Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 22 and runs until Easter Sunday on April 8.
According to Jim Hillibish with GateHouse News Service, "Catholics age 14 and older shun meat on Fridays during Lent to honor the Passion of Jesus. The event causes restaurants to jiggle their menus. Pizzerias witness a 50 percent sales hike for vegetarian pies. Seafood restaurants, such as Red Lobster and Long John Silvers, hit their busiest season."
Hillibish adds during this timeframe, "Taco Bell engineers a marinated shrimp taco and burrito. The BK Big Fish is caught at Burger King, on a cornmeal-dusted bun....and McDonald’s will be celebrating its signature Filet-O-Fish sandwich, an item born of the Lenten Season."
Bret Thorn with Nation's Restaurant News reports, "Casual-dining chain Daphne’s California Greek of Carlsbad, has added three shrimp dishes to its menu. The new items all feature grilled shrimp marinated with garlic, paprika and other spices. Rubio’s, which popularized the Baja-style fish taco in the Southwest, has no shortage of Lenten options, but the 197-unit quick-service chain based in Carlsbad, recently rolled out two new beer-battered fish items.
Or you can hit up one of Carlsbad's many seafood/fish restaurants. Check out our places directory and search "seafood" to find many dining options.