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.

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