Where to get your Lenten fish

Newport Grill in Bradley Fair

Even though Wichita is no where near an ocean, we still have some decent fish and seafood in town. We even have several restaurant’s whose No. 1 focus is fish.

Recently, I’ve heard from several Lenten observers who are asking for alternatives to Long John Silver’s. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Long John Silver’s, home of the fabulous hushpuppy.)

Here’s a list of ideas.

FINE FISH DINING: Wichita has two finer restaurants whose focus is fish: The upscale Newport Grill at 1900 N. Rock Road and the popular chain Bonefish Grill at 10250 E. 13th St. There’s also always Red Lobster, the reliable chain that has stores at 555 S. West St. and 333 S. Towne East Mall Drive:

FAST AND FRIED: Fish fans also can choose from less fancy fish places, many of which have a loyal local following. Fast fried fish is available at In And Out Fried Chicken & Fish at  447 N. St. Francis and Wichita Fish Company, 1601 W. Douglas, and Pirate Pete’s Seafood Restaurant, 1648 S. Rock Road.

SUSHI SPOTS: Wichita’s list of great sushi places keeps growing. Among the spots to consider sampling during Lent: Kanai at 12111 W. Maple, Hana Cafe at 325 N. Mead, Sumo at 11233 E. 13th St. and Wasabi, which has locations at 912 E. Douglas Ave. and 3242 N. Rock Road.

ALSO: River City Brewing Co. at 150 N. Mosley offers some of Wichita’s most popular fish and chips. Freddy’s Frozen Custard always offers fried fish sandwiches and fish and chips during Lent. And When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Que at 7011 W. Central will offer fish specials such as lemon pepper smoked salmon and BBQ tilapia tacos on Wednesdays and Fridays through April 6. And The Seafood Shop at 6470 E. Central Avenue sells not only fish and seafood to be cooked at home but also carryout fish lunches.

In and Out Fried Chicken & Fish opens today

The missing word is "fish." The opening day is TODAY!

In and Out Fried Chicken & Fish opened at 10 a.m. today in the former Taste of Thai space at447 N. St. Francis.

I stopped by this morning to check on the place and found owner Charlie Nguyen and a few employees busily preparing for opening. He had one small problem: The sign guy showed up yesterday missing an essential ‘H’, so for now, the sign just says In And Out Fried Chicken &… But having gotten a look at the menu board, I assure you that the missing word is ‘fish.’ The restaurant will offer fried catfish, fried chicken combos, fried okra, fried gizzards, fried… fill in the blank.

I did feel a little bad for Charlie, who told me that he was caught off guard by the attention last week on this website about the name of his restaurant, which makes burger fans think of the famous In-N-Out burger chain native to California. Nguyen and his wife had never heard of that chain, he said, and believed they were choosing a unique name.

Hours for the new restaurant are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 am. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.