There are two regular Fridays left in Lent, plus Good Friday. The new coronavirus is probably not enough to interfere with the deep attachment to fried fish on Lenten Fridays here in Cincinnati. Fish fries as social events aren’t possible. Of course, you can make tuna salad or broil some cod or eat vegetarian when you’re home. But that’s not fried fish, is it? Fortunately, many restaurants are still open for carryout and can supply you with fish and chips or a fish sandwich. Here are some of them. 

This is only a partial list to give you some ideas. Fried fish and french fries don’t travel super well, so I say get some close to where you live and get it home quick. Or eat in the car. 

I got a large order of English fish and chips from The Pub in Rookwood on a Tuesday. For some reason, my husband and I split a large order, which was silly since, of course, you want a whole order. Think of the large as regular and the wee as small.  The thick-cut fries did get a little soggy by the time it all got home, but the fish was quite good. It’s haddock, thinner than cod, but really flaky and moist, very much as you get it at a chipper in England. The smaller amount was a good excuse for following with their bread pudding and whisky sauce, with ice cream packed separately. P.S. Insider’s tip: If you love Nicholsons Pub’s fish and chips, which is a little different, you can get it at either of the Pubs, Rookwood or Crescent Springs. They do phone order, online order and you can pick it up or get DoorDash to bring it to you. 

DeSha’s, in Symnmes Township, which has the same owner as The Pubs, has fish and chips, too, with their own recipe. Call 513-247-9933 to order fish or anything else on their classic American menu. 

Baker’s Table in Newport is serving food to go Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., for every meal. They’re offering a menu adapted for the circumstances. It includes a fish and chips meal that looks very good. They want you to order online. They’ll put your order on a table in the vestibule, you walk in and grab it, so there’s no contact. They are also baking bread and selling wine. 

Velvet Smoke is a barbecue restaurant, but they do fish sandwiches on Fridays. It’s pickup only. In its Harrison store, they’re working on getting a drive-thru open. The White Oak store is a pickup-only restaurant anyway, but the Crescent Springs location is not doing pickup for now. Harrison: 513-367-5227, White Oak: 513-620-8327.

Frisch’s has a well-known fish sandwich that’s a tradition. It’s available for pickup, drive-thru and delivery. And you can order certain groceries from Frisch’s market and include them in your order. 

The Greyhound Tavern in Fort Mitchell has a fried cod sandwich that makes it onto a lot of “best” lists, along with its fried chicken and a complete Southern menu. It is open for curbside carryout from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 859-331-3767.

Tousey House Tavern in Burlington is also open for carryout. Call to order, give your credit card info, then pull up in front and they’ll run it out to you. They have both a cod dinner and a cod sandwich on their limited menu. Look for it on their Facebook page. Get some half-price wine bottles while you’re at it. 859-586-9900.

Arthur’s Cafe in Hyde Park and Anderson has a Lenten menu that you can order for carryout. It includes fish and chips, its cod sandwich, mahi tacos and a couple of vegetarian items. Look at the website or Facebook for the menu, Call to order: 513-871-5543.

Bonefish Grill is open for curbside carryout and delivery with DoorDash and UberEats. So you can get its fish and chips made with cod for dinner. Monday-Friday or lunch and dinner on the weekends. It has lots of other seafood, including wood-grilled. It has three locations: Hyde Park, Crescent Springs and West Chester. 

Washington Platform, Downtown, has a limited menu for pickup to go; and it includes its fish sandwich and an oyster po’ boy. Alas, it has canceled the Oyster Festival this year. 

Here are a couple of places where you won’t be able to get fish or fish sandwiches this Lent. They have closed for the duration:   

  • Pelican’s Reef in Anderson.
  • Fiery Hen, Downtown. 

Other restaurants that have decided not to offer carryout:  

Parker’s Blue Ash Grill, Velvet Smoke in Crescent Springs, Bibimbop, Trio, Embers, Branch, Please, Agave and Rye, Cooper’s Hawk, Rodizio Grill, Nicholson’s, Bakersfield, The Eagle, Pepp and Dolores.

More pandemic restaurant coverage from Polly:

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• Food for a pandemic: Carryout comfort food to carry us through

• With restaurants closed, what happens to all that surplus food?

• With no dine-in, Cincinnati restaurants get creative with takeout

• Local restaurants faced with impossible choices amid coronavirus pandemic

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