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Lent, which extends this year until April 3, is a time when some of us fast and avoid the food that makes us happiest. You know what food we’re talking about, right? It’s steak!


So, if your local steakhouse is your go-to restaurant, you don’t have to change your plans because of Lent: many of those steakhouses have some of the best fish (and vegetarian options) you will find anywhere.


If your usual order at Montgomery’s best steakhouses is, understandably, a big juicy steak, you’ll be glad to know that during lent, you can also get yourself some outstandingly succulent fish and seafood…as well as straight-out vegetarian options.


Here are five of Montgomery’s best steakhouses, all serving the most outstanding fish/seafood and vegetarian dishes you will find anywhere in Alabama.


Miyako Japanese Steak & Sushi. Red meat beautifully grilled on the hibachi is one of the signature preparations at Miyako Japanese Steak & Sushi, but as the name suggests, there’s also a lot of premium sushi on the menu. Sushi selections include a broad range of nigiri (raw fish on rice) and maki rolls, as well as warm fish & seafood dishes like shrimp shumai and Salmon Teriyaki. There are also hibachi preparations of lobster, salmon, shrimp, and scallop. In short, a lot to choose from that is not steak (though, of course, there’s a lot of that, too).


Steak-Out. Popular throughout Alabama – as well as Georgia, Illinois, and South Dakota – Steak-Out is the place you know for steak, but during Lent, there are some excellent fish/seafood as well as vegetarian options to stand in for steak during your period of fasting. You can always get a big, beautiful baked potato loaded with cheddar cheese, grilled onions, or mushrooms (these are really good), or a vegetable medley. You may have come to Steak-Out for the steak, but once a year, it’s not hard at all to be a temporary vegetarian.


Sinclair’s East Montgomery Steakhouse. The steak may initially draw folks to Sinclair’s East Montgomery Steakhouse, but once there, many of us will be drawn to the fish and seafood. And that attraction is totally understandable! Check out the jumbo lump crabmeat, scallops, and shrimp sauteed in shrimp sauce (for maximum shrimpiness) and poured over parmesan-crusted tomatoes, the crispy panko-battered shrimp, or the changing selection of fresh seafood selections (ask your waiter!).




Pepper Tree Steaks and Wine. At Pepper Tree Steaks and Wine, it’s all about the grill, and when it comes to fish, that means grilled salmon and grilled tuna, all in support of a mission to prove that you can “Eat Healthy Without Sacrificing Flavor.” If you’re being super-virtuous and having “just a salad,” Pepper Tree Steaks and Wine makes it easy to get a little protein into the deal by letting you add some grilled salmon or tuna. And to pair with these pristine fish offerings, we’d suggest a Sauvignon Blanc or an unoaked Chardonnay.


Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. The Wood-Grilled Salmon brushed with Key lime butter is one of the stand-out fish preparations at Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill, and we can’t recommend it highly enough. If, however, you’re being super strict during Lent, and limiting yourself to salads, we’d recommend you select one of the imaginative and delicious salad options, including the Seared Tuna Superfoods Salad, featuring seared sushi-grade tuna on spinach, organic ancient grains, cucumbers, avocado, grilled corn, edamame, and radish, or the Grilled Shrimp and Strawberry Salad, with the shrimp/strawberries, mixed greens, jicama, and goat cheese. These salads will make you quite happy.


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