If you’re wondering why everyone suddenly seems to be talking about fried fish, Marty Rosen’s “Frydays Then & Now” provides the explanation. It was originally published in the Spring 2020 issue of Food & Dining Magazine.

Here is Marty’s introduction.

Fishy Politics

The Lenten Fish Fry traces his roots back to the earliest centuries of Catholic practice. From as early as the second century A.D., the ichthys (the “sign of the fish”) had become a secret symbol used by Christians in recognition of the importance of fish and fishermen in the Gospels.

For nearly two millennia, the consumption of fish on days of abstention has played a prominent role in Roman Catholic tradition and practice. It’s a tradition that continues today all over the world. In Louisville alone, dozens of area churches host annual Fish Frys during Lent.

But it turns out that all those centuries of fasting days have also had an enormous impact on history and the global economy.

For a 2020 “fish for Lent” restaurant update, your attention is directed to Gege Reed in the Louisville Courier Journal. Her list includes indies and chains alike, but of course we encourage patronizing the locals.

Attention fish lovers! Here are 12+ must-try Louisville restaurants to get fish for Lent

It’s fried fish season! If you’re looking for fish outside the church setting, here are some Louisville area restaurants where you can get your fill during Lent 2022. Each offers a variety of dine-in, carry-out or drive-thru options.