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2019 Fish Fry Guide

Lent begins March 6, and with it comes a net of fish fries at local churches, halls and restaurants. So whether you're fishing for perch or walleye, beer-battered or baked, we've got our hooks in 38 fish fries worth diving into. Plus, an interactive map that helps you find the closest fry. 

A Lakeshore Home In Canton Brings Beach Life Indoors

With pops of deep-ocean blue and coastal teal, the experts at Laura of Pembroke reach peak sea vibes.

Remember Tent City

The Akron homeless village was a safe space for those who resisted traditional shelters. Now that it's gone, advocate Sage Lewis is battling the city to help a struggling community on the brink of being forgotten.

Food + Drink

2019 Fish Fry Guide

Lent begins March 6, and with it comes a net of fish fries at local churches, halls and restaurants. So whether you're fishing for perch or walleye, beer-battered or baked, we've got our hooks in 38 fish fries worth diving into. Plus, an interactive map that helps you find the closest fry. 

3 New Orleans-Inspired Recipes

Celebrate Mardi Gras in complete Bourbon Street fashion with help from chefs from Soho Chicken & Whiskey, Bourbon Street Barrel Room and Chow Chow Kitchen.

3 Tips For Making A King Cake

Wild Flour Bakery owner Sue Johansen walks us through the traditional treat.

3 Wines We Love At Flight Cleveland

Owner Lindsay Smith recommends these libations at her Gordon Square Arts District spot.

4 Fish Fry Sides We Love

We're all about the main catch, but we also love a good side game.

5 Cleveland Shepherd's Pies For St. Patrick's Day

Forget corned beef. These spots each have their own twist on the classic Irish dish. 

5 Fish You'll See On Local Menus

Euclid Fish Co.'s John Young tells us why each catches is so popular — and delicious.

Distill Table Goes Local On Ambitious Farm-To-Table Approach

The Lakewood restaurant's menu blends bar snacks, comfort dishes and Mediterranean options.

Fish Fry We Love: American Slovak Club

This Lorain gathering has been cooking up something good year-round, non-stop since 1956.

Fish Fry We Love: Donauschwaben's German-American Cultural Center

This Olmsted Falls spot serves an average of 1,100 people per night.

Fish Fry We Love: El Carnicero

This Latin-influenced fish fry in Lakewood offers a little more spice than the rest.

Fish Fry We Love: Firehouse Grille & Pub

Local beer-battered catch, killer sides and an all-you-can-eat menu keeps us daydreaming of this Willoughby Hills spot.

Fish Fry We Love: Georgetown

The upscale environment in Lakewood is welcoming to all fish fry fanatics.

Fish Fry We Love: Hansa Brewery

You didn't give up beer for Lent, right? Then head to this Ohio City brewery for a Friday night treat. 

Fish Fry We Love: Irish American Club

You'll get a side of live Irish and Celtic music with your dinner at the East Side club.

Fish Fry We Love: Larchmere Tavern

This fry is faith-backed but resides in a Shaker Heights restaurant.

Fish Fry We Love: Marta's

Marta Runza brings Czech tradition into her Euclid kitchen.

Fish Fry We Love: Slovenian National Home

The food is great, but the lively atmosphere at this fry keeps you coming back.

Fish Fry We Love: St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church

Born in Mississippi, Matt Matthews incorporates his Southern roots into these dishes.

Fish Fry We Love: St. Clarence

This church in North Olmsted aims to feed you good food and better friendships.

Fish Fry We Love: St. Colette

Escape the stress of modern age with this Brunswick spot that has stayed the same for 40 years.

Fish Fry We Love: St. Francis De Sales

A tradition that almost ended nine years ago now feeds about 650 guests per evening in Parma.

Fish Fry We Love: St. John Vianney

Done by professional caterers, this fried dinner in Mentor is a foodie's paradise.

Fish Fry We Love: St. Joseph

Move aside perch and cod. Salmon takes over the menu at this non-traditional fry in Avon Lake.

Fish Fry We Love: St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral

There's a line out the door of this Cleveland church as soon as they open, but it's worth the wait.

Fish Fry We Love: Sts. Constantine and Helen

Get the classics with a Greek twist at this Orthodox church in Cleveland Heights.

Fish Fry We Love: Thyme 2

The Medina fish fry proves fine-dining is far from pretentious.

Fish Fry We Love: Union House Bar & Restaurant

This year-round fry in Parma uses a secret recipe passed down from the original owners.

Gumbo Battle: Cajun Vs. Creole

We asked chefs from Bourbon Street Barrel Room and Soho Chicken & Whiskey for tips on making these two styles of gumbo.

How To Pour The Perfect Pint Of Guinness

Mullarkey's Irish Pub in Willoughby is Guiness Gold Certified to give you a great beer.

Inside Platform Beer Co.'s New Barrel Souring Facility

Phunkenship will allow the Ohio City brewery to experiment with bacteria and wild yeast to make sour brews.

Nomaste Cakes Makes Cheesecakes For Vegans

Lydia Dolsen started making the sweet treats for her daughter who was diagnosed with celiac disease.

Sauced Taproom & Kitchen Indulges Your Creative Cravings

The build-your-own menu gives you the ultimate foodie freedom.

Three Decades Of Fish Fries Bonds This Couple

Jim and Pat Lesnick, who have volunteered at St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church for 29 years, teach us a few lessons about giving back.

We Tried It: Platform Beer Co. Seltzer Series

The low-calorie seltzer trend hits Ohio City. 

What The Closing Of Trentina Really Means To Cleveland

Jonathon Sawyer's University Circle spot is gone after almost 5 years.

In the CLE

1974: Photographers Gather Around Fred Bottomer

The fearless photographers illuminated the humanity behind The Cleveland Press. 

Affogato Cat Cafe: 3 Things To Know

We take you inside the new coffee spot with adoptable kitties and a good cup of joe.

Can You Support A Local Cause Without Supporting Its Leaders?

A former supporter sat out of this year's Women's March Cleveland due to lack of transparency from its organizers.

Contrasting Colors Bring A Moreland Hills Abode To Life

Created by designer Dawn Cook, subdued hues and simple pops of color also lend a hand to its elegance.

Editor's Note: Let's Fry Together

Managing Editor Kim Schneider reflects on her love of the fish fry tradition and invites you to dive in with us.

Getting Lost In A Page Turner

From a young age reading with his parents, one writer has always found comfort in books.

Lauren Phillips Is Cleveland's First Female Firefighter Hired In 30 Years

Her hiring comes amidst an effort to hire more female firefighters.

Ocean-Inspired Hues Wash Over This Hunting Valley Home

The result is a calm, soothing vibe — and a huge mood, created by W Design.

Remember Tent City

The Akron homeless village was a safe space for those who resisted traditional shelters. Now that it's gone, advocate Sage Lewis is battling the city to help a struggling community on the brink of being forgotten.

Script Squabble: Is Cursive A Necessity?

After the state's new handwriting law, two experts chime in on longhand's importance.

Twitter Account We Love: @LtBakerMayfield

The tweets reimagine the stories of the Cleveland Browns in 19th century fashion.

Wanda Jones Reflects On Race For Common Pleas Court

The race made local and national headlines after being featured in season three of hit podcast Serial.

Entertainment

3 Classic CIFF Posters We Love

The annual posters are a work of art.

3 Pieces To Get You Ready For MOCA's Lee Mingwei Exhibit

The Taiwanese artist uses a unique approach that goes beyond the canvas. 

Belt Publishing Captures Midwest Stories That Defy Cliche

Anne Trubek explains why she helps reframe the Rust Belt narrative. Plus, we pick a few books from Belt's 2019 catalogue.

Dublin City Ramblers Kick Off St. Patrick's Day Season

Singer and musician Sean McGuinness shares insights from a balladeer's career ahead of his March 2 gig.

Jana Friess Volunteers For 40th CIFF

Before her 40th festival as a Cleveland International Film Festival volunteer, she takes us along on a flashback.

Niights Is Back With A Dark Sonic Reinvention

After more than three years, the alt-pop rock band returns with a new drummer and bassist.

The Fallout Dogs Of Pripyat

Fallout Dogs, which examines the life of canines just outside Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone, is on view at Spaces Gallery through March 22.

What's New At CIFF 2019?

The 43rd festival brings new awards, programs and locations.

At Home

10 Vintage Furniture Stores We Love

Find the perfect old-school decor at these spots.

5 Tips For Shopping Vintage

Old-school can be tough to shop, but Adam Hoover of Main Street Modern makes it a little easier.

A Lakeshore Home In Canton Brings Beach Life Indoors

With pops of deep-ocean blue and coastal teal, the experts at Laura of Pembroke reach peak sea vibes.

How To Refurbished Your Favorite Chair

Transform that treasured piece with these tips from VNTG Home.

This Hanging Wall Bar Is Peak '50s Vibes

All Things For You helps mix your next cocktail with this Danish Teak piece — guaranteed to become the focal point of any room. 

This Hudson Home Is A Master Class In Balancing Colors

The spunky, yet sophisticated, look, designed by Laura Yeager Smith, is just the inspo you need.

This Westlake Home Balances Bold And Subtle Colors

The lead designer at the House of L teaches us how to find a harmonious blend of beauty and comfort.

Style

3 Things To Know About Verdure Nail Salon

The nontoxic shop offers manis and pedis without the harsh chemicals.

Emily Roggenburk's One Of A Kind Fights Overconsumption Of Textiles

The clothing line is "Cleveland AF" and made from thrifted clothes.

Find Trendy Clothes Inside Pinecrest's Thread Boutique

Hard-to-find labels from Paris, New York and Los Angeles grace the racks of this women's boutique. 

Travel & Outdoors

Bob DiBiasio Wants Us To Rally Together

The Cleveland Indians senior vice president of public affairs headlines the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party March 27.

Michelle Obama's Best Moments Of 2018

We look at what the former First Lady was up to last year before her stop in Cleveland March 16.

Health

3 Tips For Better Sleep

Daylight saving time on March 10 kicks off Sleep Awareness Week.

Education

Ask the Experts: Getting The Most From Online Learning

Doug Bird of Lake Erie College says time management in key.

Ask The Experts: How Students Learn From Civic Engagement

Cuyahoga Community College's Matthew Jordan proposes more community involvement opportunities for students.

Ask The Experts: How To Choose A Quality School

Christine Fowler-Mack of Cleveland Metropolitan School District says culture is most important.

Ask The Experts: Learning A Second Language

Lake Ridge Academy Spanish teacher Michelle Waltz discusses how being bilingual makes students more accepting of other cultures.

Ask The Experts: Learning Sustainability

Ruffing Montessori's Martha Schubert thinks green initiatives make students more engaged.

Ask The Experts: Makerspaces Spark Creativity

Hawken School's Nick DiGiorgio speaks on the importance of collaboration when problem-solving.

Ask The Experts: Parents Role In The College Search

Margaret Appenheimer of Hathaway Brown School says parents should take the passenger seat.

Ask The Experts: The Benefits Of Nature-Based Learning

Darci Sanders of Gilmour Academy thinks we should take learning outside.

Ask The Experts: The Importance Of Multicultural Curriculum

Laurel School's Lauren Calig on why we should start discussing culture at a young age.

Ask The Experts: What Qualities To Looks For In A College

University School's Jennifer Beros has tips for finding the best learning environment.

Collaborative Learning Teaches Skills Employers Want

Schools such as St. Joseph Academy and Laurel School find it unlocks real-life lessons and teaches idea-generating and problem-solving skills.

Shared Learning Goes Layers Deep

The practice from Hathaway Brown School and University School, which mixes all levels of learning, pushes students to step up, engage and experience real-life lessons.