Variety is key to local fish fry

While many restaurants and service organizations in the county are gearing up for fish fry Fridays this season, Lori Photiou, of Flint Township, and her fellow volunteers at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Blanc are preparing for just another slew of Friday nights.

That’s because for the past two years from September to June the church has hosted a Friday night dinner complete with fried fish, baked fish, shrimp, clams, Coney dogs, gyros, baked chicken, chicken strips and Plaki, a traditional Greek fish dish.

“It’s been a success,” she said. “The volunteers that we have are fantastic. They get enjoyment out of it.”

During Lent, of course, the number of dinner orders the volunteers fill goes up to around 125, many of those with multiple fish dinners, which for $9 come with french fries, coleslaw and a dinner roll with the option to substitute the fries for a baked potato for 50 cents and a Greek Salad for the coleslaw for a $1 extra.

Dinner is served each Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. thanks to the dozens of volunteers, three of which are Photiou’s husband Lucas and 8-yearold twins Anna and Alexander.

She said for her family spending Friday nights at the church is “just second nature.” Photiou herself has been a volunteer at the Friday night dinners since they began.

“It’s helping support our church,” she said of the many hours she spends volunteering to make the meals a success. A member of the church for 14 years, Photiou encourages everyone to check out their fish fry this Lent. “Best fish in town,” she said.

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