Fish Dish

Don’t miss the Chanhassen Legion’s legendary fish-fry Fridays this Lenten season.

The American Legion in Chanhassen has been hosting the Friday night fish fries ever since general manager Paul Shellum can remember. “We’ve kind of become an icon in the southwest metro as far as fish fries go,” he says.

In honor of the Lenten season, the Chanhassen Legion will host its famous fish fry every Friday night from 5–8 p.m. February 28–April 18. The all-you-can-eat buffet features wild-caught Alaskan Pollock, coleslaw, potato salad, hot German potato salad, baked beans, and dinner rolls ($11). And make sure to show up early, as the event is popular among the community during the Lenten season, drawing crowds of up to 500 people on a given Friday evening.

But surely, the fish fry wouldn’t be possible without the help of dozens of legion members who come in the day before to hand-peel and cut the potatoes, onions, and peppers, and prepare for the coming night.

In addition to being a beloved community event, the time-tested recipes are another thing that makes the fish fry so popular. “We take pride in the fact that the recipes have been handed down through the years,” Shellum says.

The Chanhassen Legion’s Fish Fry is 5–8 p.m. Fridays from February 28–April 18.
290 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen; 952.934.6677;