by Carolyn Batt

fishfryWith Lenten season fast approaching, many people take part in the traditional Fish Fry Fridays.  Along with chicken wings, beef on weck and sponge candy, a Friday Fish fry is a Buffalo food staple—year round.

What makes a good fish fry?  My friend and colleague Denise, who is somewhat of a fish fry connoisseur tells me it’s all about “fresh, not frozen (haddock or cod/beer battered or cornmeal)” and “all homemade sides.”

Denise has traveled all throughout Western New York in search of a good fish fry, and her favorites include:

  • Johnny Yanni’s Half Moon Bay, 126 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda NY 692-3171
  • Polish Villa, 2954 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 683-9460
  • Jades Restaurant, 4495 Broadway, Depew NY 683-5054
  • Rodney’s Restaurant & Lounge, 4179 Lake Shore Rd. Hamburg NY 627-5166
  • Michael’s Town Shanty, 2400 Clinton St. Cheektowaga, NY 824-6775

“All of these places are casual, family restaurants,” she tells me.  “All include homemade sides, with a macaroni salad, potato salad, coleslaw, rye bread and tartar sauce.”

Many of these restaurants also feature a nightly fish fry, rather than your standard Friday night fry.  So if the weekend doesn’t work, you’re still in luck.

Best part of a Buffalo fish fry, other than the taste, freshness, and homemade sides?  It won’t break the bank.  An entire fish fry won’t cost you more than $10 and includes all of the above. 

Do you have a favorite place for a fish fry or feel that you’re an “insider” on the Buffalo Niagara fish fry scene?  Feel free to share your discoveries and opinions on the best places out there.

add to del.icio.us : Add to Blinkslist : add to furl : Digg it : Stumble It! : add to simpy : seed the vine : : : TailRank : post to facebook