For those observing Lent, these burger and chicken chains are offering fish for a limited time. Chick-fil-A is only serving fish at select locations.
Several restaurants are baiting customers who observe Lent with a smorgasbord of seafood specials.
The fish fare is most prevalent on Fridays leading up to Easter, a time when many Catholics forgo meat. Some restaurants and churches have Fish Fry Fridays or Fish Frydays.
Ash Wednesday marked the start of Christian Lent and restaurants from fast-food chains to fine-dining establishments have expanded deep-sea menus for the season.
Lent is a six-week period of fasting, self-sacrifice and prayer observed by Christians each year to prepare for the celebration of Easter, when they believe Christ rose from the dead.
Here are the limited-time menu items and some popular year-round options, which are available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out.
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A&W: The chain has Pub Style Cod and Shrimp Baskets.
Arby’s: For a limited time, get two fish sandwiches for $5.
Bakers Square: The chain’s seasonal menu includes Fish ‘n Chips, Seared Salmon and Lemon Butter Tilapia. On Fridays for a limited time from 5 to 9 p.m., there’s an All You Can Eat Friday Fish Fry where for $12 you can get golden-battered cod served with creamy tartar sauce, seasoned French fries and choice of coleslaw or fresh fruit.
Bojangles’: The BojAngler Fish Sandwich & Platter returns to participating Bojangles’ restaurants through April 21 or while supplies last. Many locations will offer two BojAngler sandwiches for $5.
Bonefish Grill: Starting March 8, get the Angler’s Catch on Fish Frydays served every Friday during lent with “tempura-style, hand-battered crispy cod, sea scallops and shrimp served on a bed of French fries with house-made coleslaw and a side of cocktail and tartar sauce for under $20.”
Boston Market: For a limited time on Fridays, the chain has a Baked Cod meal.
Burger King: Big Fish sandwiches are now included in the chain’s two for $6 mix or match special for a limited time. Options include: Whopper, Crispy Chicken, Spicy Crispy Chicken and the Big Fish Sandwich.
Captain D’s: Through April 28, choose from the Giant Fish Sandwich or two North Atlantic Lobster Rolls for $3.99. A side and drink can be added for $1.79 more.
Chick-fil-A: The chicken chain’s Fish Sandwich is on sale now at select restaurants until April 20, the day before Easter. It’s not available every day and is not widely available nationwide. The starting price is $3.55.
Chipotle: The fast-casual Mexican chain has expanded its Lifestyle Bowls with meatless “plant-powered” options. Plant-Powered bowls are the first extensions in the brand’s Lifestyle Bowl offering, which launched earlier this year with Keto, Paleo, Whole30 and double protein diet-approved menu options, the company said in a statement.
Church’s Chicken: For a limited time, the chain has a $5 Pick-Your-Platter with three options: Garlic Butter Shrimp Platter, Shrimp ‘n’ Tenders Platter and the Crispy Fish Platter.
Cotton Patch Cafe: For a limited time, “All You Can Eat Catfish Frydays” are back. For $13.99, get made-to-order crispy catfish fillets served over fries with jalapeno hushpuppies and two tradition sides.
Del Taco: For a limited time, get two of Del Taco’s Beer Battered Fish Tacos for $4 at locations nationwide. Price and participation may vary by location.
El Pollo Loco: The chain has shrimp specials like shrimp tacos and shrimp and avocado enchilada platters.
Golden Chick: For a limited time, the chain has a Southern Fried Catfish Combo, which includes two pieces of catfish, fries, coleslaw, a yeast roll and a 20-ounce drink for $7.99.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Seasonal specials include many seafood dishes like Tex-Mex Tilapia.
Max & Erma’s: A seasonal seafood menu is available through April 28.
McDonald’s: The Filet-O-Fish is available daily at the fast-food chain.
Morton’s The Steakhouse: For a limited time on every Friday during Lent, Morton’s is offering Twin Lobster Tails for $39. Reservations are required, and the offer is available from 5 p.m. to close Fridays through April 12.
Nathan’s Famous: The new grouper sandwich is available at participating locations, for a limited time.
Noodles & Company: Zucchini Shrimp Scampi and Penne Rosa with shrimp are two limited-time options.
Pope Francis led a ceremony on Wednesday to mark the start of the Catholic church’s annual Lenten period of reflection in preparation for Easter. (March 6)
Panda Express: Wok-Fired Shrimp is available for a limited time and the “lent-approved dish marries seared premium shrimp and fresh cut vegetables together in a sweet, savory and spicy entrée,” the company said.
Popeyes: For a limited time, get a $5 Southern Butterfly Shrimp meal, which comes with eight butterfly shrimp “marinated in traditional Louisiana seasonings.”
Quiznos: Lobster and seafood subs are back for a limited time.
Red Lobster: Lobsterfest is back for a limited time and the seafood chain has its largest selection of lobster dishes available all year. Also for a limited time on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., get the Ultimate Lobster Roll and Bisque for $15.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Starting March 6 and through Easter, the Italian restaurant chain will have a Fresh Catch menu with two fish dishes: the Italian Fish Fry for $20, which is beer battered sole, shrimp and calamari, and the Grilled Fish Feast, a mahi-mahi filet, served with shrimp and scallop spiedini for $25.
Roy Rogers: Through May 5, get the Wild Pacific Cod Sandwich for $4.99 or the Wild Pacific Cod Platter for $7.99, which includes two cod portions and two sides.
Taco Bueno: Shrimp Tacos are available for a limited time.
Taco Cabana: The Texas-based chain has new Crispy Fish Tacos for $2.99 each or two for $5.69.
Taco John’s: Fish Tacos and Shrimp Street Tacos are back for a limited time.
Wendy’s: The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is back for a limited time and starts at $3.99.
Wienerschnitzel: Fish ‘n Chips are available for the season.
White Castle: Fish Nibblers, Shrimp Nibblers, Fish Slider and the Seafood Crab Cake Slider are part of the chain’s limited-time special menu.
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