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Stop by a local Black-owned restaurant this Lent season.

In the 40-day season of Lent, Cincinnati’s Black-owned restaurants emerge as ideal destinations for people observing Friday fish traditions. The variety caters to the season’s spirit and supports the local community with options from fried, steamed, and grilled seafood. Fish entrees can be paired with pasta, potatoes, spinach, soups, and more flavorful sides.

Embrace the tradition of fish Fridays by exploring the culinary delights of the local Black-owned eateries listed below. 

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Cincinnati Black-owned restaurants serving fish and other seafood meals on Fridays during Lent

Alabama Que

Smoked salmon

2733 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219 (Clifton/Corryville)
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Chef Nem Kitchen 

Crispy fried shrimp and fries, shrimp quesadilla, shrimp salad, shrimp specialty combo, lobster and shrimp alfredo 
3305 Reading Road, 45229 (Avondale) 
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Dats Ole School Cookin

Fried and baked whiting and tilapia  
Under $20 
1719 Elm Street, 45202 (OTR) 
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Divine Appetite Cafe and Catering 

Tilapia filet, cod fish 
8982 Cincinnati Columbus Road, 45069 (West Chester) 
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Flavors of the Isle Jamaican Cuisine 

Deep fried catfish 
1807 Elm Street, 45202 (OTR) 
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Goodie’s Southern-Style BBQ 

Tilapia, catfish, whiting 
7440 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45231 (Mt. Healthy) 
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Island Frydays 

Fish sandwich combo, whiting fish combo 
2826 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219 (Clifton) 
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J&W Bar-B-Que Restaurant 

Whiting sandwich and meal
3001 Gilbert Avenue, 45206 (Walnut Hills) 
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Just Cookin BBQ 

Ocean perch, catfish fillets, fried cod, steelhead trout (fried or grilled), fried whiting, grilled salmon, and salmon croquettes.  
1144 California Avenue, 45237 (Bond Hill) 
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Lent Fish Fridays
Observe Lent Fridays with seafood options at Cincinnati Black-owned Restaurants.

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Mango’s Tropical Oasis  

Sushi, fried fish, fish sandwiches, tuna melt, fried lobster, shrimp quesadilla, spicy shrimp tacos, shrimp and grits, crab legs, etc.  
12183 Springfield Pike, 45246 (Springdale) 
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Mz. Jade’s Soul Food 

Crab, fish sandwich, fried fish dinner, salmon patties, shrimp hibachi 
1131 Central Avenue, 45044 (Middletown) 
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Park Place Restaurant 

Cod, whiting, salmon, salmon croquettes 
1185 Kemper Meadow Drive #4118, 45240 (Forest Park) 
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Soul Secrets 

Fried whiting and catfish ($12 Lent special), salmon croquettes, fish sandwich 
1434 Vine Street, 45202 (Downtown/Over-the-Rhine) 
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Southern Grace Eats

Fried fish, fried shrimp, salmon croquettes
3751 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45212 (Evanston)
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During Lent, many Black Christians participate in fasting, prayer, and reflection as part of a spiritual journey. The Lenten season allows all to draw closer to God. Christians abstain from eating meat on Fridays, except fish, to commemorate the sacrifice of Jesus. Fish is considered a simple and humble food that does not break abstinence. 

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