Six Alabama Restaurants and Markets to Try During Lent

Whether you’re adhering to Catholic standards or you’re just vowing to eat healthier, Lent is a big season for Gulf seafood.

There are seven meat-free Fridays in the 40-day period, a Lenten observance that has inspired everything from church fish fries to the origins of the fast-food fish sandwich. And for those who take part, it’s a great opportunity for healthier (and more adventurous) eating.

Thankfully for those of us here in Alabama, we’ve got plenty of Alabama Gulf Seafood to go around. And many of our local restaurants are on board to help expand our Lenten palates.

Here’s our list of Lent specials and recommended menu items from some of Alabama’s finest Gulf seafood purveyors.

Babalu (Birmingham)

Fresh Gulf seafood is on the menu for this hot spot in Birmingham. Try your tacos with Redfish or Shrimp, and be sure to try their Pan-Seared Crab Cakes.

El Barrio (Birmingham)

If you’re in the mood for fresh, authentic Mexican fare, their Gulf Shrimp Quesadilla is hard to beat.

Rouse’s Markets (Mobile, Theodore, Saraland, Spanish Fort, Gulf Shores)

If you’re in the mood for Alabama Gulf Seafood in your own kitchen, Rouse’s has South Alabama covered. They’ll be featuring weekly specials on Gulf product like Oysters, Shrimp, Crab, Redfish, Flounder, and Sheepshead.

Sinclair’s Restaurant (Montgomery)

Sinclair’s has excellent year-round specials on fresh Gulf seafood, and if you stop by during Lent, they recommend trying the Grilled Grouper.

Whole Foods (Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile)

With Alabama Gulf Seafood featured every week, Whole Foods has a variety of fresh options. And during Lent, we hear they’ll be carrying even more Gulf seafood. Check in for weekly specials!

Wintzell’s Oyster House (Mobile, Fairhope, Greenville, Huntsville, Montgomery, Orange Beach, Saraland, Spanish Fort)

Wintzell’s has been focused on Gulf seafood traceability lately, so if you stop by for their fresh Catch of the Day, you’ll know it’s fresh—and you can check to see where they caught it.