If you’re observing Lent this year, you might be facing the challenge of what to eat on Fridays when you’re supposed to abstain from eating meat.
While a typical hometown fish fry may be a little harder to come across here in D.C., there is certainly no shortage of delicious and affordable seafood spots to enjoy a good meal on your upcoming meatless Fridays.
Here are five D.C. restaurants serving up seafood, for when you just can't order another pizza or eat a sad bowl of pasta on a Friday night.
Ooh’s and Aahh’s
This award-winning soul food spot has so many yummy Lent-friendly options. Start with fried or grilled shrimp for an appetizer (8 for $10.95) and then feast on Chef Oji Abbott’s Whiting ($13.95), catfish, crab cake or lobster entrees for dinner.
Horace & Dickie’s Seafood Carryout
Horace and Dickie’s is a cash-only H Street staple perfect for those wanting to take their Friday fish meals home. You can pick up their fried fish dinner, which comes with three of their famous Whiting fillets and two sides, which include options such as macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, coleslaw and collard greens. For$13.85, it's a pretty irresistible deal for your mouth and wallet!
Bar Deco is conveniently located in the heart of D.C., right across from the Capital One Arena, making it the perfect place to meet up after work with some friends to enjoy a typical Lenten dinner. This cool restaurant offers a fish and chips special every Friday (all year round!) for $12. You also can't go wrong with crispy fish tacos, served with beer-battered cod, slaw, pico de gallo and tartar sauce ($17).
Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery
This New Orleans-inspired eatery has dubbed itself the “Mardi Gras Headquarters” here in the DMV, so you know that it will be offering up some pretty amazing specials during Lent. Bayou’s Friday fish specials change each week during Lent, so you’ll have to give them a call or just pop in to see what they’re cookin’ up. Side note: you will also definitely want to pick up some beignets while you’re there ($3). If you can't make it out to Arlington, head over to chef David Guas' Lil' B Coffee & Eatery in Dupont and snag the "Let the Good Times Roll" sandwich for lunch, featuring chilled spiced Gulf Shrimp salad on a toasted, buttery split roll.
BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant
BlackSalt specializes in seafood and giving you the best of both worlds. If you’re looking for quick takeout, you can choose from their large selection of fresh seafood in the market portion of the restaurant. But if you are hoping for a more upscale experience (date night, perhaps?) BlackSalt has a dining area perfect for a more intimate Friday evening dinner. Some of the menu choices include wood grilled swordfish ($38), crab cakes ($40), low country seafood stew ($36) and a selection of seasonal specials.