This morning I’ve learned of yet another meat-free dining option for Lent, though this one has nothing to do with fish. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Catholic church at 2409 N. Market, offers meatless Mexican meals on Friday nights through Lent. The church serves potato tacos, cheese enchiladas, tostadas, chile rellenos, beans, rice and fideo from 5 to around 7 p.m. They take cash only, and items are sold a la carte. Diners can eat at the church or take the food to go. The dinners are a fund-raiser for children who attend Catholic schools. For more information, call 316-838-5750.
As for Lenten fish feasting, here are a couple of options I’ve recently discovered:
The Red Barn, a cool little family-run business at that specializes in barbecue, Mexican food and breakfast, is putting on a fish-fry buffet from 3 to 8 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The buffet includes hand-breaded fried catfish, smoked salmon lemon butter pasta and sides for $12.99 a person. The Red Barn is a bit of a drive — it’s on the east side of Lake Afton (technical address: 24401 W. MacArthur Road, Goddard.) But it’s worth it. I enjoyed the rib and tamale feast I had there last year. You can see the full menu here.
Also, I’ve learned that Pig In Pig Out, the barbecue restaurant at 1003 E. 13th St., is serving a killer smoked lemon pepper salmon on Fridays through Lent. It’s a big hit, said manager K.J. Huelsman, and it often goes quickly on Fridays. “People wait all year for it,” he said. Pig In Pig Out is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays.