Mar 15, 2024 - Food and Drink

Algiers Point Knights of Columbus makes a great Lenten fish fry

Two stryrofoam clamshells sit on a wooden tabletop. A small case of flowers sits off to the side, and the clamshells are filled with fried fish and shrimp with fries, tubs of sauce, coleslaw and green beans. Two bags of cookies and fudge also sit on the table.

The Knights of Columbus in Algiers Point offer Lenten fish fry plates with fish, shrimp or a combo. Photo: Chelsea Brasted/Axios

On a recent rainy, miserable Friday, I braved the weather to brighten my household's mood by getting my hands on a couple of fried fish plates from the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1724 in New Orleans' Algiers Point.

Dig in: This neighborhood KoC hall is everything you want out of your Lenten fish fry.

  • The menu is simple. You've got a choice between fish ($15), shrimp ($16) or a combo ($17), and every plate comes with French fries, green beans, cole slaw, a slice of bread and a small tub each of cocktail and tartar sauce.
  • Plus, there's a table at the front of homemade sweet treats sold by donation.

What I ordered: I always love the shrimp plate here because the seasoning is pitch-perfect, and the serving size generous.

  • And you bet I didn't pass up that dessert table, where I picked up sandwich bags of homemade fudge and a trio of chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Reese's peanut butter cups.

If you go: Service was brisk on the rainy night I visited, but my usual experience has been to expect a wait of around 10 minutes.

  • But that usually goes by quickly because the hall is located in a converted historic home, and the folding tables and chairs in the front rooms are filled with neighbors catching up over styrofoam clamshells filled with their own hot, fresh fish and shrimp.
  • The fish fry runs every Friday through Lent, from 5pm to 8pm, at 342 Olivier St.
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