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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 15th 2019 4654 0

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

Celtic Crossing Fish ‘n’ Chips

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

Fish 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, and you can always find their monthly drink and taco specials on the blog’s calendar.

Babalu grilled shrimp taco. Photo courtesy of Babalu.

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, 2019 St. Patrick’s day fun here, and more menu items 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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Shrimp & Grits at Mardi Gras Memphis

Head over to Mardi Gras Memphis for all of your New Orleans-inspired seafood favorites: poboys, gumbo, etouffee, crawfish boils, and more. For meat-free Fridays, one option is to go for their shrimp and grits. Mardi Gras is located in Crosstown, across the street from the Concourse at 496 N. Watkins. Check out their full menu here.


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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 for $16, but it’s worth it at least once.

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.

Fish Tacos at Soul Fish

Get ’em grilled, blackened or fried at Soul Fish’s three locations around town. They’re big tacos, too. If you want to branch out, they have fried catfish platters, and seafood poboys. You can find Soul Fish in Cooper Young, East Memphis, and Germantown. Read more about Soul Fish here.

Red Fish Lamar at Elwood’s Shell’s

Here’s a new option: go for lunch at Elwood’s Shells, a spin-off of the beloved Elwood Shack located at 916 S. Cooper St. in Cooper Young. Almost their entire lunch/dinner menu is Lent-friendly, but let me recommend the Red Fish Lamar, which comes topped with shrimp and Lobster in a brown butter sauce and herb mushroom risotto on the side. Read more about Elwood’s Shell’s here.

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 Food Truck

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 the food truck around Memphis and the Mid-South (check out the schedule here) or in the new location in the food court at Oak Court Mall.


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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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  1. Beth Brock says:

    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! ❤️

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