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Here’s the BND guide to nonprofit fish fries in the metro-east

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What's your favorite fish? As fish fry season begins, BND reporter Cara Anthony talks cod and catfish with customers at the popular fish stand in Swansea, IL in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO.
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What's your favorite fish? As fish fry season begins, BND reporter Cara Anthony talks cod and catfish with customers at the popular fish stand in Swansea, IL in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO.

Many metro-east residents observe the Lenten season by consuming fish on Fridays. Others seek out flaky, fried fish for more secular reasons.

Whatever the motivation — here’s a list of nonprofit fish fries in the metro-east:

Aviston Legion Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Every Friday. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-228-7311 or www.avistonlegion.com.

Belleville Fish Fry — 4:30-7:30 p.m. Every Friday in Lent from Feb. 16 through March 30. 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Fish by the pound, plate, sandwich. Sponsored by the Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies.

Caseyville Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Every Friday, Caseyville VFW Post 1117, 415 N. Long, Caseyville. Fish plates, desserts, sandwiches, burgers and more. Bingo at 7 p.m.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Every Friday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Eat-in or carryout. Cod, catfish fillets, tilapia, sides.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Every Friday, Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. North Atlantic cod, whole catfish, sides, desserts. 618-345-2508.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Every Friday. Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Eat in or carryout. Fried/baked cod, catfish, sides. 618-345-1492.

East Carondelet Fish Fry — 4:30-7:30 p.m. Every Friday in Lent. Community Center, 823 State St., East Carondelet. Cod cutups, shrimp and sides. Carryouts available. 618-286-8601.

Ellis Grove Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 23 and March 2, 16, 23, 30. Ellis Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 501 Eggemeyer Plaza, Ellis Grove. All-you-can-eat fish, catfish, cod and shrimp. Dine in or carry out. 618-859-3473.

Fish Fry Friday — 4-8 p.m. Every Friday in Lent, Feb. 16 through March 30. Millstadt Sportsmen’s Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Cod, shrimp, walleye, salmon patties, baked fish, desserts. Carryouts available. 618-476-1891.

Fish Fry Fridays — 4-8 p.m. Every Friday in Lent, Freedom Farm, 6355 Hilgard Memorial Drive, Freeburg. Sponsored by American Legion Post 58. Cod and walleye available by sandwich or plate. Homemade pizza also available. 618-660-6670.

Friends of the Cougars: Fish Fry 2018 — 4:30-7 p.m. Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent, Feb. 16 through March 30. Albers American Legion Hall, 600 N. Bertha, Albers. Proceeds of fish fries used to support the Cougars Athletic programs at Albers and Damiansville Elementary Schools. Dine in or carryout. 618-248-5505.

Highland Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Every Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.

Holy Childhood School Athletics Fish Fry — 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and Friday, March 9 only. Holy Childhood School, 215 N. John St., Mascoutah.

Holy Cross Lenten Fish Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Every Friday from Feb. 16 through March 23. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 460 Church St., Livingston. Cod tails, Alaskan white fish, catfish fillets or shrimp. Carry outs available. 618-637-2146.

Holy Family Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 and every Friday in Lent from Feb. 16 through March 30. Holy Family Church, 2606 Washington Ave., Granite City. 618-877-7158.

Holy Trinity Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Every Friday from Feb. 16 through March 30. Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights.

Lebanon Fire Department Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 only. 760 N. Monroe St., Lebanon. Eat in or drive thru.

Lebanon St. Joseph Catholic Church — 5-7 p.m. Every Friday from Feb. 16 through March 23. Church Hall, 901 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Cod, catfish, shrimp, sides, desserts. Dine in or carry out. No phone orders.

Maryville Knights of Columbus Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Every Friday from Feb. 16 through March 23. Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Parish Center, 200 N. Lange Ave., Maryville. Shrimp, cod, hot dogs, desserts. 618-344-6464.

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Catfish filet Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com

Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Every Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carryout. 618-566-2288.

Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club: Annual Fish Fry — Starts 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 only. Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. $10 all-you-can-eat. 618-566-4456.

Millstadt Fish Fry and Jam Session — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. Every Friday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. 618-476-1180.

O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Every Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Cod and bluegill, burgers, hot dogs, sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-632-6229.

O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Every Friday, VFW Post 805, 221 W. First St., O’Fallon. Fried and grilled fish, chicken, sides and desserts. Carryouts. 618-624-2651.

Okawville Fish & Chicken Fry — 5-8 p.m. Every Friday, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. American Legion Post No. 233. Eat in or carryout. 618-243-6545.

Parent Association of Notre Dame Academy and Knights of Columbus Cathedral of St. Peter Fish Fry — 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 and 23. Cathedral Campus Cafe, 200 S. 2nd St., Belleville. Cod and walleye by the plate or pound. Shrimp. Sides. Dine in or carry out.

Quail Club Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Every Friday during Lent from Feb. 16 through March 30. Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Cod, walleye, shrimp and more. Sides and desserts. Carryouts available. No phone orders.

Shiloh Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Every Friday, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Cod, walleye, shrimp, chicken wings. Eat in or carryout. Auxiliary bake sale for charity. 618-624-5412.

Smithton Turner Society Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Every Friday during Lent from Feb. 16 through March 30. Smithton Turner Hall, 115 N. Julia Drive, Smithton. Fried cod and beer specials. Dine in or carry out. Homemade baked goodies. 618-277-9690. Menu online: www.smithtonturnerhall.com.

St. Agatha Parish Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, March 2, 16, 30 only. 207 S. Market St., New Athens. Cod, shrimp, meatless spaghetti, sides. Eat in or carry outs available. 618-475-3579.

St. Elizabeth Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 and every Friday in Lent. St. Elizabeth Church, 2300 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, jack salmon, shrimp. Eat in or carry out.

St. Henry Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Every Friday in Lent from Feb. 16 through March 30. 5303 W. Main, Belleville. Cod, salmon, shrimp, sides. Dine in or carry out. 618-233-2423.

St. Joseph Church Fish Bake and Fry — 4-7 p.m. Every Friday from Feb. 16 through March 23. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Baked and fried cod, shrimp, sides, desserts. Sponsored by the Support Committee. Eat in or carryout. 618-539-4720.

St. Mary Parish Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Friday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Serves fried cod and walleye by sandwich, plate or pound. Sides include fries, onion rings, spaghetti and more. Drinks and desserts offered. Dine in and carryout options.

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A cod plate and two sides. Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com

St. Michael Paderborn Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Ash Wednesday only, Feb. 14. St. Michael’s Paderborn, 4576 Buss Branch Road, Waterloo. Mass at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by St. Michael’s Church.

St. Rose Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb 14. and Fridays from Feb. 16 through March 30. St. Rose park location, 17633 St. Rose Road, Breese. Cod fish, shrimp, sides.

St. Teresa Men’s Club Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9. St. Teresa, 1108 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. Fish by the sandwich or pound. Shrimp, spaghetti, sides and homemade desserts.

Swansea Fish Stand — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp and more. Saturday: fried chicken. 618-222-7171.

Trinity Lutheran Booster Club: Fish Fry — 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, March 9 only. Trinity Lutheran School, 10247 S. Prairie Road, Red Bud. White fish and river fish, hot dogs, sides and desserts.

Troy VFW Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Every Friday, Troy VFW Post 976 and Auxiliary, 123-A W. Market St., Troy. Cod, catfish, jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp. Dine in or carry out. 618-667-8387.

Walton’s Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Every Friday, Knights of Columbus, Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.

Waterloo Sportsman’s Club Fish Fry — 4-8:30 p.m. Every Friday during Lent from Feb. 16 through March 30. 4903 Sportsman Road, Waterloo. 618-458-9927.

Waterloo VFW Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every Friday, extended hours during Lent. Metzger Crook Post 6504, 406 Veterans Drive, Waterloo. Sold by the pound, sandwich or plate. Cod, catfish, walleye, salmon and shrimp. Carryouts. 618-939-7999.

Did we miss one? Nonprofit events only. Send information to lifestyle@bnd.com. Mail to: Lifestyle, Belleville News-Democrat, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427.

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