The Pittsburgh Fish Fry Map is back! Here’s your key to tasty, easy dinners.

Photos by Ted Anthony.

It’s that time of year again for Pittsburgh kids and their families: One fish, two fish, red fish … fried fish.

When the Catholic tradition of Lent comes around each year, the Pittsburgh area is brimming — swimming, even — with community fish fries administered on Fridays leading up to Easter by everyone from Catholic churches to nondenominational organizations like fire departments and social clubs.

There are dozens of them around the region, and this week the first fish fry locations will begin these tasty and affordable dinners on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14). How to find them? The 2024 Pittsburgh Lenten Fish Fry Map has you covered.

The entire map hasn’t been updated yet, but all of the locations that served fish last year are marked with addresses and details. And the postings on the map will likely be updated in the coming days, so keep on checking back.

A crowd gathers at St. Aidan’s for a Friday night fish fry.

If you aren’t familiar with the Pittsburgh Lenten Fish Fry Map, here are the details: For more than a decade, from humble beginnings as one fish-fry lover’s Google Maps project, the Fish Fry Map has grown into a full-on catalog of more than 200 Friday night seafood availabilities across western Pennsylvania.

Some Pittsburgh-area fish fries include a 50/50 raffle. This photo was taken last year at St. Catherine of Sweden/parish of St. Martha and Mary in Hampton Township.

The map, the brainchild of long-ago Pittsburgh transplant Hollen Barmer, has become a full-on community project administered by Code for Pittsburgh, which uses computer programming as the centerpiece of community and civic engagement efforts.

Through the map you’ll find fish fries of all stripes.

An assortment of Catholic churches and parishes are here, from St. Irenaeus in Oakmont to Our Lady of Victory Maronite in Carnegie to St. Teresa of Avila in Perrysville.

You’ll also find more secular Friday fries, from the Hampton Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 in the North Hills all the way to the Monongahela Elks Lodge in Washington County — not to mention myriad iterations of Eat N’ Park across the area that make sure they have fish at the ready on Friday afternoons and evenings.

Whether you’re Catholic or not, it’s the perfect Pittsburgh blend of tradition and innovation — and, of course, the always kid-friendly fish sandwich, suitable for quick and wholesome Friday night family meals without any home cooking.

Seafood, interactivity and a collaborative community spirit — what’s not to like?