Feb 23, 2024 - Food and Drink

Knights of Columbus serve up tasty fish and desserts for Lent at St. Ann in Metairie

Photo shows the food line at St. Ann Catholic School for the Friday night fish fry.

St. Ann has a rotating menu during its Friday night fish fries. Last week, it had fish plates, gumbo and mac & cheese. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

It's the season of Friday night fish fries, and the Knights of Columbus at St. Ann Church & Shrine in Metairie are doing it up right.

Why it matters: Many Louisianans swap meat for fish on Fridays during Lent, and the church events provide a way to get dinner and socialize.

Driving the news: The Knights of Columbus Council 3465 alternates with the St. Ann Men's Club for providing the weekly meals.

  • They average about 300 meals on Fridays, says Mike Gauthier with Knights of Columbus.

What I ordered: Fish plate ($12) with gumbo ($7) and multiple desserts ($1 each).

  • The fish plate came with boiled potatoes, corn on the cob and slices of French bread. The gumbo was shrimp and okra.

Zoom in: The fish fry starts at 6pm. There are drive-thru and dine-in options, depending on the week. The menu changes weekly too.

  • They also sell beer and wine by the glass if you dine in. Bring cash.
Photo shows a fried fish plate with boiled potatoes and corn on the cob.
The fish plate comes with two pieces of thick catfish, boiled potatoes, corn on the cob and slices of French bread. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows the inside of the cafeteria at St. Ann in Metairie.
The cafeteria at St. Ann in Metairie has long rows of tables so you can sit and eat your meal. Parishioners are encouraged to sit and socialize, volunteers say. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows five women standing behind tables laden with their homemade baked goods.
We love a church bake sale. All these goodies were a dollar each. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows a man holding a bottle of wine at the St. Ann fish fry in Metairie.
Wine is sold for $3 per glass at St. Ann in Metairie during the Friday night fish fries. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows three men working the ticket table at St. Ann.
When you get to the fish fry, you go to this table, pay them for what you want and they'll give you tickets to place your order on the food line. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

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