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From vegan burgers to fried catfish, here’s where to eat during Lent in Austin

Rebeccah Macias
Nick Simonite For American-Statesman: Catfish Parlour Restaurant's fried Catfish and Shrimp combo plate (large) is cooked with trans-fat free oil and costs $13.95 02/23/07.

We have the ocean to thank for such a wide variety of delicacies. And the Lent season is the perfect time to lean in and show your appreciation.

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season and if you’re Catholic, that means for each Friday (and Ash Wednesday) until Easter Sunday on April 12, you might choose to abstain from eating meat.

And while you can always go to Red Lobster or McDonald’s for a Filet-O-Fish, if you’re in a pinch, we’ve gathered a list of some meatless options, many local, to help you out this Lent season.

ATX Food Co. (517 S Lamar Blvd): This vegan truck serves bowls filled with veggies and super grains, as well as a couple of tacos.

Catfish Parlour (4705 Texas 71): Family-owned since 1973, Catfish Parlour offers fried shrimp, fish and just about anything else you can fry.

Clark’s Oyster Bar (1200 W. Sixth St.): If you’re in the taste for a hardy piece of fish or a toasty crab cake, Clark’s Oyster Bar is the place to go.

Conscious Cravings (multiple locations): With two food truck locations, Conscious Cravings serves healthy salads and wraps including barbecue seitans and eggless tofu salads.

Cypress Grill (4404 W. William Cannon Drive): With French bread shipped all the way from Gambino’s Bakery in New Orleans, Cypress Grill will leave your Southern taste satisfied.

Eddie V’s (multiple locations): Austin-born steak and seafood house brings the cruise ship vibes right to the table.

Next Level Burger(525 N Lamar Blvd): Oregon-based operation offers plant-based burgers, hot dogs and if you’ve got room for dessert, give their milkshakes a try.

Poke Poke (multiple locations): Poke Poke serves bowls packed with sushi-grade fish and rice topped with your choice of fresh ingredients.

Quality Seafood Market (5621 Airport Blvd.): Chances are your taste buds have tasted Quality Seafood Market as they have supplied many Austin restaurants since 1938.

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking (2850 N. Interstate 35): From fish tacos to seared scallops, Chef Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant is the pit stop to make when traveling along Interstate 35.