As detailed in our listings of the Top Fish Fry Places In The Northtowns and Top Fish Fry Places In The Southtowns, putting together a guide for the best places to enjoy a fish fry in Western New York is no easy task. With so many restaurants churning out quality meals featuring one of our region’s most popular dishes, trying to list the best of the best is quite the challenge.
Using the confines of the City of Buffalo for this list, the following places located in the city limits are eateries that are known to be pretty popular in Buffalo. A visit to any of these restaurants should satisfy your craving for a quality fish fry.
1. Bailey Seafood
3316 Bailey Ave, Buffalo / More Info
If you’re headed to Bailey Seafood, seafood is in the name so it’s gotta be in the game. On the menu you’ll find multiple fish fry options, a fan favorite is the Fried Fish dinner which includes a choice of fish, hushpuppies, a hot side choice and a side salad choice.
3. Gabriel’s Gate
145 Allen St, Buffalo / More Info
The atmosphere of this restaurant is super comfortable with knickknacks everywhere you look. As far as the food goes, they do a dynamite job with their fish fry. Called “The Naval Park” this fish fry is fried to a golden brown, and served with a choice of french fries, baked potato, or rice pilaf along with a side of cole slaw.
3. Happy Swallow Restaurant
1349 Sycamore St, Buffalo / More Info
This is a great little place that may not be well known, but believe us when we say their fish fry is tremendous. Served every Friday throughout the year, they offer a special Lenten fish fry platter featuring all homemade salads and your choice of haddock or yellow pike. Friendly staffers are never too far away to fulfill all of your dining needs.
4. Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
76 Pearl St, Buffalo / More Info
Pearl Street offers a wonderful atmosphere that is highlighted by the unique decor within the interior of the building. The fish itself is battered in their own light house ale batter and always comes out hot and crispy. The portions of all of the side dishes are very generous. A bonus for this restaurant is that they accept reservations, which is unusual on Fridays, especially during Lenten fish fry season in Buffalo.
5. Swannie House
170 Ohio St, Buffalo / More Info
Swannie House is another traditional fish fry spot, in downtown Buffalo. beyond just a good beer battered haddock, they also offer a Fisherman’s Platter and Fish Sandwich.
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This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.