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.
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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.
A&W:The chain has Pub Style Cod and Shrimp Baskets.
Arby’s: For a limited time, get two fish 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.”
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.
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.
Noodles & Company: Zucchini Shrimp Scampi and Penne Rosa with shrimp are two limited-time options.
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.
Wendy's: The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is back for a limited time and starts at $3.99.
White Castle: Fish Nibblers, Shrimp Nibblers, Fish Slider and the Seafood Crab Cake Slider are part of the chain's limited-time special menu.
(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.)