Friday Food Idea: 11 Places To Eat Seafood In Memphis During Lent

Friday Lunch Idea: 10 Places To Eat Seafood In Memphis During Lent

Whether you're observing the no-red-meat-on-Fridays rule for Lent, or you're just looking for some tasty lunch on Fridays, here are eight restaurants in Memphis the serve up a seafood-friendly Friday lunch.

Where's your favorite place for seafood in town, on Fridays or otherwise? Let me know in the comments.

Calvary Waffle Shop

Since 1928, the Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis has sold lunch in their basement on weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. This year, it's every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch, plus 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Wed. nights. Try out this Memphis tradition this year—their seafood staples are fish pudding and shrimp mousse, but they also have waffles, chicken salad, tomato aspic, and lots of daily specials Read more. 

Seafood At Paramount

If you’re going all out, head to Paramount downtown. They have a Southern-Cajun-American fusion menu, which means plenty of seafood including crab beignets, smoked salmon dip, and a grilled fish sandwich. For dinner, they offer a Cajun-spiced red fish and fried oysters on fried green tomatoes. See the menus and make reservations.

fish with veggies

Fish 'n' Chips at Celtic Crossing 

You might think of Celtic Crossing Irish Pub as a place for pints, brunch, or late night shenanigans, but the restaurant (which has been non-smoking for a few years now) offers up some great lunch specials. They of course have the Irish and Lenten favorite, fish 'n' chips. They're in Cooper Young at 903 S. Cooper. Read more about Celtic's Irish brunch here.

Lobster & Shrimp Bruschetta at The Half Shell

The Half Shell offers rotating weekly specials at each location that you can check out here. One week (just as an example) a few of the specials are Ahi Tuna Tostadas pecan-crusted catfish, coconut-crusted Mahi, and etouffee salmon cakes. They have two locations: 688 S. Mendenhall in East Memphis and 7825 Winchester in Southwind.

While you can have pretty much any seafood you can think of (including oysters prepared any way you like) let me give you an appetizer suggestion: the lobster and shrimp bruschetta is a longtime Half Shell favorite, with lobster meat and shrimp tossed in a mayo-based Cajun dressing, served with toasted bread.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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lobster Roll at Cousins Maine Lobster

The new food truck that's drawing a crowd and crazy lines all over town can be found on Fridays with lobster in many forms: rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches, tacos, and even on tots. Check out this locally-owned chain's truck at various spots (their schedule is here). My favorite was the Connecticut roll, with tender steamed lobster on a buttered roll, served warm. It's a splurge, but it's worth it at least once.

catfish plate at The genre

The Genre downtown opened in 2021, and they're serving up giant fried catfish filets for lunch with your choice of sauces. I went for the Cajun Hot on the side, but you can go Honey Gold, Lemon Pepper, or whatever you like. Check out the video to learn more about The Genre:

Kingston Fish Stew at Evelyn & Olive

Evelyn & Olive is an underrated Edge District favorite, serving Jamaican-Southern fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner. While I do love the unique flavors of the tofu-black-bean tacos (an option if you're doing meatless Fridays but aren't into seafood), the Kingston Fish Stew will hit the spot for Friday lunch. Evelyn & Olive is located at 630 Madison Ave., and you can read more about it here.

catfish at Soul Fish

Get your catfish grilled, blackened or fried at Soul Fish's four locations around town. Get a platter with greens and mac 'n' cheese, get em in tacos, get fish on poboys, on salad, basically any way you want! You can find Soul Fish in Cooper Young, East Memphis, and Germantown. Read more about Soul Fish here.

catfish platter

Grilled Fish Platter at Flying Fish

Downtown's Flying Fish has a special place in my heart: it's casual, dependable, healthy, and the walls are covered in (thankfully muted) Billy Bass talking fish. While you need to try for the fish tacos at some point, I like the platter because you can choose your fish and get super healthy veggie sides that will cancel out the inevitable hush puppies. Read more about Flying Fish here and here.

Fried Shrimp Po-boy from Fresh Gulf Shrimp

One of the OG Memphis food trucks, Fresh Gulf Shrimp was started in 2012 by Jacqueline Johnson. She's brought us fried-to-order shrimp delivered straight from the Gulf since then. The menu varies, but there are usually poboy and platter options, sometimes grilled options, fries, oysters, or catfish. You can find her in the food court at Oak Court Mall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fish & shrimp Tacos at Babalu

Babalu serves tuna tacos, grilled shrimp tacos, and plenty of other seafood-friendly small plates. They have two locations: 6450 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis and in Overton Square in midtown. Read more about Babalu here.


Babalu grilled shrimp taco. Photo courtesy of Babalu.

I'm hungry now. Gonna go find some fish. Where else has great seafood in Memphis? Let us know in the comments.

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Beth Brock
Amerigo serves Lake’s Catfish on their Catfish Friday’s! Earl Lake can be found selling his awesome catfish at the Memphis Farmers Market beginning in April when the market opens. His catfish is delish! ❤️
March 15, 2019 12:43pm
Ali Butler

You forgot that Soul fish has a 4th location near Wolfchase.

March 9, 2022 9:48pm