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Issue Date: March 2009

Fish Fries - Fairport Harbor VFW Post 7754

Nobody says you have to wait for supper to eat your Lenten meal on Fridays.

And, if only because it is such a throwback to the Lake County pre-exurban boom, you’ll love this spot. Gather around a table with picnic-style tablecloths, set among the photos of long-passed veterans hanging on the wall above the wood paneling.

While you’re waiting for your lunch, you can learn how much you really know about walleye. The placemat asks, “True or false: A warm, calm spring generally promotes a good walleye batch while a hot, windy spring may reduce the hatch.” (True.)

Take a moment to soak in the ’60s music playing from a worn boombox in the corner, then bite into a perch sandwich with light breading served on a potatoey bun alongside thin fries and heavily mayoed coleslaw.

Before you leave, make sure to soak in one more piece of trivia from your placemat so you can play Cliff Clavin to your office colleagues or neighbors: Walleyes are carnivores and feed on a variety of smaller fish. With a full belly, it feels good to be atop that food chain. 540 New St., Fairport Harbor, (440) 352-1123; Fridays during Lent, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m.; Perch sandwich, fries, coleslaw (coffee, iced tea and water included) $6.50 (lunch price

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