While many churches suspended Lenten fish fry dinners, several New Orleans restaurants launched a spin-off tradition as a fundraiser to stay afloat.
The city-wide, curbside fish fry returns for a second week on Friday, March 27. The curbside pickup runs from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and includes meals from Station 6, GW Fins, Pêche Seafood Grill, Luke and Ralph’s on the Park.
A spokesperson for the event says restaurants will continue the fish fry each Friday, “until we can’t any longer.”
With safety regulations top of mind, each restaurant will serve its own curbside, to-go menu. Last week, Monsignor Christopher Nalty attended each location to bless the meals. The local priest will do the same this week.
“We were so happy to see our loyal customers stop by last Friday,” said Alison Vega-Knoll, chef and owner of Station 6. “While we cannot spend time together as a community over a meal inside our restaurants, this is a wonderful way to bring our foods into their homes while they spend time with their own families.”
Tabasco has generously pledged to support the fundraising efforts with a matching donation from last week’s fish fry and this week’s fish fry to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.
“We are so pleased that Tabasco is joining us in this endeavor to support our hospitality workers,” said Craig Borges of New Orleans Seafood Company.
Each restaurant will offer fried or grilled fish options served with a side for $15 per person. In addition, $2 per meal will be donated to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation earmarked specifically for their Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund.
Crescent Crown Distributing has also donated beer to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation for the event and will be offering Abita Brewing, Dixie Brewing, NOLA Brewing, Second Line Brewing, Great Raft Brewing.
Here is a list of menus and pick-up locations for the city-wide, curbside Friday fish fry:
Crispy catfish with malt vinegar tartar sauce served with crab boil corn-on-the-cob and Drew’s potato salad $15
(105 Old Hammond Highway, Metairie) 504-345-2936
English style fish & chips, beer battered flounder, house tartar sauce, steak fries $15
(808 Bienville Street) 504-581-3467
Pêche Seafood Grill
Shrimp Boil, corn and potatoes $15
(Pick up at Cochon Butcher: 930 Tchoupitoulas Street) 504-522-1744
Crispy cornmeal fried catfish, French fries, fluffy sweet corn hush puppies, fish camp coleslaw, crispy Brussels sprouts $15
Kids menu: 3 chicken fingers with fries, hush puppies & ranch ($7)
(333 St. Charles) 504-378-2840
Ralph’s on the Park
Corn fried local catch, coleslaw, white remoulade, hush puppies $15
(900 City Park Avenue) 504-488-1000