By Erika Weber-Broody
For Linglestown Gazette
If you are part of the pack that fasts on Fridays during Lent, you are no stranger to the traditional fish fry. There seem to be countless options across central Pennsylvania to indulge, including a good spot right here in Lower Paxton Township.
Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church at 6190 Allentown Blvd. opens its doors on Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., welcoming hungry folks for what I call a bargain price based on a quick internet search of other local spots offering similar grub.
My husband and I both went with the standard $8 option after a short wait in line, which is a choice of battered cod or baked tilapia along with technically three sides. We both opted for roasted red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and apple sauce. Other options included green beans, corn, macaroni and cheese, french fries, or fruit cocktail. The portions were generous and absolutely delicious. We hope to make it back again.
On top of great food, there’s great, friendly service. Volunteers are busy in the kitchen and in the dining area, quickly busing and cleaning spaces to make sure there’s always a place setting ready for the next hungry guest.
Each week the church also offers a featured dish. This coming week, March 2, diners can select a $13 option of crab-stuffed flounder. The standard meal price of $8 is for those 13 and older. Kids ages 6-12 are just $5, and kids under 5 eat for free according to the church’s website.
So, if you are craving some seafood on Friday stay local and give a good traditional fish fry a try. The dinners run at Holy Name Fridays through March 23.