BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Several Baton Rouge restaurants will serve tasty, unique specials for Lent. Menus offer more than fish, and some places plan to cook up scallops, softshell crab, vegetarian dishes and more.

Ash Wednesday kicks off Lent — the 40-day season of fasting and prayer. This year, it runs from Wednesday, Feb. 22 to Thursday, April 6. Eating meat, such as chicken, beef and pork, is abstained from on Fridays.

In Louisiana, there’s no shortage of seafood recipes, especially when crawfish season is in full force. But if you’re itching for a more elevated dish on a Friday night, these restaurants could hit the spot.

Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine

Regular menu offerings at this restaurant are swimming with seafood, and it has released a menu just for Lent:

  • Shrimp Matzo Ball Soup
  • Satsuma And Scallop Crudo
  • Fried Softshell Crab
  • Charred Octopus Aquapazza
  • Thai Bourbon Glaze Halibut
  • Verlasso Salmon
  • Quinoa Paella
  • Whole Roasted Bronzino
  • Local Fish En Papillote

Where: 7731 Jefferson Highway

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City Pork Brasserie

This upscale BBQ restaurant is offering:

  • Crabcake Bites
  • Fried Shrimp & Crab Dumplings
  • Blackened Fish
  • Seared Tuna
  • Shrimp & Smoked Crawfish Linguine

Where: 7327 Jefferson Highway

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Proverbial Wine Bistro

This Lenten season, this bistro in Baton Rouge is offering:

  • Lobster Chowder
  • Seafood Lasagna

Where: 9659 Antioch Road

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Rouj Creole

Lent specials at Rouj Creole include:

  • Salmon Mousse
  • Pan-seared Scallops
  • Softshell Sliders
  • Spicy Shrimp Meatballs
  • Trout Meuniere
  • Viet-Cajun Seafood Boil

Where: 7601 Bluebonnet Boulevard

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Serop’s Cafe

This local Greek and Lebanese restaurant is offering a full menu of Lenten specials:

  • Shrimp & Crawfish Kibbeh
  • Flounder Terrebonne
  • Tilapia Lafitte
  • Seafood Pita Wrap
  • Shrimp Salad
  • Eggplant Royale
  • And more

Where: 7474 Corporate Boulevard

Superior Grill

This popular Mexican restaurant in Baton Rouge is offering the following during Lent:

  • Seafood Enchiladas
  • Crab Cake Enchiladas 
  • Lent Grilled Avocados
  • Seven Layer Camaron Salad 
  • Yucatan Lime Soup 
  • And more

Where: 5435 Government St.

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More places to get Lenten meals in Baton Rouge

There are plenty of restaurants in the area for the fish-hungry. Here are the top 10 seafood restaurants in Baton Rouge, according to Trip Advisor:

  1. Louisiana Lagniappe Restaurant
  2. Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant
  3. Mansurs on the Boulevard
  4. Acme Oyster House
  5. Sammy’s Grill Highland
  6. Southern Pearl Oyster House
  7. Roux 61 Seafood & Grill
  8. Mike Andersons Seafood
  9. Juban’s
  10. Tony’s Seafood