Last update: March 2, 2019
If there is one thing we know for certain, it’s that Pittsburgh loves its fish fries.
From maps to documentary shorts, we take Lenten fish fry season very seriously.
And while there are no shortage of great fish fries to attend… that might actually be the problem. There are too many fries to visit, it’s hard to know which ones to prioritize!
Below we’ve rounded up 14 of our favorite fish fries in Pittsburgh, and even a few as far out as Washington, PA. Trust us, it’s worth the drive.
If we forgot your favorite fry, don’t fret! We could never fit everyone on the list. Just leave it in the comments below!
And, as always, we want to see your fish fry pictures! Please tag us @goodfoodpgh and #goodfoodpgh.
The Best Lenten Fish Fries in Pittsburgh:
Riverview Church on the Northside
Stop by Riverview Church for all your favorite fish fry goodies! Riverview hand-batters their haddock, and all french fries are freshly cut! Their menu of classic side dishes include: haluski, mac and cheese, pickle chips, spicy hot cheese balls, clam chowder, and more.
Riverview Church (3505 Perrysville Ave)
This popular family-owned tavern is located on Babcock Boulevard the North Hills. The restaurant, which has been in the family for over 60 years, is famous for their fish sandwich! The Kretzler fried fish sammie includes an 8 oz piece of cod, battered dipped and fried golden brown. The fish is served on a sesame seed bun with a side of homemade coleslaw. The restaurant is packed on Fridays during lent, so stop by to join in on the fun! Otherwise, visit Kretzler’s anytime during the year to enjoy this famous sandwich.
Kretzler’s Tavern (2240 Babcock Blvd)
Holy Trinity in Washington
Head to Washington, PA to enjoy a classic fish fry experience at Holy Trinity church. This parish serves monster-sized fish sandwiches, and homemade specialties like pierogies and potato pancakes. The line is out the door every Friday, so you know it’s the real deal.
Holy Trinity (605 Hewitt Ave)
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh in Hazelwood is launching their Lenten Fish Fry every Friday during Lent 2019. Guests will enjoy excellent hand-battered fish with homemade sides, prepared by the Community Kitchen’s culinary trainees. A few of the student-made dishes include: pierogies, mac-and-cheese, soups and cole slaw. Guests can dine in or take out, and credit cards are accepted.
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh (107 Flowers Avenue, 15207 )
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
Below: The Codfather! This extra special fried fish sandwich is available at St. Maximilian Parish during their Lenten Friday dinners. Guests can also enjoy shrimp, crab cakes, tuna salad, egg salad, stuffed tomatoes, and more! A full menu can be viewed online.
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (363 W. 11th Avenue)
Corpus Christi Parish
Many Pittsburghers swear by the fish fry at Corpus Christi in McKeesport! The menu includes popular dishes like hand-breaded fish, shrimp, tomato soup, hush puppies, cole slaw, and more! Additionally, 10% of net proceeds go to
the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. A full menu can be viewed on the church’s Facebook page.
Corpus Christi Parish (803 Market Street)
Epiphany Catholic Church
Enjoy a meal at the beautiful Epiphany Catholic Church, located next to PPG Paints Arena in Downtown Pittsburgh. The church offers both deep-fried and baked fish sandwiches, pierogies, clam chowder, desserts, and more! Stop by Fridays throughout Lent to enjoy this great meal.
Epiphany Catholic Church (184 Washington Place)
Keith Heinritz Katering
Another incredibly popular fish sandwich in Pittsburgh (regardless of the season!) is Keith Heinritz Katering. Located on Brinton Avenue in Westmoreland County, the “Fish Sandwich Dinner,” includes Keith’s famous fish sandwich and two sides, which includes potato pancakes and haluski.
Keith Heinritz Katering (209 Brinton Avenue)
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
Head to Wexford for the extremely popular fry that happens every Friday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church! On Ash Wednesday, the church is offering a takeout-only brown-bag dinner for$8.50, that includes a fish sandwich, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. The typical Friday fish fry menu includes: fish, shrimp, Mac & Cheese, applesauce, baked potato, tomato florentine, and much more!
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (201 Church Road)
St Raphael Catholic Church
Every Friday during lent, the multi-purpose room at St Raphael turns into a lively atmosphere as diners enjoy a delicious Lenten meal. The menu includes fried fish, Mac & Cheese, and various specials. Save room for dessert, as the 8th Grade class is hosting a bake sale at the dinners to fund their field trips. More information can be found online.
St Raphael Catholic Church (1154 Chislett Street)
St. Joan of Arc Parish
You don’t want to miss the delicious fry happening at St. Joan of Arc Parish. The church is offering an extensive menu of fried fish, salmon, shrimp, Poboy Sandwiches, tacos, pizza, and more!
St. Joan of Arc Parish (6470 Library Road)
Swissvale Fire Department
Pittsburgh looks forward to the famous fry at the Swissvale Fire Department all year long! To see what all the buzz is about, stop by every friday during lent for lunch or dinner. And if they still have some, be sure to get get a side of their delicious haluski, which is known to sell out!
Swissvale Fire Department (7400 Irvine Street)
Ancient Order of Hibernians 32
The Ancient Order of Hibernians offers an evening fish fry throughout Lent, serving hand-breaded haddock, and baked or fried fish offerings. There are also many handmade dessert options!
Oakmont Elks #1668
The Oakmont Elks lodge promises to serve one of the best fish fries in the ‘burgh! Come check it out for yourself, every Friday through Lent from 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Oakmont Elks #1668 (106 Washington Avenue)
Holy Angel Church in Hays. The best!!!
All you can eat fish fry buffet at Madison Firehall in Madison, PA. Cost is $15 which includes: Fried Fish, Grilled Fish, Baked Fish, Haluski, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Cornbread, Drinks and Dessert plus a weekly special. Special for March 8 is Crab Cakes with a red pepper sauce.
Hoots in McKeesport
Becky Gwosden says
St. Sava in Mckeesport should be on the list! Theirs is delish!
J E J says
Are any open for lunch?
I second the Holy Angels vote!
Steve Hills says
Saint Mary’s on Middle Road in Indiana Township! Still $10 for a complete dinner incl roll, veggie, side, drink and dessert!
I would LOVE to see a list of SECULAR organizations holding Fish Fries. I am an anti-theist and would rather starve than support religion in any way.