Fish Fridays: Where to find fish sandwiches during Lent

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Lent is the annual period of Christian observance that precedes Easter.

The dates of Lent are defined by the date of Easter, which is a moveable feast, meaning that it falls on a different date each year.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, and its observance lasts for 40 days, excluding Sundays.

During this six-week period of fasting, fish fare is prevalent on Fridays leading up to Easter, a time when some Catholics abstain from meat. 

Here are some limited-time menu items available at participating locations compiled by USA TODAY.

Make sure to check with a location near you to make sure they are participating. 

Arby’s: For a limited time, get two fish sandwiches for $5.

Boston Market: For a limited time on Fridays, the chain has a Baked Cod meal. 

Burger KingBig Fish sandwiches are now included in the chain’s two for $6 mix or match special for a limited time. Options include: Whopper, Crispy Chicken, Spicy Crispy Chicken and the Big Fish Sandwich.

Chick-fil-AThe chicken chain’s Fish Sandwich is on sale now at select restaurants until April 20, the day before Easter. The starting price is $3.55.

ChipotleThe fast-casual Mexican chain has expanded its Lifestyle Bowls with meatless “plant-powered” options. Plant-Powered bowls are the first extensions in the brand’s Lifestyle Bowl offering, which launched earlier this year with Keto, Paleo, Whole30 and double protein diet-approved menu options, the company said in a statement.

Dairy QueenWild Alaskan Pollock Sandwich and Popcorn Shrimp Basket are “back for the season,” the chain says on its website.

Del TacoFor a limited time, get two of Del Taco’s Beer Battered Fish Tacos for $4 at locations nationwide. Price and participation may vary by location.

El Pollo Loco: The chain has shrimp specials like shrimp tacos and shrimp and avocado enchilada platters.

McDonald’sThe Filet-O-Fish is available daily at the fast-food chain.

Morton’s The Steakhouse: For a limited time on every Friday during Lent, Morton’s is offering Twin Lobster Tails for $39. Reservations are required, and the offer is available from 5 p.m. to close Fridays through April 12.

Nathan’s FamousThe new grouper sandwich is available at participating locations, for a limited time.

Noodles & Company: Zucchini Shrimp Scampi and Penne Rosa with shrimp are two limited-time options.

Panda ExpressWok-Fired Shrimp is available for a limited time and the “lent-approved dish marries seared premium shrimp and fresh cut vegetables together in a sweet, savory,” the company said.

PopeyesFor a limited time, get a $5 Southern Butterfly Shrimp meal, which comes with eight butterfly shrimp “marinated in traditional Louisiana seasonings.”

QuiznosLobster and seafood subs are back for a limited time.

Red Lobster: Lobsterfest is back for a limited time and the seafood chain has its largest selection of lobster dishes available all year. Also for a limited time on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., get the Ultimate Lobster Roll and Bisque for $15.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Starting March 6 and through Easter, the Italian restaurant chain will have a Fresh Catch menu with two fish dishes: the Italian Fish Fry for $20, which is beer battered sole, shrimp and calamari, and the Grilled Fish Feast, a mahi-mahi filet, served with shrimp and scallop spiedini for $25.

Wendy’s: The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is back for a limited time and starts at $3.99.

Wienerschnitzel: Fish ‘n Chips are available for the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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