Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural Center resembles a busy amusement park during Lenten season, serving on average 1,100 people each night.
“When we’re busy, it’s almost like a Cedar Point line — it kind of loops around and we’ve had people wait up to an hour just to get in,” says Mike Iskandar, one of the chefs at Donauschwaben’s, who suggests customers come early for the fish fries.
“It’s one of our biggest fundraisers for the club, along with our Oktoberfest,” he says.
The club staff provides a fish dinner ($13) with your choice of baked or fried cod, a fish and shrimp combo or chicken tenders, alongside baked potatoes, french fries or mac ‘n’ cheese.
“All the fish is breaded that day, fresh to order,” says Iskandar.
For a more authentic German substitute, go with a side of mini-potato pancakes with applesauce ($1 extra).
“It’s mainly just your typical fish dinner, but we give you your money’s worth,” says Iskandar. “We do everything on real plates, real silverware — no baskets or paper plates.” Fridays February 21-April 10, 4-8 p.m. 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, 440-235-2646,