Eating at your favorite fast food restaurants can seem more challenging on the surface if you are observing Lent. Between now and March 30, fast food restaurants struggle with losing their Catholic (are other Lent-observing) guests on Fridays when they are unable to eat meat. According to a poll from the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, 34% of Americans observe Lent.
To counter the challenges of Lent, many restaurants are bringing back Lent-friendly meals as limited-time options to try. Other businesses that routinely serve fish entrees, on the other hand, are offering specials to entice you in spite of the new competition. Here is a rundown of options for you to keep in mind when Friday rolls around and you are wondering what to eat:
McDonald’s: The Filet-O-Fish sandwich was already a staple on the McDonald’s menu. In recognition of Lent, however, they recently launched Fish McBites. We ran a post on a special price promotion for Fish McBites last week. While that has expired, the prices are still more than reasonable on the ‘popcorn shrimp’-like Fish McBites. You can purchase them in three sizes: Snack for $1, Regular for $3.49, and Shareable for $5.49.
White Castle: Known best for their slider hamburgers, White Castle knows those are off-limits on Fridays during Lent. In response, they have released Mac & Cheese Nibblers and Shrimp Nibblers. While Fish Nibblers have been around for ten years, White Castle is expanding the battered nuggets line for a limited time.
Wendy’s: Like Arby’s, Wendy’s brought back a seasonal Premium Cod Fillet Sandwich for a limited time. You can purchase the sandwich alone for $3.79 or opt for a combo meal (Wendy’s is known for offering sides other than fries) for $5.49.
Rally’s: Rally’s must’ve seen the McDonald’s Fish McBites, as they are bringing out a very similar option for a limited time. They are introducing ‘poppable’ fish bites. For those of you who don’t recognize Lent, you can also try the new chicken version.
Long John Silver’s: Already a seafood restaurant, Long John Silver’s still has a new menu option in recognition of Lent. They are now offering New Bigger Shrimp, which are 50% bigger than the butterfly shrimp served previously. The shrimp weigh in at 31 to 35 pieces per pound.