SIMPLY CLASSIC At Bentley University in Waltham Mass traditional fish fryis made with pollock and a slaw

SIMPLY CLASSIC: At Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., traditional fish fry
is made with pollock and a slaw.

Menu Mix: TGI fish fry

‘Tis the season for seafood: Fish Fry Fridays are weekly opportunities to reel in customers with updated—and upgraded— takes on the Lenten tradition.

For Catholics, the 40 days of Lent are somber: late winter/early spring days of fasting, reflecting and abstaining from meat on the Fridays preceding Easter. A social event that’s a sure sign of spring, fish fries grew from the need for meatless meals and to gather together, often in a church basement. Symbolism also abounds: The well-known story of Jesus feeding a big crowd by multiplying loaves and fishes may as well be considered the first fish fry.

The traditional meal of fr

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