat cod filets on a pile of chips served in a newsprint style wrapper on a tin tray.
Merlins Rest is a classic Irish pub on Lake Street.
Merlin’s Rest

Longfellow Grill

Longfellow Grill has a couple of fish fry options. There’s the fish and chips made with No. 1 Kölsch beer-battered cod, as well as a panko-crusted walleye filet with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. For a gluten-free option, ask for seared walleye. Order online for takeout.

A white plate with a long walleye filet, mashed potatoes, asparagus, a lemon, and sauce.
Longfellow’s walleye dinner.
Longfellow Grill

Urban Growler Brewing Co.

If an authentic Wisconsin-style fish fry with fresh beer is what you’re looking for, hit up Urban Growler. This spot does a year-round Friday fish fry with panko-crusted walleye, coleslaw, tartar sauce, and pumpernickel rye bread with butter plus a choice of fries, tots, tortilla chips, or fresh vegetables. Order online for takeout.

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Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

Mac’s has many options for fried fish, including halibut, walleye, cod, and mahi mahi. Online ordering is available for takeout and delivery at both locations.

Gabe's By The Park

Gabe’s Friday fish fry returns for the season. Reservations are available for all-you-can-eat Lift Bridge Farm Girl beer-battered cod, tartar sauce, fries, and slaw from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. There’s also a lunch special with two pieces of cod, tartar sauce, fries, and slaw from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Order online for takeout.

Fried fish filets and fries on a white plate with white and red checkered paper.
Fish and chips from Gabe’s.
Gabe’s By The Park

Tiffany Sports Lounge

This Highland Park family-owned spot has a fish fry every Friday during Lent. Enjoy Summit beer-battered Alaskan pollock, fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce. Reservations are recommended for dining in or order online for takeout and delivery.

Fried fish fillets and fries with tartar sauce and coleslaw in a newspaper-lined basket.
A fish and chips basket from Tiffany’s.
Tiffany Sports Lounge

Groveland Tap

Groveland Tap has a standing Friday fish fry special with beer-battered fish, fries, and tartar sauce. Order online for takeout.

Chip's Clubhouse

This Mac-Groveland spot has beer-battered walleye served atop house fries with a side of tartar sauce. Order online for takeout and delivery.

The Lexington

Dine in style at the Lex, which is offering fish fry specials every Friday during Lent. Pick from cod fish and chips served with coleslaw, tartar sauce, and malt vinegar or a basket of tempura-battered smelt fries.

Fried fish filets with fries, tartar sauce and coleslaw.
Fish and chips from the Lexington.
The Lexington

Iron Ranger

This Grand Avenue spot offers battered Alaskan cod served with tartar sauce and a choice of fries or tots. Order online for takeout and delivery. 

Tavern on Grand

The Tav’s famous walleye dinner includes one or two filets cooked to your liking (grilled, deep-fried, or blackened) plus traditional or jalapeno tartar sauce, salad or coleslaw, a choice of potato, and mixed vegetables. The menu also includes a basket with bite-sized breaded and deep-fried walleye, tavern fries, coleslaw, and a choice of traditional or jalapeno tartar sauce.

Sweeney's Saloon

The self-branded “second best bar in St. Paul” serves top-notch fish and chips, made with hand-dipped battered pollack and served with a zesty jalapeno tartar sauce and fries.

A basket with fried fish filets, French fries, and tartar sauce over green and white checkered paper.
Sweeney’s Friday night din.
Sweeney’s Saloon

Burger Dive on Bay Street

Try chef Nick O’Leary’s culinary take on dive bar cuisine with a Lenten fish fry special featuring cod with sliced fried potatoes. Pair it with a cold beer and try your luck with some pull tabs for the quintessential dive bar experience.  The special is also available at Burger Dive’s Roseville Potluck location. Order online for takeout and delivery.