It's officially fish-fry season in Kansas City - and with plenty of opportunity to eat meatlessly for the next six Fridays during the Lenten season. No matter what your religious affiliation, these modestly priced meals - fish, shrimp or some other meatless alternative (usually, but not always, available for diners who don't care for seafood) - can be a cost-effective way to take a family out to eat.
For the last several years, Fat City has listed the area churches offering these meatless meals. If you have additional questions (directions, prices), we suggest contacting them directly
It's not a church, but there's a banner flying over the entrance to the Cosentino's Price Chopper in Brookside (6327 Brookside Plaza, 816-523-7700) announcing "all-you-can-eat fish or shrimp" on Fridays during Lent. That particular deal, it turns out, is only good at the Cosentino's markets with dine-in areas, like the one between State Line and Wornall Road on 103rd Street (1030 West 103rd Street, 816-942-4200). But the stores with carry-out delis are offering a $9.99 seafood dinner on Fridays that includes two fried fish fillets, 16 breaded and fried or hot-boiled shrimp, two hush puppies, 4 ounces of roasted potatoes, 4 ounces of coleslaw and corn on the cob.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Padraic Pearse Division #1 is hosting shrimp dinners in the cafeteria of the Redemptorist Church at 3333 Broadway on February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15 and March 22 from 5 to 7;30 p.m. The meal is priced at $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-13, and free for children ages 5 and younger. The maximum cost for a family will be $36. The meal will feature boiled shrimp, baked fish, cheese pizza, side dishes, coffee, tea or lemonade. It's available dine-in or carry-out.
The Saint Charles Borromeo parish in Gladstone, 900 Northeast Shady Lane, will serve a fish-fry dinner this Friday, February 22, as well as March 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. Dine-in and carry-out will be available. The meal includes a choice of tilapia (buttered and baked or beer-battered and fried, or breaded and fried), shrimp scampi over linguini and New England-style clam chowder. All include three side dishes and a breadstick, beverage and dessert. The adult meal is priced at $8 and $3 for children. Patrons who bring in a can of soup receive $1 off an adult meal.
The Nativity of Mary parish in Independence at 10017 East 36th Terrace will host a fish fry on February 22, March 1, 8 and 22. The meal - priced at $9 per person - includes boiled shrimp, battered cod, catfish nuggets, baked fish, fish tacos, cheese pizza, and side dishes and beverage. Desserts are available for an additional cost.
The semimonthly Catholic Key newspaper runs a complete list of church-sponsored fish frys in the metro, available by clicking here.