Local Fish Fry Sides We're Super Into

Jessica Kelly

The Irishman's Fish Fry

The Irishman’s Fish Fry / Photo via The Irishman

Updated March 2020

Fish Fry Sides We’re Into

Ah, behold; the fried fish. Maybe we didn’t invent the fish fry like our chicken wing claim to fame, but their popularity year round and especially during lent is semi-unique to Western New York if you can believe it.

With fish fry season in full swing we’re here to break it down and let you in on some of our latest and greatest fav fish fry wonders. We’ve already summed up some of our top fish fry spots all over WNY. And while the main event is super important, like Thanksgiving the sides can make or break an experience just as much as the fish. So without further ado here are some of the spots we love for not only fish fry, but fish fry side(kick)s!



Griffon Gastropub

2470 Military Rd, Niagara Falls / (716) 236-7474

810 Center St. Lewiston, NY 14092 / (716) 405-7291

5445 Transit Rd. Clarence, NY 14031 / (716) 580-3701

634 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 / (716) 714-9301

Fridays at Griffon Gastropub they’re offering a menu of fresh, boneless, skinless haddock, served with cut fries that are seasoned with Miami spice, cole slaw, and garlic knot.  Choose from their selection of Cajun Crunch with Panko bread crumbs and Cajun seasoning, Fresh Haddock rubbed and baked in crushed Ritz crackers & drawn butter, Italiano Broiled Haddock seasoned with lemon pepper and topped with sliced tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil, Garlic Parmesan Crusted baked with Panko bread crumbs, garlic, and parmesan, and Seafood Baked Haddock with a fresh lobster and crabmeat stuffing on top (no imitation).  Prices range from $13.50-16.50.  Now for the very important part: the gouda mac. You can swap a side with the gouda mac for a small up charge and trust me it’s worth every penny for those creamy, smokey shells. Hungry yet?



669 Wehrle Dr, Buffalo/ (716) 632-9896

McPartlan’s is my family’s go-to classic fish fry joint. They’ve been serving their famous haddock fish fry for 50 years and don’t show any signs of stopping. Their fish fry comes in a half portion ($10.99) or a whole portion ($12.49 for the big spender). Each is served with fresh coleslaw and your choice of potato which are all well and good, but nothing compared to their pasta salad that can be easily swapped out for either standard side. I don’t know what they do to make this stuff so good other than the fact that it’s not loaded up with mayo and they seem to use fresh ingredients, but obsessed is an understatement. 


Tavern on Windsor Park's Fish Fry

Tavern on Windsor Park’s Fish Fry / Photo via Tavern on Windsor Park

Tavern at Windsor Park

8444 Transit Rd, Williamsville / (716) 906-8469

This fish and chips dish features hand beer battered codfish, fried and served with english chips (AKA fries), jalapeño apple coleslaw, and Sriracha tarter sauce ($12.99 for small, $16.99 for large).  Did we have you at jalapeño apple slaw? Thought so. 


The Irishman's Fish Fry

The Irishman’s Fish Fry / Photo via The Irishman

The Irishman

5601 Main St, Williamsville / (716) 626-2670

This Williamsville Irish pub serves traditional Irish food along with American bar food. The food is awesome and they have live music on a regular basis. Their crispy fish fry is served with fries and coleslaw for $15.90 everyday. I said every day, people. My favorite part about coming here is the beer selection to enjoy with the fish fry and drumroll please…their Cajun remoulade!  The remoulade is spicy and creamy, perfectly complimenting the crispy salty fish.  Ask for extra.


Buffalo Brewpub

6861 Main St, Buffalo / (716) 632-0552

Buffalo Brewpub serves fish fry all day everyday under their “Buffalo Traditions” menu.  Their Beer Battered Icelandic Haddock is served with coleslaw, macaroni salad, and pub fries. They give you so much food you can plan on plenty of leftovers (Regular $14.99 and Small $10.99). The show stopper here is their potato salad which is kind of out of this world and packed full of flavor. Not to mention a full beer menu allowing for some great pairings.  





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