By Kimbery Shrader
Special to The Roanoke Times
I traveled to Wisconsin for the first time this past summer and was pleased to experience my first “Friday Fish.” The tradition of eating fish on Fridays is one I learned from my boyfriend , who hails from the state. The practice has a religious history, but I have also heard that during Prohibition, bars and pubs that could no longer sell alcohol advertised fish on Fridays to attract customers.
On a recent Friday evening, we made a trip to Peter’s Seafood in Roanoke County in an effort to continue the tradition here at home. Peter’s Seafood is located at the corner of Williamson and Peters Creek roads in the Market Square North shopping center. The atmosphere is modest and very clean, with a few ocean-themed decorations. There are several four- and six-top tables , but many customers get their orders to go.
The cashier, who was also our server, greeted us and encouraged us to pick our seat. The menu consists of many kinds of fish, including whiting, trout, tilapia, catfish, flounder, croaker and spot. Other featured items include oysters, shrimp, scallops, crab and crawfish, with a sprinkling of Vietnamese-influenced dishes. The seafood is brought in at least once a week from the Newport News area, meaning that specials such as blue crabs, soft shell crabs, and king crab legs can change weekly.
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