Restaurants stocked up ahead of first Friday of Lent
BATON ROUGE - It's the first Friday of Lent, and restaurants throughout the area were prepped and stocked up on seafood to meet the insatiable demand.
Boiled, sautéed or fried to perfection, it's a top choice for those forgoing meet due to observance of the Catholic institution of Lent.
"It's the first Friday of Lent. That's kind of a tradition to come eat crawfish," said Jennifer Strasner, a Catholic from Baton Rouge.
For the next 40 days, Catholics and other Christians fast and don't eat meat on Fridays, but take advantage of the opportunity to instead seek out the best Louisiana recipes. Many restaurants like Sammy's Bar and Grill say they sometimes have to triple stock up on seafood and even double up on their staff this time of the year.
"We start loading up all the coolers with all the seafood. Catfish, shrimp and even we start bringing in better fish like Mahi and the salmons and the speckled trout. And, of course, we fill our crawfish to the brim with as many live sacks as we can fit in there," said Andy McKay, Sammy's Bar and Grill Manager on Highland Road.
During dinner hours at Baton Rouge's popular seafood joints, the wait time is up to two hours on Fridays.