king cod sandwich from gioia's deli photo by michelle volansky

4 St. Louis fish fries to kick off Lent

With Lent beginning today, Wednesday, Feb. 17, St. Louis fish fries are making their yearly comeback. Starting this week until Lent’s end, plenty of local restaurants are featuring Friday fish fries. To help you out in scouting your many options, each week until Lent is over, we will share a few spots each week to help you get your fix. (These dishes may sell out, so get there early to ensure you don’t miss out.)

Biggie’s Restaurant in Northampton will be serving fried jack salmon with a side and a salad with your choice of homemade dressing for $15. Dine-in or carryout from 4 to 11 p.m. with phone or in-person ordering, 3332 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314.781.0060, 

Essentially Fries Food Truck will be parked in front of Edibles and Essentials every Friday. A fried, beer-battered cod served with house-made tartar sauce and smoked ketchup is available for $14; add a side of coleslaw for an extra $2. Carryout only from 4 to 9 p.m. with in-person ordering only, 5815 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, 314.328.2300,

Gioia’s Deli is starting up Fish Fry Fridays again at both locations. Choose between a classic fried cod sandwich for $11 or a king cod sandwich for $12. The king cod is topped with mac and cheese and Red Hot Riplets. Both are served on garlic cheese bread with your choice of garnish – lettuce, tomato, giardiniera and more – and cheese, including Provel, mozzarella and more. Carryout only from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with online, phone or in-person ordering, 623 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur; 1934 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, 314.776.9410,

Pietro’s Restaurant will offer a choice of fried cod or grilled grouper served with green beans, mashed potatoes and house-made tartar sauce for $8. Dine-in or carryout from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with phone or online ordering, 3801 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314.645.9263,