Fish fry diners, though mostly curbside or take-out, are back for 2022.
Fish fries are popular during Lent, a time of religious observance that typically requires Christians to abstain from meat on Fridays. Lent began on Ash Wednesday, March 2, and lasts until Good Friday, April 15.
Many parishes had offered in-person meals during the pre-pandemic years, but switched to curbside ordering or take-out last year due to covid restrictions. This includes St. Aidan’s parish in Wexford, which is repeating the practice for 2022. When planning began in January, parish accountant Mary King said there were still too many unknowns with the pandemic to decide. to return to meals in person.
“When the planning started in January, at the end of December, there were still a lot of restrictions. We just decided to use the sidewalk only,” she said.
Although they have always done better financially with take-out sales, she said on-site dining is preferred by many parish residents, such as families or older customers. And she said the parish hopes to return to sit-down meals in the future.
For St. Aidan’s, profits are shared between the parish and the parish school, Blessed Seelos Academy. She said last year was her peak year for sales. She said the parish hired an officer from the Northern Regional Police Department to help with traffic this year.
Saints John and Paul Catholic Church in Franklin Park, although it has a mailing address in Sewickley, is returning this year with take-out and take-out.
Additionally, the AW Beattie Career Center in Allison Park, which hosts an annual fish fry luncheon, also offers sit-down-only dining at its student-run restaurant.
The Hampton Volunteer Fire Department has developed a fairly effective system for its fish fries, according to Department Secretary Heather Paxton. She said signs will be placed on Duncan Avenue to direct drivers and Hampton Fire Police volunteers will be there to direct traffic. Drivers will be offered a menu and an order taker will approach the vehicle and take the customer’s order and payment, according to Paxton. The order will then be delivered to the customer. She said the average wait time was around 15 minutes for the whole process.
“It seems to be pretty fast considering we serve around 150 customers in 2.5 hours,” she said.
“Members of the department continue to house the annual fingerlings more for the community than for the financial return. We love to serve and interact with the community. The community requests this event every year,” she said.
Here are details of some local fish fry events.
St. Aidan Parish
Or: Blessed Francis Seelos School on St. Alphonsus Campus, 201 Church Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
When: Every Friday of Lent from March 4 to April 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Good Friday April 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What: Appetizers include a fish dinner, fish sandwich, or shrimp dinner with macaroni and cheese and coleslaw for $12.50.
Ordered: Call to order ahead at 412-585-3915 or 724-931-0596. Or order online at www.fish-fry.org. Orders can only be placed online after noon on fry day. And orders can be picked up from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Orders can also be taken from the car.
Saints John and Paul Catholic Church
Or: 2586 Wexford Bayne Road, Sewickley, 15143.
When: Fridays, March 4 to April 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
What: $14 Platter of giant fried fish sandwiches, including fries and coleslaw.
Ordered: On site or take away only. No pre-order available. Visit for greatgrouping.org/fishfry.
Saints Martha and Mary Parish
Or: Saint Catherine of Sweden at 2554 Wildwood Road in Allison Park, 15101.
When: Fridays, March 4 to April 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What: Dinners include a fish, shrimp, or mac and cheese dinner. Pizza, tacos and clam chowder also on the menu. Dessert is included with dinner. See the online menu for details and prices at www.stcatherineofsweden.org.
Ordered: Take out to Farmer Hall or order curbside pickup. All curbside pickup orders must be placed in advance via online ordering or by phone. When ordering, specify preferred pickup method and allow 20 minutes for order. Online orders via the website can be placed from Wednesday until 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Phone orders can be placed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 412-486-6001.
Hampton Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1
Or: 2536 Duncan Ave, Allison Park, 15101.
When: Every Friday in March, as well as April 1 and 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 15, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What: Orders are take out only. Order and pay from the car. No pre-order. Pierogies are on the menu this year. Dinners include two sides. Prices vary.
Ordered: Visit the Hampton Township VFD Facebook page for a menu.
AW Beattie Career Center
Or: 9600 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, 15101.
When: From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 4, 11 and 18 and April 1 and 8. To take away or on the spot. No pre-order is available. Proceeds support the FCCLA Vocational Student Organization.
What: Appetizers available with two sides, coleslaw, dessert and drink. Or order items a la carte. Prices vary.
Ordered: Full menu, visit www.beattietech.com. Pre-orders not available.
Natalie Beneviat is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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