Greeks know a thing or two about comfort food. So in 2007 when Cleveland Heights’ Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral decided to host a traditional fish fry, they had to put their own twist on it.
Sure you’ll find delicious all-you-can-eat fried whitefish ($12) and fried or baked walleye ($16) as some of the traditional options. But don’t forget to cozy up to the tiropita (cheese pies) and spanokopita (Greek spinach pies). Or snag a large Greek salad complete with feta and Kalamata olives. And for dessert, it’s game on with baklava, rice pudding and other Greek pastries that are baked by church members.
Although Orthodox and western Easter fall on different dates and have different rules for Lent, the church still wanted to host the event for the community to enjoy.
“The idea was to raise some money for the church and run it during Catholic Lent — that’s the fish fry crowd,” says committee member Gus Kallergis.
The kitchen, run completely by the church community, serves around 500-600 meals per week. But you’ll get a little more than just a tasty meal if you decide to dine in, Kallergis says. “With the Greek music going, it’s a nice time to hang out and have fun.” Fridays during Lent 5-8 p.m. 3352 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-3300, stsconstantine.com