Dining With Denise Neil

Avoiding meat for Lent? Avoiding meat for health? Wichita restaurants are ready

Freddy’s Frozen Custard is offering both fish and chips and fish sandwiches during Lent.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard is offering both fish and chips and fish sandwiches during Lent.

If you’re Catholic, there’s a good chance you’ll be in search of a decent fish dish or a meatless taco over the next few weeks.

If you’re health conscience, there’s a good chance you’re trying to cut back on meat in your diet every day of the week.

Either way, this list should be of service.

Several Wichita restaurants are offering special menus during Lent, the period that runs from Ash Wednesday through Easter, that are heavy on the fish and absent of meat.

And one organization is even putting on special meat-free Mexican meals.

Here’s who’s offering what:

Meatless Mexican meals

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2351 N. Market: This church is continuing its annual tradition of offering meatless Mexican meals on Fridays during Lent, starting Friday and continuing through March 23.The meals will be offered from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and the menu includes cheese and onion enchiladas, tostadas, potato tacos, chile rellenos and more. You can dine in or carry out. Proceeds will support scholarships to send parish children to Catholic schools. For more information, call 316-838-5750.

Special lenten menus

Chick-fil-A, Central and Rock, 21st and Maize: Chick-fil-A will be serving fish sandwiches and fish strips every Friday through the end of March.

Emerson Biggin’s Old Town and Emerson Biggin’s East: The restaurants have put together a special Lenten menu that includes a grilled salmon plate, salmon salad, fish and chips, shrimp and chips, fish tacos, shrimp tacos and spinach and artichoke dip.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard: The Wichita-based fast-food chain is offering a fish and chips basket and a fish sandwich during the Lenten season.

Ruben’s Mexican Grill, 915 W. Douglas: This Mexican restaurant will have a special menu offered Fridays during lent that includes spinach enchiladas topped with cheese dip, tilapia, shrimp tacos and other meatless dishes.

Greystone Steak & Seafood, 9719 E. 21st St. North: The restaurant is promising some tantalizing white fish specials for Lent.

Town and Country, 4702 W. Kellogg: This classic Kellogg restaurant is highlighting its fish offerings during Lent, including fried and grilled shrimp, salmon, catfish filet, whole catfish, tilapia filets and fish sandwiches.

Jimmie’s Diner, 2121 N. Tyler, 3111 N. Rock Road and 1519 S. George Washington Blvd. This local diner has a Lenten menu featuring more than 30 items, including egg dishes, fish and chips, tuna salad sandwiches and mac and cheese.

Always reliable Lenten destinations

Wichita Fish Co., 1601 W. Douglas: The restaurant serves a whole array of fabulous fish, both fried and grilled. Among the crispy options: popcorn shrimp, battered clams, fried oysters, breaded scallops and Southern-style catfish.

Bonefish Grill, 10250 E. 13th St.: Visit this seafood chain and you may find yourself tempted to give up all food except Bang Bang Shrimp for Lent.

Newport Grill, 1900 N. Rock Road: This seafood restaurant offers a menu filled with everything from shrimp and scallops to trout and salmon.

The Seafood Shop, 6470 E. Central: This retail fish market serves lunch to go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Poke Mix, 8918 W. 21st St. Lent would be a good time to try this restaurant, which makes delicious rice bowls with tuna, shrimp and salmon as protein.

Noble House, 3238 E. Douglas: This Hawaiian restaurant is heavy on fish options, including mahi mahi, ahi tuna poke, garlic shrimp and more.

Krab Kingz Seafood, 748 N. West St: This new Wichita restaurant has crab and fried lobster on its menu. You won’t feel like you’re fasting.

Da Cajun Shak, 6249 E 21st St North: This Wichita restaurant is always popular on Fat Tuesday and at least 40 days after. It serves several Lent-friendly dishes, including fried catfish, fried crawfish and fried shrimp.

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