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KARE 11 staff's favorite Friday fish fry spots

As Lent starts, KARE 11 is bringing back some top staff picks.
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — With Lent starting, many in Minnesota are looking for new places for a classic fried fish dinner. 

KARE 11 is bringing back our top staff picks -- but with most churches putting a halt on their Lenten fish fries to keep parishioners safe from COVID-19, the list is shorter this year.

Plus, many restaurants that usually do a buffet-style dinner are switching to other modes of service to help limit COVID-19 spread. 

Here are 11 of the KARE 11's staff's favorite Minnesota restaurants serving fried fish:

The Wild Boar Bar and Grill in Oakdale

  • All you can eat fish fry every Friday. Cod fish served with fries, coleslaw and potato salad for $12.99.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • 950 Helena Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128.

Bison Creek Bar & Dining

  • Usually, Bison Creek Bar & Dining holds a buffet-style fundraising event on Lenten Fridays. This year, though, they're switching to regular plates due to COVID-19.
  • $11 per person ($8/child ages 10 and under)
  • Fish, Potatoes, Chicken Strips, Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Breadsticks
  • 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 1207 MN-25, Buffalo, MN 55313
  • Every Friday during Lent. 

The Valley Bar & Grill

  • This restaurant's buffet-style special has also closed due to COVID-19. Instead, they're giving customers a choice between 2-piece, 3-piece, and complete fish dinners year-round on Friday evenings. 
  • Dinner is from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  but lunch specials are available from 11:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • W10299 U.S. 10, Prescott, Wis.

Busted Nut Bar and Grill

  • 2 pieces ($12.99) or 3 pieces ($14.99)
  • 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 118 2nd Street East Hastings, MN 55033
  • Fridays from Nov. 1 to May 1.

Sunshine Depot 

  • $11.95 per person
  • All you can eat, cod, fries and dinner roll.
  • 701 Main St NW, Elk River, MN 55330
  • Year-round every Friday open to close.

Fireside Lounge

  • Fish lunch special - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dinner - 5 p.m. to close - all-you-can-eat fish for 12.99
  • 1288 S Robert St, West St Paul, MN 55118
  • Fridays, year-round

Stein Haus

  • All you can eat Icelandic cod with choice of side and garlic toast $14.95
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 101 Main St W, Vermillion, MN 55085
  • Fridays, year-round

Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

  • Cod, walleye, halibut in different quantities and price ranges.
  • 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • 1330 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
  • Monday through Saturday

Randy's Gluten-free Pizzeria

  • Curbside pickup only, gluten-free fried fish
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or as supplies last
  • 6030 50th Street N, Suite #4 Oakdale, MN 55128
  • Fridays

Obb's Sports Bar and Grill

  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • All you can eat fish fry, $14.45
  • 1347 Burns Ave. St. Paul, MN 55106
  • Fridays

Dan's Bar and Grill

  • 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with the Lenten Fish Fry menu available from 4-9 p.m.
  • All you can eat fish fry $16.95, with other offerings on the Lent menu
  • 8485 240th Street East, New Trier MN 55031
  • Fridays in Lent