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18 Excellent Fish Fry Friday Restaurant Specials in New Orleans

The popular Lenten special is all over town

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Whether for Lent or just because, eating fried fish on Friday is always a good idea. Many of these restaurants are participating in the statewide Fish Fry Fridays campaign, with $1 per order going to benefit local hospitality workers. Fried seafood is a thing year-round in New Orleans, but between now and Easter, we especially celebrate the finny filet. While churches are the classic option and often the best value for a plate, this guide focuses on the city’s restaurants serving up particularly enticing riffs on the special. All available for takeout, dine-in, and sometimes delivery.

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1. Rosemary & Roux

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208 Tullulah Ave
River Ridge, LA 70123
(504) 405-3236
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Chef Katie Cox opened Rosemary & Roux in October 2019, her first brick and mortar spot after being an onsite caterer for a decade. She’s frying up fish platters for $10.99, crispy gulf fish paired with hand cut fries and a marinated cucumber, tomato, and red onion salad. If her gumbo is on the menu, order it — it’s three days in the making and loaded with smoked turkey, chicken, and sausage.

2. Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop

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2309 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 835-2022
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Chef Ron’s is known for gumbo and rightly so, it’s award winning and downhome cooking. But his fried fish is also great, crispy catfish served with a choice of sides for $16.99. Tough choice since options include red beans, jambalaya, mustard greens, and cheesy mac.

3. The Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery

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3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 766-6157
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If it’s Fridays at The Larder, it’s fried fresh catch family meal day. The cool gourmet market and eatery, opened by chefs Alison Vega-Knoll and Chris Wilson a few months back, is offering a daily family meal to feed three to four people, with prices between $50 and $100. The Friday menu is $60 for pecan crusted catfish, roasted sweet potatoes, haricot verts, with shrimp and mirliton soup to start and lemon bars for the finale. 

4. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

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741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 266-2810
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Picnic is well known for amazing fried chicken, but the fried fish is delicious as well. Fridays it’s fried catfish for $12, served with Cajun potato salad and sugarcane slaw. The outdoor dining scene is super chill here, and both kid and pet friendly. Open Wednesday through Sunday, happy hour is between 3 and 7 p.m. with $6 cocktails, $2 beers, and $5 bubbles.

5. Saba

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5757 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 324-7770
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Chef Alon Shaya and his team at Saba deliver bright Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors in every bite. Fridays it’s a whole fried local fish ($52) served with confit tomatoes and fresh herb salad. Order to-go or eat in, there’s a lovely sidewalk open air cafe available.

6. Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar

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231 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 609-3871
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With a menu that stretches from the low country to Cajun country, Brown Butter marries tradition with the chefs’ modern takes on homestyle Southern cuisine. Fridays feature a mustard fried fish ($16) with hand cut fries, green chili hushpuppies, black eyed pea salad, and pecan cane slaw.

Maybe the smoked fish dip to start?

7. Toups Meatery

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845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 252-4999
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Toup’s Meatery is offering a Friday chef’s lunch ($23) that features a beer battered fried fish sandwich with carrot and cabbage slaw, hushpuppies on the side. As long as you haven’t given up booze for lent, the price includes a local beer to wash it all down.

8. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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When the smoke clears at Blue Oak on Fridays, order up a Southern style fried catfish sammy dressed with tartar sauce, pickles, pickled onions, lettuce, and fresh dill for $15. If you’re eating meat, start with the loaded BBQ nachos — outstanding.

9. The Avenue Pub

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1732 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 586-9243
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Polly Watts runs a welcoming pub and eatery that’s been in her family for decades. Order Avenue’s beer battered codfish and chips on Fridays for $13, served with house made fries and cucumber salad. Another special is her Cajun “lobster” roll, made with smoked shrimp tossed in a Cajun spiced cream cheese dressing and served on a warm buttered roll, split at the top, naturally.

10. Lula Restaurant Distillery

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1532 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 267-7624
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Lula, the first restaurant and distillery in the state, offers plates of crispy fried gulf fish ($22) with

with Israeli couscous, seasonal grilled veggies, with a drizzle of lemon beurre blanc studded with fried capers. The restaurant’s smart menu offers lots of creative takes on the usual — cheesy crawfish queso with smoked poblanos served with wonton chips is a case in point.

11. Tsunami Sushi

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New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 608-3474
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How about a Japanese take on the usual, which is what’s on the menu at Tsunami on St. Charles Avenue. Try their Sapporo tempura battered catch of the day for $12, served with house made nori chips and wasabi tartar sauce. Ask about their home sushi kits for tons of family fun. 

12. Carmo

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527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 875-4132
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Carmo has pivoted successfully for the past year, offering curbside to go since the pandemic first hit. Now with dine-in, outside seating, pickup and delivery as options, this tropical oasis of healthful options and global flavors is serving fresh fried beer and cider battered gulf fish with fried onions and house-cut potatoes, $19.

13. Red Fish Grill

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115 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 598-1200
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Of course they’re frying up red fish at the Red Fish Grille, served with crawfish mac and cheese, butter-braised green beans, and pickled mirliton remoulade for $26 — or $21 for same with catfish. Order online and pick up behind sister restaurant Ralph’s on the Park on Dumaine Street.

14. Pêche Seafood Grill

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800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-1744
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Peche does seafood right and Friday fish fry is no exception. Dinner for four ($80) includes a whole fried fish, served with brabant potatoes and kumquat slaw. Order online or by phone in advance to be on the safe side. The fish changes weekly, and might be redfish, flounder or snapper.

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15. GW Fins

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808 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-3467
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The seafood is always stellar at GW Fins with chef Michael Nelson always setting a high bar. Fridays he does up beer battered speckled trout ($18) with a side of thick cut fries. Beyond ketchup, there’s a Meyer lemon tartar, Creole mustard cream, and spicy Korean aioli for dipping.

16. Desire Oyster Bar

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300 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 553-2281
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The Royal Sonesta’s Desire Oyster Bar on Bourbon turns it up to 11 with crazy Cajun catfish every Friday for $26. The marinated fish is blackened and then cornmeal crusted and deep fried, served over a bed of bacon cheddar grits. It’s all topped with crawfish etouffee, Southern greens on the side.

17. Legacy Kitchen Craft Tavern

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700 Tchoupitoulas St #3612
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 613-2350
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The welcome pairing of fried gulf shrimp and thin crispy catfish is a winner at Legacy Kitchen Craft Tavern on Tchoup. The $26 platter includes a mound of fries and toasted garlic bread a small house salad on the side. Brunch is served at this homey spot every day until noon and beignets are on the menu all day, every day.

18. Nonno's Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

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2025 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 354-1364
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Nonno’s chef Shermond Esteen Jr. fries up platters of catfish for the bargain price of $10 and he always sells out. Call to pre-order just in case. Plates include potato salad, peas, and mac and cheese — along with his secret ingredient, plenty of love.

1. Rosemary & Roux

208 Tullulah Ave, River Ridge, LA 70123

Chef Katie Cox opened Rosemary & Roux in October 2019, her first brick and mortar spot after being an onsite caterer for a decade. She’s frying up fish platters for $10.99, crispy gulf fish paired with hand cut fries and a marinated cucumber, tomato, and red onion salad. If her gumbo is on the menu, order it — it’s three days in the making and loaded with smoked turkey, chicken, and sausage.

208 Tullulah Ave
River Ridge, LA 70123

2. Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop

2309 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA 70001

Chef Ron’s is known for gumbo and rightly so, it’s award winning and downhome cooking. But his fried fish is also great, crispy catfish served with a choice of sides for $16.99. Tough choice since options include red beans, jambalaya, mustard greens, and cheesy mac.

2309 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70001

3. The Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery

3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

If it’s Fridays at The Larder, it’s fried fresh catch family meal day. The cool gourmet market and eatery, opened by chefs Alison Vega-Knoll and Chris Wilson a few months back, is offering a daily family meal to feed three to four people, with prices between $50 and $100. The Friday menu is $60 for pecan crusted catfish, roasted sweet potatoes, haricot verts, with shrimp and mirliton soup to start and lemon bars for the finale. 

3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002

4. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

741 State St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Picnic is well known for amazing fried chicken, but the fried fish is delicious as well. Fridays it’s fried catfish for $12, served with Cajun potato salad and sugarcane slaw. The outdoor dining scene is super chill here, and both kid and pet friendly. Open Wednesday through Sunday, happy hour is between 3 and 7 p.m. with $6 cocktails, $2 beers, and $5 bubbles.

741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118

5. Saba

5757 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Chef Alon Shaya and his team at Saba deliver bright Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors in every bite. Fridays it’s a whole fried local fish ($52) served with confit tomatoes and fresh herb salad. Order to-go or eat in, there’s a lovely sidewalk open air cafe available.

5757 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar

231 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

With a menu that stretches from the low country to Cajun country, Brown Butter marries tradition with the chefs’ modern takes on homestyle Southern cuisine. Fridays feature a mustard fried fish ($16) with hand cut fries, green chili hushpuppies, black eyed pea salad, and pecan cane slaw.

Maybe the smoked fish dip to start?

231 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Toups Meatery

845 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Toup’s Meatery is offering a Friday chef’s lunch ($23) that features a beer battered fried fish sandwich with carrot and cabbage slaw, hushpuppies on the side. As long as you haven’t given up booze for lent, the price includes a local beer to wash it all down.

845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

When the smoke clears at Blue Oak on Fridays, order up a Southern style fried catfish sammy dressed with tartar sauce, pickles, pickled onions, lettuce, and fresh dill for $15. If you’re eating meat, start with the loaded BBQ nachos — outstanding.

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. The Avenue Pub

1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Polly Watts runs a welcoming pub and eatery that’s been in her family for decades. Order Avenue’s beer battered codfish and chips on Fridays for $13, served with house made fries and cucumber salad. Another special is her Cajun “lobster” roll, made with smoked shrimp tossed in a Cajun spiced cream cheese dressing and served on a warm buttered roll, split at the top, naturally.

1732 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Lula Restaurant Distillery

1532 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Lula, the first restaurant and distillery in the state, offers plates of crispy fried gulf fish ($22) with

with Israeli couscous, seasonal grilled veggies, with a drizzle of lemon beurre blanc studded with fried capers. The restaurant’s smart menu offers lots of creative takes on the usual — cheesy crawfish queso with smoked poblanos served with wonton chips is a case in point.

1532 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Tsunami Sushi

Pan American - 601 Poydras Street Ste B St. Charles & Poydras (enter on, St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

How about a Japanese take on the usual, which is what’s on the menu at Tsunami on St. Charles Avenue. Try their Sapporo tempura battered catch of the day for $12, served with house made nori chips and wasabi tartar sauce. Ask about their home sushi kits for tons of family fun. 

Pan American - 601 Poydras Street Ste B St. Charles & Poydras (enter on, St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Carmo

527 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Carmo has pivoted successfully for the past year, offering curbside to go since the pandemic first hit. Now with dine-in, outside seating, pickup and delivery as options, this tropical oasis of healthful options and global flavors is serving fresh fried beer and cider battered gulf fish with fried onions and house-cut potatoes, $19.

527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Red Fish Grill

115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Of course they’re frying up red fish at the Red Fish Grille, served with crawfish mac and cheese, butter-braised green beans, and pickled mirliton remoulade for $26 — or $21 for same with catfish. Order online and pick up behind sister restaurant Ralph’s on the Park on Dumaine Street.

115 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Pêche Seafood Grill

800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Peche does seafood right and Friday fish fry is no exception. Dinner for four ($80) includes a whole fried fish, served with brabant potatoes and kumquat slaw. Order online or by phone in advance to be on the safe side. The fish changes weekly, and might be redfish, flounder or snapper.

800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. GW Fins

808 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

The seafood is always stellar at GW Fins with chef Michael Nelson always setting a high bar. Fridays he does up beer battered speckled trout ($18) with a side of thick cut fries. Beyond ketchup, there’s a Meyer lemon tartar, Creole mustard cream, and spicy Korean aioli for dipping.

808 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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16. Desire Oyster Bar

300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Royal Sonesta’s Desire Oyster Bar on Bourbon turns it up to 11 with crazy Cajun catfish every Friday for $26. The marinated fish is blackened and then cornmeal crusted and deep fried, served over a bed of bacon cheddar grits. It’s all topped with crawfish etouffee, Southern greens on the side.

300 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Legacy Kitchen Craft Tavern

700 Tchoupitoulas St #3612, New Orleans, LA 70130

The welcome pairing of fried gulf shrimp and thin crispy catfish is a winner at Legacy Kitchen Craft Tavern on Tchoup. The $26 platter includes a mound of fries and toasted garlic bread a small house salad on the side. Brunch is served at this homey spot every day until noon and beignets are on the menu all day, every day.

700 Tchoupitoulas St #3612
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. Nonno's Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

2025 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Nonno’s chef Shermond Esteen Jr. fries up platters of catfish for the bargain price of $10 and he always sells out. Call to pre-order just in case. Plates include potato salad, peas, and mac and cheese — along with his secret ingredient, plenty of love.

2025 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

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