We asked Jess Whittington, our fish frying correspondent and self-proclaimed “fish fry lover” to list the top five fish fry choices. These are her answers.
1. Public kitchen
107 Flowers Ave., Hazelwood. ckpgh.org
From 11.00 to 19.00 from Friday to April 15. Eat or take away.
Shared kitchen in Hazelwood is the best fry in the area. This is always the first one I recommend when people ask. I love CK because it’s a culinary training program for people who usually experience barriers to employment. Before COVID-19 I attended a few of their special dinners, and the food is, frankly, delicious, and I just like the parcel that lies in the program. It changes lives and helps people who have been repeatedly told “no” to find work before receiving this training. (I promise I’m by no means related to CK, I just think they’re delicious!) But when it comes to food, the dough is perfectly light and crunchy (great croissant!) And everything is made from scratch. The staff is always very helpful and very well organized.
2. Allegheny Elks Lodge
400 Cedar Ave., North Side. facebook.com/alleghenyelks or 412-321-1834
From 18.00 to 20.00 from Friday to April 15. Food or takeaway.
This is another favorite. The portions of fish are huge, and if you’re lucky, you’ll listen to live music.
3. Swissvale Voluntary Fire Service
7400 Irvine St., Swissvale. tinyurl.com/SwissvaleFishFry or 412-271-8787
From 11.00 to 19.00 from Friday to April 15. Seats are limited, takeaway is recommended.
This is a very reliable standard from year to year. They are very popular and usually sell out early, so I definitely recommend calling in advance.
4. Emil’s living room
414 Hawkins Ave., Rankin. facebook.com/EmilsLoungePA or 412-271-9911
From 10.00 to 20.00 from Friday to April 15. Food or takeaway.
Emil is incredible. I know this place has been around for a long time and at the time was featured in one of Rick Sebastian’s special programs, but for me it’s the newest, even though I’ve lived in the East End for a few years. I will definitely be back for their fish. Great home Mac too!
5. American Serbian Club Pittsburgh
Call one of my favorite fish potatoes – the American Serbian Club of Pittsburgh in the South Side. They haven’t had this in a few years, so I’d like to take this opportunity to ask you to return it!