Fish & Chips: Lent-Friendly Meals in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | March 6, 2014
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I’m not a huge seafood fan, but present me with a basket of fish and chips and a beer and you’ve got a friend for life. They say consuming at least one meal of fish a week provides numerous health benefits, seeing as how it’s chock full of good-for-you fats and is more heart healthy than, say, a huge steak.

I’m not sure if deep fried fish technically fits into this recommendation, but it will more than likely be served with coleslaw, which includes several vegetables. Regardless, it’s now Lent, when fish and chips are a popular dinner choice on Friday nights. Take a look at where you can find some of the tastiest fish and chip entrees in Metro Detroit:

Crow’s Nest Bar and Grill, 6166 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton, has all-you-can-eat fish and chips for $10.99 on Fridays, beginning today. The restaurant is offering several other daily specials throughout Lent, including Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce, Shrimp Po’ Boy, Crab Cake Sliders and a Grilled Salmon Dinner.

Friday nights at Crow’s Nest also feature $3 Three Olive cocktails, and with this 15 percent off coupon, you can get a discount on your meal as well. You can thank me later.

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Gaelic League of Detroit, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, will offer its annual fish fry menu from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays throughout Lent. The fish fry dinner includes two pieces of fried Pollock, French fries or mac n’ cheese, coleslaw and a roll for just $8. If fried isn’t your style (is that a thing?), the baked fish dinner includes three pieces of baked cod, a side of veggies, coleslaw and a roll for $9.

Keep in mind, all meals are cooked to order, so try to get there before 7:30 p.m. to make sure they haven’t sold out!

Speed Boat Bar & Grill, 749 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, is known for its Friday fish fry, which occurs all day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. You have your choice of cod, perch, salmon, and walleye, which can also be served in sandwich form. Each dinner comes with French fries or mashed potatoes, your choice of coleslaw, salad or veggies, and a roll.

On Fridays, karaoke starts at 9 p.m. and there are plenty of $3 drink specials, so you’re in for a good evening.

Nassau Grill & Bar, 15095 N. Sheldon Rd., Plymouth, doesn’t have a Friday fish fry, per se, but the fish and chips on the everyday menu are some of the best around. Here, you can get your battered cod (served with fries and coleslaw) fix any day of the week. The other day my mother told me I’m going to “sprout gills” at this rate, and this place is probably to blame.

Duggan’s Irish Pub, 31501 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, has two fish dinners on its menu, both of epic proportions. There’s no need for all-you-can-eat plates when the Susie Q Fried Lake Perch consists of six filets of fish, in addition to the fries and coleslaw it’s served with. The second fish entree is the Susie Q Fish and Chips, which includes freshly battered and deep fried cod served with French fries and Jeff’s bread.

Sean O’Callaghan’s, 821 Penniman Ave., Plymouth, is a traditional Irish pub with plenty of Irish fare, including fish and chips. Instead of most places where you get about three decent sized pieces of fish, you get one giant piece here. Which, really, I’m not complaining about, but it looks like it was pulled off of a charter boat. The battered cod fillet is served with coleslaw and French fries, and the kitchen is open until midnight Tuesday through Saturday.

Coach Insignia, 100 Renaissance Center, Detroit, has fish and chips for the, uh, sophisticated palate. The restaurant’s Detroit “Fish & Chips” consist of Michigan rainbow trout, potato croquette, parsley coulis, pickled fennel salad and garlic chips. And, drum roll please, it only costs a mere $29! However, this might be a good and fancy option if, say, your anniversary or significant other’s birthday falls during Lent.

If you’re like me, you’ll keep these places in mind even when Lent season is over. Be sure to pair your fish and chips dinner with a dark beer and you’ll be one happy camper.