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Best Spots for Fish Fry According to Western New Yorkers

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on February 12, 2021
Photo courtesy of Overpass Pub

We don’t want to over simplify this, but frankly Buffalo (WNY) Fish Fries are where it’s at.

The larger than life pieces of fish, the tarter sauce, the high key side game.

Like wings, beef on weck, and sponge candy, the Friday night (or any night) fish fry is a sort of a “buffalo thing”. The Buffalo News does a great job in this article explaining the history of the Buffalo fish fry. While the most common time to find Western New Yorkers in search of a good fish fry is during Lent, many of the restaurants mentioned below offer a fish fry dish beyond Lent and more than just Fridays.

What makes a good fish fry varies depending on who you ask, but a certain crispness is important if you ask us. And then there are the accouterments – at least a couple of sides that come with it like french fries, mac salad, potato salad, a dinner roll and the 1000% necessary tartar sauce. Homemade everything is a plus if not a must.

Photo courtesy of The Cornerstone Bar & Grill
Photo courtesy of The Cornerstone Bar & Grill

In order to pull this list together, we asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best fish fry in Buffalo and WNY. They answered with their top picks and we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations below. If it was mentioned, it’s listed below.

Because we received hundreds of comments resulting in over 50 recommendations, there’s an option in almost every neighborhood in WNY. From sit-down service to fast casual options and take out for instance, fish fries are served in a variety of places, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.

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Best of the Best

While many recommendations were mentioned more than once, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again. It’s safe to say these are our readers’ top picks for Fish Fry:

1st: Wiechecs Lounge (Buffalo’s East Side)

Tied for 2nd:

Tied for 3rd:

4th: McPartlan’s Corner (Williamsville)

Keep scrolling for the full list of mentions!

Check out the comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for menu item recommendations and specific info you can’t get anywhere else, out of the mouths of customers! Plus explore more guides with recommendations according to Western New Yorkers.

Photo courtesy of Central Park Grill
Photo courtesy of Central Park Grill

Guide to Best Fish Fry in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

A and C Meat Co.

6472 Southwestern Blvd. Lakeview, NY 14085 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Situated in Lakeview NY  just 10 miles from downtown Buffalo,  A&C Meat Company opened it's doors on October 31, 2015 and it didn't take long for ...

Alabama Hotel

1353 Lewiston Road Basom, NY 14013 • $$

American

Genesee County

Bar and Restaurant ...

Alton’s Restaurant – Elma

2221 Transit Road Elma, New York 14059 • $$

GreekDinerAmerican

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Experience the finest in casual dining in a clean, warm and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the best home cooked meals at the most reasonable prices around. Since ...

Alton’s Restaurant – Walden

2250 Walden Ave Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $$

GreekDinerAmerican

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

Experience the finest in casual dining in a clean, warm and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the best home cooked meals at the most reasonable prices around. Since ...

Apollo Family Restaurant

3387 Park Ave Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

DinerGreekMediterranean

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

American (New), American (Traditional), Diners and Greek and Mediterranean Breakfast, lunch and dinner. ...

Apple Granny’s

433 Center St. Lewiston , New York 14092 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesSeafoodSteakhouse

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Apple Granny's was started in 1830 serving American cuisine like steak, chicken, ribs and fish. ...

Athena’s Family Restaurant

729 Young St Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $$

AmericanBurgersGreekInternationalMediterraneanSeafood

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Athena's Family Restaurant says: Family owned and operated for over 20 years! Enjoy homemade meals and soups made daily, delicious breakfast or our ...

Athens Family Restaurant

2801 Harlem Rd. Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesDinerGreek

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

2801 Harlem Rd. Cheektowaga NY 892-5019.   Open: breakfast, lunch, dinner ...

Bailey Seafood

3316, Bailey Avenue, Kensington Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$

SeafoodAmericanDeli-Sandwiches

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1985 Bailey Seafood was founded in 1985 out of a passion for fresh seafood. Started out with only one employee, the ...

Beach House

5584 E River Rd Grand Island, New York 14072 • $

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

For over thirty years The Beach House has been serving the people of Western New York delicious food at a reasonable price. ...

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Bellevue Hotel

544, Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, Cheektowaga Town Erie County, New York 14227 • $

Cheektowaga and East

The Bellevue Hotel is a neighborhood favorite, offering great food and service in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Stop in for Wing Specials on Mondays and ...

Black Water Tavern & Tap

12443 Broadway Alden, New York 14004 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesPub Food

Cheektowaga/East

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar, Take Out

Black Water is home to all the comforts of a good tavern: chef-prepared food, taps galore, a fun-loving crowd, live music, special ...

Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub

2134 Seneca Street South Buffalo, New York 14220 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesIrishPub FoodSeafoodSteakhouse

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Blackthorn Restaurant $ Pub is the quintessential cozy, no pretense South Buffalo joint that has been serving this neighborhood for decades. They offer ...

Broadway Hotel

?158 Main St North Tonawanda,, New York 14150 • $

North Towns

...

Brunner’s Tavern

3989 Main Street Amherst, NY 14226 • $$

North Towns

Brunner’s Tavern is a local Buffalo favorite. Famous for it’s steak sandwich, chicken wings, and homemade macaroni salad. ...

Buffalo Brewpub

6861 Main St. Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

Beer Bar/HallBreweryAmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesPub Food

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

At Buffalo Brewpub we brew our own beers! New York State's Oldest Brew Pub dedicated to Fine Beer, food, and fun! Renowned for its fabulous beer and savory ...

Buffalo Irish Center

245 Abbot Road Buffalo, New York 14220 • $

IrishPub Food

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

The Buffalo Irish Center is much more than a meeting place in a pub, a bingo hall, or an establishment for little girls to learn dancing. Since 1970, the ...

Buffalo Soul

454 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Southern

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Restaurant $ Lounge in Buffalo, NY specializing in scratch made soul food and local Buffalo favorites. Taste the Soul of 716!!! ...

Butera’s Craft Beer & Craft Pizza

32 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

ItalianPizza

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Butera's Craft Beer $ Craft Pizza was newly established in September of 2015, but carries on the tradition of excellent customer service and food from ...

BW’s Barbecue

5007 Lake Ave Blasdell , New York 14219 • $$

AmericanBBQSouthern

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Buffalo's best bbq with fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked brisket, pulled pork and chicken with the taste of summer. ...

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Candy Apple Cafe

81 Buell St. Alden, New York 14001 • $

AmericanBurgersCafe-Coffee

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Cafe / Coffee Shop

Candy Apple Cafe is the quintessential small town American diner, and it has small town prices too. ...

Casey’s Black Rock

484 Amherst St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

North Buffalo

Bar

Casey's is the type of place where you can get good reliable bar food, and inexpensive drinks. They have a great fish fry on weekends, a spaghetti dinner ...

Central Park Grill

2519 Main Street Buffalo, New York 14214 • $

AmericanBuffalo Food

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

CPG was one of the first bars to open in Buffalo and has succeeded this long due to its great food and staff as well as being the neighborhood bar for ...

Clay Handi Restaurant

3054 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14217 • $

IndianMiddle Eastern

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Clay Pot Cooking: Preserve And Enhance The Nutrition In Your Food. Clay Handi Restaurant Offers Traditional Pakistani/ Indian , Halal, Vegetarian and Vegan ...

Colden Country Inn

8815 State Rd Colden, New York 14141 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesPub FoodSeafoodSteakhouse

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

We are a Casual Restaurant with a Family Friendly Dining Room $ Deck Outside. Our Bar Room Area Has 3 Flat Screen High Def TV's For Your Enjoyment.As well ...

Connor’s Restaurant

3465 Seneca St West Seneca, NY 14224 • $$

American

Buffalo

The best location in Buffalo for a fish fry, beef on weck, chicken wings, pizza, reubens and plenty of home cooked meals! ...

Curly’s Grille

647 Ridge Rd Lackawanna, New York 14218 • $$$

AmericanCaribbeanInternationalNew AmericanSeafoodSteakhouse

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Step Out's 2 cents: Curly's has undergone a lot of transformations over the years. Famous for their Jerk Chicken and Black Bean soup for years, but ...

Curry’s Pub

864 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodSeafood

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Currys Pub is more than a local fish fry joint!ï¾  With our signature dishes like 'The Dibble', a stuffed pepper sandwich and Scallop Chardonnay, a ...

Danny’s Restaurant – Cheektowaga

3715 Genesee Street Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesPizzaSeafoodSteakhouse

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

A casual dining atmosphere, specializing in chicken, steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive salad bar. Home of the Famous Chicken Wing Soup! Home of ...

Danny’s Restaurant – Orchard Park

4300 Abbott Rd. Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $$

AmericanBBQPizzaSouthern

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A casual dining atmosphere, specializing in chicken, steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive salad bar. Banquet facilities seat 25 - 70 with full bar service. Home ...

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Daryl’s Pizzeria

163 Main St Perry, NY 14530 • $

Pizza

Wyoming County

Perry's finest pizza, subs and wings since 1981 ...

David’s Steak Hogay

8442 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara Falls, NY 14304 • $

Niagara County

This Niagara Falls Sub Shop and Pizzeria offers Niagara Falls Catering. If you are within the Niagara Falls area and are looking for Niagara Falls ...

Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles LLC.

6004 Buffalo Ave Niagara Falls, New York 14304 • $

Soul Food

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

AWARD WINNING Food Truck bringing you a variety of fresh gourmet sandwiches based on Belgian waffles!! ...

Doc Sullivan’s

474 Abbott Rd Buffalo, New York 14220 • $$

Buffalo FoodIrishPub Food

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Neighborhood pub set in the heart of South Buffalo's Irish Heritage district serving up cold beer $ spirits along with Pub Fare. ...

Dockside Bar & Grill

153 Sweeney Street North Tonawanda,, New York 14150 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A historic building along the Erie Canal has been transformed into The Dockside Bar and Grill, a casual-dining restaurant near the Gateway Harbor area ...

Duff’s Famous Wings – Williamsville

4545 Transit Road Williamsville, New York 14221 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969 ...

Duff’s Famous Wings- Buffalo

3090 Orchard Park Rd Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969 ...

Duff’s Famous Wing’s – Amherst

3651 Sheridan Dr Amherst, New York 14221 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969 ...

Duff’s Famous Wings – Niagara Falls

8351 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara Falls, New York 14304 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969 ...

Duff’s Famous Wings – Orchard Park

3090 Orchard Park Rd Buffalo, New York 14224 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

WARNING! MEDIUM IS HOT! MEDIUM HOT IS VERY HOT! HOT IS VERY VERY HOT! 'Our wings are famous for a reason. Duff's has been committed to serving the highest ...

Duff’s Famous Wings -Depew

550 Dick Rd Depew, New York 14043 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

Website says: In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It ...

East Eden Tavern

8163 E Eden Rd Eden , New York 14057 • $$

AmericanBBQBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Love the Garbage Platter- served on a garbage can lid, serves 4 ish $39.99, ($29.99 on Tues.) - full rack of ribs, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, mac n ...

Eddie Brady’s

97 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $

Buffalo

Bar

Eddie Brady's is located in the heart of Downtown Buffalo. Stop in for $3 Bottles, $4 Mixed Drinks, and $8 Sandwiches. ...

Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

707 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14223 • $

AmericanHot DogsDeli-SandwichesBurgers

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Frustrated that he couldn’t get a quality hot dog with more than just traditional elements of ketchup and mustard, Frank persuaded his brother, Paul, ...

Freddy J’s BBQ

195 Grant St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

BBQSouthernAmerican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Freddy J's Barbecue is one of Buffalo's best kept secrets, providing soul food with a touch of elegance. ...

French Pub

1250 French Rd Buffalo, New York 14043 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesFrenchHot Dogs

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

The Pub features traditional Buffalo cuisine such as Beef on Weck and Chicken Wings, as well as daily dinner and lunch specials. ...

GDI Countryside Inn

2049 Sandridge Alden, NY 14004 • $$

American

Cheektowaga/East

GDI Countryside Inn is a family owned & operated Restaurant and Banquet facility. We specialize in American, Polish, Seafood,Char-Broiled Steaks and ...

Gene McCarthy’s

73 Hamburg St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

AmericanBuffalo Food

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Under the ownership of a team of local craft beer enthusiasts, the long time bar now features a brewery next door, which provides locally brewed beer to ...

Griffon Gastropub – Clarence

5445 Transit Rd Clarence, New York 14031 • $$

AmericanBeer Bar/HallBurgersPub Food

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says About Griffin Gastropub: According to Griffon Gastropub's website, 'If you're looking for a typical 'neighborhood grill' type of place, keep looking,' ...

Griffon Gastropub – Niagara Falls

2470 Military Road Niagara Falls, New York 14303 • $$

AmericanBBQBurgers

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

The Griffon Pub is a gastropub located in Niagara Falls, NY that boasts 50 beers on tap and a unique, creative menu. Our staff is friendly and knowledgable ...

Griffon Gastropub East Aurora

634 Main Street, East Aurora, NY, United States East Aurora, New York 14052 • $$

AmericanBeer Bar/HallBuffalo FoodBurgers

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

72 beers on tap, a grand, old industrial building, long list of fine bar grub and even a childrens' menu. This place is a no brainer and a great addition ...

Hamlin House

432 Franklin Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafoodSteakhouse

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB says: I'm a sucker for stunning old Italianate style mansions with food. To me the Hamlin House is like a slice of Buffalo chopped and served on a ...

Happy Swallow Restaurant

1349 Sycamore Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodPolishSeafood

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Happy Swallow Bar $ Restaurant is a locally owned establishment run by the Golimowski family. The Bar is open 7 days a week, hours listed. The kitchen ...

Hayes Seafood House

8900 Main St. Clarence , New York 14226 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Hayes Seafood House offers a wide variety of Fresh Seafood products and entrees for the Western New York region. Located at 8900 Main Street in Clarence, ...

Hideaway Grille

399 Division St Buffalo, New York 14120 • $$

AmericanBBQSeafoodSouthern

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Tucked away in North Tonawanda, the Hideaway Grille quickly welcomes you with its friendly, at-home atmosphere. Family owned and operated since 2000. Hideaway ...

Hoak’s

4100 Lake Shore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Friday fish fry and great view of Lake Erie and the city. ...

Hoovers Restaurant and Dairy Store

6035 Ward Rd Sanborn, NY 14132 • $$

Niagara County

Good old home cooking mixed with American Fare & WNY favorites. Old fashioned milk shakes, Perry's ice cream and custard served all year round. Daily ...

Jades Bar Restaurant

​4495 Broadway Street Depew, NY 14043 • $$

American

Cheektowaga and East

Jades has been a 30 yr staple!! Its new owner Pattie, has been with the family for 10 yrs!! She has brought back the original family recipes!! ...

JoAndy’s Place

858 Bloomingdale Rd Basom, NY 14013 • $$

Genesee County

Daily specials, homemade soup, Friday fish fry, Always striving for the best quality, always from scratch. ...

Joey’s Place

• $$

Other

Joey's Place is expanding at our new location! Joey's is still serving delicious homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, lasagna, beef on weck and more. ...

JP Fitzgeralds

4236 Clark St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesIrishPub FoodSeafoodSteakhouse

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Great Reubens and much more JP Fitzgerald s is the Southtowns hottest spot for casual fun with family and friends. From ワThe Best Reuben Sandwich ...

Kenmore Fish Market

3279 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$

North Buffalo

A local favorite for fresh fish and seafood to dine in or take out. Award winning chowder, renowned fried seafood, and tasty seaonal items found here! ...

Kodiak Jack’s

3481 Two Rod Road Buffalo, New York 14052 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot Dogs

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Come enjoy live music in our grove during the summer or a fish fry on Friday. When it comes to Kodiak Jack's there is always something fun to stop by and ...

La Hacienda Brighton

900 Brighton Rd Buffalo, New York 14150 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary it is fun to reflect back as to how La Hacienda Brighton started out from nothing and developed into one of the premier ...

Lancaster’s Broadway Deli

5430 Broadway Lancaster, New York 14086 • $

Cheektowaga and East

Broadway themed Sandwich Shop, Cafe $ Catering Company located in the Village of Lancaster, NY. We have an extensive sandwich and salad menu along with ...

Lebro’s

330 Cambell Blvd Buffalo, New York 14068 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot DogsItalianPizzaSeafoodSteakhouse

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Lebro s dishes are served to satisfy. That means we don t skimp on the preparation or the delicious ingredients that ensure your order tastes even better ...

Leo’s Pizza

2249 South Park Avenue Buffalo, New York 14220 • $$

Deli-SandwichesPizza

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Huge menu!! We specialize in pizza, but have a variety of other items like subs, burgers, specialty sandwiches, appetizers, and can't forget wings!! ...

Local Grille @ The Dome

8230 Wehrle Dr Harris Hill, New York 14221 • $$

AmericanBurgers

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

  Local Grille @ The Dome says: Local Grille is a year-round restaurant located at The Dome Complex, which is an indoor golf and entertainment ...

Lock 34 Bar & Grill

80 Main Street Buffalo, New York 14094 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot DogsSeafoodSteakhouse

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Located in Lockport, Lock 34 Bar $ Grill is a great place to bring your friends and watch a Bills or Sabres game. Happy Hour specials and live music are ...

Londa’s Diner

576 Dick Rd Depew, NY 14043 • $

American

Cheektowaga and East

We are family owned and operated diner located on the border of Cheektowaga and Depew in the Dick Urban plaza. Featuring Cathy's famous desserts as ...

Explore more guides with recommendations according to Western New Yorkers. Shout out to Step Out Buffalo intern’s for helping put together this guide!

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