This year, Lent began on February 26 and continues until Easter on April 12. If you’re observing a Lenten fast, that usually means meatless meals on Friday. Fortunately, most denominations allow fish during the Lenten fast. Here are 10 options to see you through. 


Bonnell’s Waters Restaurant

The third restaurant in Jon Bonnell’s Fort Worth empire, Waters is a prime place for excellent seafood. Whether you want an exotic-but-sustainable catch of the day, a fresh lobster salad, a Creole-seasoned Arctic Char or just plain fish and chips, it’s all available here.

 


Coco Shrimp

If you want a little taste of the Hawaiian Islands, you’ll find it in two spots. The original food truck’s still in north Fort Worth, while the new restaurant opened up off South Main this year.

 


Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

This is one of my favorite special occasion places in Fort Worth, and there are more fish dishes than you can eat the entirety of Lent. Fish tacos are a new-ish addition to the appetizer menu.

 


Flying Fish

The website proclaims “This place is Lent Central” and that may not be too far off. Grilled, fried, boiled or raw are all on the menu year-round here at one of the Fort’s oldest seafood restaurants.

 


La Playa Maya

Now into a fourth decade, the three Fort Worth locations offer the cuisine of coastal Mexico. You’ll find a variety of soups, including the sopa Marinera with octopus, scallops, shrimp and whitefish; ceviche; and a stunning array of seafood specials including tacos and enchiladas.

 


Pacific Table

With daily fish specials along with a San Francisco-style cioppino, sushi salad and a scallop salad, Felipe Armenta’s glorious fresh fish menu will dazzle you on Friday, and every day. 

 


Shinjuku Station

Seared baby octopus, sake steamed mussels, tempura shrimp and more sushi and sashimi options than you could possibly eat in a sitting. This is definitely not your grandma’s Lent-compliant restaurant. 

 


Tributary Café

Shrimp remoulade, shrimp creole and the unusual shrimp Clemonceau (with peas, mushrooms, and beurre blanc) are all regular menu offerings at this sweet family-owned restaurant in River East.

 


Tricky Fish

Grab a blackened or fried catfish po-boy or your choice of salmon, mahi, redfish or tilapia prepared a plethora of different ways. If you’re tired of fried or grilled fish, the shrimp linguine might suit.

 


Zeke’s Fish and Chips

If we’re counting, I think this West Side staple’s five decades in business make it the oldest of Fort Worth’s fish restaurants. It’s one of the few places you can get good East Coast-style clam strips. The fish tacos, Boston clam chowder, and fish and shrimp combo plates with your choice of catfish or Icelandic cod guarantee you’ll be full and happy.