Dozens of churches and community groups throughout south Louisiana serve fried fish plates every Friday during Lent. In New Orleans, participating churches within the Archdiocese of New Orleans include the following (visit www.arch-no.org for more locations):
• Holy Name of Mary (342 Oliver St.) serves fish, snap beans, French fries, coleslaw and potato salad from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 14, 21 & 28 and April 4, 11 & 18. Plates are $8.
• Our Lady of the Rosary (3368 Esplanade Ave.) serves fried fish, French fries, green beans and coleslaw from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 14. 21 & 28. Plates are $8.
• St. Mary of the Angels (3501 N. Miro St.) serves fish plates from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 14, 21 & 28 and April 4 & 11. Plates are $8.
• At Lace II (6940 Martin Drive, 504-243-5223; www.lacethegrandballroom.com) in New Orleans East, the tradition extends into late-night hours with DJ Captain Charles and, curiously, rum punch. Fried Fish Fridays are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and after 9 p.m., admission is $5. Fish plates and (a cup of rum punch) are $10.