Yes. It’s a Catholic tradition. The fish fry. In our area local news stations even publicize them and have maps of them on their websites. Sure they are related to our practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays, but they are more about community.
And over the past few years, the menus have expanded well beyond fried fish, slaw, and green beans. Ours serves fish tacos, frog legs, and beets in addition to the usual fare.
So find a fish fry in your area and support a local parish. If you want to get outside of your comfort zone, grab a few friends and go to a fish fry from outside of your usual neighborhood.
Our parish has Stations of the Cross after the fish fry. This is a good way to balance the fun and friendship at the dinner with a more solemn observance of Lent.