Fish Fries and Other Seafood Places in Delaware for Lent

Fish tacos, poke bowl or fried fish?

During the 40 days of Lent, Christian tradition calls for abstaining from eating meat on Fridays as a penitential practice and remembering Christ’s sacrifice.

Lent begins on March 2, Ash Wednesday.

It’s not that hard to find a good deal of fish in the state. But while many area churches have traditionally offered very reasonably priced seafood meals on Fridays during Lent (except Good Friday, which is April 15 this year and traditionally a day of fasting), some have had to cancel or change meals in the past two years. due to the pandemic.

Agave in Lewes has great puffed fish tacos.  Scoring a table can be tricky, but it's worth the wait.

A great place to get fish tacos any time of the year is Agave Mexican Grill, which has its flagship restaurant on Second Street in downtown Lewes and a new location on Del. 1 near Rehoboth Beach.

The Lewes site is open Wednesday through Sunday and the Rehoboth site operates daily, beginning at noon.

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One of the standout items on the Agave menu has long been the fish tacos, $23.

The kitchen sandwiches grilled Mahi Mahi between two puffy tacos and covers the crispy tortillas with jicama salad, pico de gallo and Mexican lime cream.

We also recently had some really good Crispy Fish Tacos at Chuck Lager America’s Grill at 4500 New Linden Hill Road in Pike Creek. The $12 plate includes three tacos with fried breaded cod fillet, avocado, sriracha aioli, coleslaw and pickled red onion.

Santa Fe Mexican Grill at 2000 Penn Ave Luxury Apartments in Wilmington.

The Santa Fe Mexican Grill at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilmington sells two Baja fish tacos for $15. The kitchen folds fried Mahi Mahi between flour tortillas with purple cabbage, radish, avocado and jalapeno aioli. Black beans are served on the side. Tacos can also be made with lettuce wraps instead of flour tortillas.

Another good fish option is a poke bowl, the Hawaiian-style rice bowls with raw fish. Delaware now has five Poke Bros. franchises. and a sixth site will soon be available in Rehoboth Beach.

Prices for Poke Bros. Buildable Bowls, which can be made with shrimp, raw and marinated tuna, salmon, and squid, are around $12.

Poke Bros.  features cubed fish, fresh cut vegetables and traditional flavorings on a bed of steamed rice, making the poké bowl a healthy meal.

If you’re looking for a classic fish fry, St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, has resumed its on-site fish fry dinners this year at its church hall.

Every Friday of Lent from March 4 to April 8, dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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The menu includes fried fish, baked fish, crab cakes, fries, macaroni and cheese, green beans, coleslaw, salad, clam chowder and seafood gumbo. Wed.

Single dinners are $17; a double dinner is $23; and a kid’s meal of fish sticks and chips is $8. Cash or check only. Take-out meals are available. Visit smachurch.com

Knights of Columbus Council #4182 at The Church of the Holy Cross, 631 S. State St., Dover, will host Lenten dinners March 4, 11, 18, 24, and April 1 and 8 from 4-6 p.m. includes baked or fried fish, macaroni and cheese or potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, soup and dessert; adjusted if necessary each week. The cost is $10 per person, children under 8 are free and the price for families is $25.

St. John the Beloved Catholic Church of Milltown and its Knight of Columbus has long hosted a fish fry in its parish hall at 907 Milltown Road during the Lenten season.

Some churches offer take-out fried fish dinners on Fridays during Lent.

But, again this year, out of an abundance of caution, the Knights will not be hosting dinner parties but instead will be offering take-out fish sandwiches.

“Fish Fry in a Bag” will be available every Friday of Lent: March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 and 8.

Les Chevaliers offer a fillet of plaice on a roll with tartar sauce and pickles on the side, a bag of chips, a cookie and a drink for $8. Pints ​​of lentil and vegetable soup are $5.

Meals can be ordered online at www.tinyurl.com/SJBFish2022 Pickup is in the lobby Fridays 4:30-6pm

Orders must be placed no later than the Tuesday before the meal. For more information, email [email protected] or call 302-998-7271.

Scout Troop 283 holds its annual Fish Fry Lent on March 25. This event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the 21-year-old troupe and the proceeds help make the program affordable.

The take-out-only meal will be at the social hall of St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 2431 Frazer Road in Newark.

Meals can be picked up from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Customers can order Beer Breaded Haddock, Breaded Shrimp, Haddock and Shrimp Combo Meal, or Mac and Cheese.

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Each meal, homemade and prepared on site and ranging in cost from $8 to $20, includes fries, macaroni salad, coleslaw, green salad, a roll and dessert.

New England clam chowder is available for an additional $5. Online ordering can be found at fishfryde.org/ff/order-form/ For more information email [email protected]

Two other great places for fried fish include Stoney’s British Pub at 3007 Concord Pike in Talleyville, and Go Brit!, a British-themed fast-casual restaurant at 18388 Coastal Highway in Lewes.

Go Brit!  in Lewes has been offering fish and chips since 2012. The company now offers franchise opportunities.

Stoney’s signature dish is his fish and chips. It’s served at dinner and includes batter-dipped, fried white fish, which owner Mike Stone looks like in an authentic British chip shop, as well as hand-cut chips. Stoney’s is closed on Mondays. But opens Tuesday at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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British-style fish and chips can be found across County Sussex at Go Brit! in Lewes and its 20-year-old sister operation, Go Fish! near the boardwalk in Rehoboth. Both are owned by London native Alison Blyth.

The beer-battered fried fish sandwich is $12 and comes with coleslaw. Both establishments also offer traditional British fish and chips. For dessert, be sure to order Blyth’s delicious sticky caramel pudding that was featured on the “Today Show.”

Contact Patricia Talorico at (302) 324-2861 or [email protected] and on Twitter @pattytalorico

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