The Lenten Season: Fish Frys, Best Fish Sandwiches and More in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond
It’s the Lenten season, and that means FISH! Some Christians observe Lent by abstaining from meat the entire 40 days of Lent; others just avoid meat on Fridays. Maybe you just like fish! Whatever your tradition, we are here to help you find the best Fish Fry events and fish specials in and around Champaign-Urbana. Special thanks to all our readers who helped us crowd source this list.
St. Matthew Catholic Church: Starting Friday, March 8, every Friday during Lent from 5-7:00 p.m. in Feeney Hall.
Legends: This campus standby has been serving up one of the best fish sandwiches in town for years. The award winning (and alumni favorite!) Fish Sandwich is served every Friday and Saturday, throughout the year.
Culvers: Cod and Walleye fish sandwiches and dinners are on the daily menu.
Pia’s Icelandic codfish sandwiches are served only on Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Deep fried in Pia’s secret beer batter and served with slaw and chips.
Billy Barooz “has amazing beer battered fish sandwiches every Friday, also really yummy clam chowder!”
Derald’s food truck: “Year-round, the best fried fish in CU is the fish sandwich from Derald’s food truck (usually parked on Mathews) near the main quad.” While we haven’t tested this sandwich for ourselves, rumor has it (or at least our FB feed has it) that it is the best!
Sun Singer Restaurant: As of 2019, Sun Singer in southwest Champaign is now the new home of the Chambana Famed De Luxe Fish Sandwich. The famed sandwich is only available on Fridays at lunch, using the Famous De Luxe Billiards recipe. We’ve tried this sandwich ourselves and it lived up to it’s reputation as T-A-S-T-Y.
Urbana Gardens has all-you-can-eat walleye every Friday.
Boomerangs Bar and Grill has awesome fish sandwiches on Fridays!
Bunny’s: The Friday special is three fish sandwiches: beer battered walleye sandwich and chips; dry battered or grilled cod sandwich; blackened salmon sandwich.
The Sacred Heart Fish Fry will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Villa Grove on March 8. Dinner includes: fried fish, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, baked beans, dessert, and drink for $9/adults; $4/6-12 yrs; Free/5 & under.
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