The arrival of the Lenten season has brought a lot of hungry customers looking for fish options at restaurants around the region.
The practice will continue through Easter for diners who observe the Lenten practice of not eating meat on Fridays. Restaurants throughout the region, including Teibel’s in Schererville, are catering to these customers.
“Our Fridays our very busy just because of that,” Teibel’s owner Paul Teibel said.
A big mover at Teibel’s on Fridays during Lent is lake perch, which Teibel said is what his business is already known for.
“We have all-you-can-eat perch on Fridays, so Fridays are busy in general,” he said.
Two Lenten specials Teibel’s is running are mahi mahi with ginger teriyaki and honey bourbon salmon.
Also popular for Lent is clam chowder, frog legs and walleye pike, Teibel said.
At Pier 74 in Cedar Lake, co-owner and baker Shannon Spencer said the restaurant offers discounted specials on Fridays for Lenten observers.
“We definitely sell a lot more fish on Fridays,” she said.
Offerings include a breaded tilapia and butter crumb salmon, Spencer said.
“That’s probably our top seller,” she said. “The salmon is baked, so it’s a little healthier for you.”
Pier 74 also offers hand-breaded fish and shrimp tacos that are popular during Lent.
Fish and shrimp tacos are popular this time of year at Catch 22 Bar & Grill in Merrillville as well. Operating partner Jason Evans said a lot of people want the easy option of dining out during Lent and every year Catch 22 offer new fish specials. There are eight this year, including grouper and mahi mahi.
“We try to make ours a little more causal,” he said.
Evans said Catch 22 should see an uptick in sales and with Lent running through St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness.
“This is the time of the year you hope things pick up, especially after the last six or eight weeks of the winter we’ve had," Evans said.
“We’re hopeful some cabin fever is going to kick in real soon,” he said.