The Best Lent-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago
This year, Lent is from Wednesday, March 6 – Thursday, April 18. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Lent is a season that focuses on simple living, prayer, and fasting. We’re here to help with the fasting part, which can be tricky sometimes. In this case, fasting refers to abstaining from red meat, on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of the Lenten season.
Whether you’re committed to fasting during Lent or just have a hankering for amazing seafood, we made a list great restaurants that offer special meals for those avoiding meat so you won’t have to cheat or give it a second thought.
435 North Clark Street
For Lent, Bub City is offering their all-day fish fry special for only $14.95, every Friday, until the end of Lent. Enjoy three hearty pieces of haddock, dipped in Bub City gold beer batter, and fried till golden perfection. The meal includes crispy waffles fries and house-made tartar sauce.
JOE’S SEAFOOD, PRIME STEAK & STONE CRAB
60 East Grand Avenue
Not only is this four-star restaurant perfect for Lent, but they also have gluten free options. Their fresh seafood is amazing, hand-harvested and caught from the Gulf of Mexico. We recommend the shrimp cocktail or their world famous stone crab. Delicious!
SHAW’S CRAB HOUSE
21 East Hubbard Street
Shaw’s Crab House is featuring 4 delicious pre-fixe fish fry specials. The fish special menu is available during lunch on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and every Friday until the end of lent, for only $25. Here’s what’s on the menu:
- East Coast Fish Fry – fried island creek oysters, fried new England clams, fried calamari with slaw and fries
- Cajun Fish Fry – blackened redfish with crawfish sauce, red beans and rice, fried sweet corn, jalapeño hush puppies
- Great Lakes Fish Fry – Lake Erie perch, Shaw’s Cole slaw, lemon butter and tartar sauce
- Shaw’s Fish Fry – beer battered Alaskan cod, french fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce
All dishes come with a cup of New England Style Clam Chowder and a mini slice of Shaw’s housemade Keylime Pie.