Updated March 2020
Whether you do it for religious reasons or because you just like to go with the flow, many of us don’t mind giving up meat around this time of year because of a glorious tradition – fish fry Friday! It’s possible that you already have your go-to fish fry joint, but if you’re open to trying out some new places, keep reading. After all, this is an opportunity to really get to know the fish fries of WNY, and decide for yourself who serves the best one. In the name of research I’ve gone ahead and volunteered myself to try a bunch and report back – one for each Friday of lent.
432 Franklin St in Buffalo
These guys have been around the block, serving up their haddock beer battered fish fry with sides of coleslaw, flavorful macaroni salad, and choice of side for $14.95. For an appetizer try the French Onion Soup or their shrimp cocktail. They’re kind of unreal. At Hamlin House, it feels like you’re enjoying dinner in your friend’s beautiful house, and we love it. For a full rundown, check out our full review of Hamlin House from last year.
1748 Clinton St in Buffalo
Wiechec’s, where the fish is so big it’s practically hanging off the plate! It comes out beer battered and super crispy with piles of fries, coleslaw, macaroni salad, potato salad and bread for just $14.00. Not a bad deal if you ask me! If you have any doubts, know that this one comes highly recommended by locals.
6933 S Transit Rd in Lockport
NYBP offers three smaller pieces of fresh, beer battered Atlantic cod. The beauty of three separate pieces is the fact that you get more crunchy fried ends on your plate. This comes with fries and probably the most unique side you’ll ever find – a flight of NYBP beers. The flight consists of three 5 ounce portions of the brewery’s Lockport Lager, GameDay, and Destination IPA, which pairs perfectly with the fish dinner. The whole shebang is just $14, but if you want to skip the beer you can get it for $12. We can’t thank you enough for this opportunity New York Beer Project.
Parker’s Proper Fish & Chips
1216 S Park Ave in Buffalo
The Icelandic cod at Parker’s is smothered in their *top secret* batter recipe and served with fresh fries for $15. Be warned – fish fry is an American thing, so you probs don’t want to use that terminology here. Also, they don’t serve typical fish fry accouterments like tarter sauce. In addition to their authentic UK fish and chips, they offer meat pies and a very interesting “Battered Sausage and Chips” made with handmade British sausage deep-fried until crispy. Say whaaaaaat?
864 Kenmore Ave in Buffalo
Fish fry Fridays at Curry’s include a large beer batter fish fry served with coleslaw, macaroni salad, your choice of either French fries, rice, baked potato, or German potato salad (Friday’s only), and some rye bread for $13.95. Fish sandwiches are also available served on a roll with lettuce and plump tomato and your choice of fries, coleslaw, or macaroni salad for $10.50 – a nice alternative if you ask me.
55 Crosspoint Pkwy in Getzville
On Fridays the Ale House serves up a gargantuan serving of haddock, beer battered until crispy served with potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and French fries for $14.99. OR throw that giant fish fry on a bun, served with all the sides for just $13.99.
6861 Main St in Williamsville
A usual hangout for anyone who often finds themselves starving and looking for a yummy meal at a reasonable price, Brewpub has a whole bunch of classics on their menu (read: chicken wing dip, pizza, burgers, wings), plus they serve their Icelandic haddock beer battered fish fry served with coleslaw, mac salad, and your choice of fries or potato salad every. damn. day. Pro tip, their fries are great, but go for the potato salad! Grab a regular portion for $14.99 or a small for $10.99.
189 Delaware Ave in Buffalo
Sidelines’ fish fry is served daily with a hefty portion of beer battered haddock served with mac salad, coleslaw, hand cut fries, fresh lemon, and a side of tartar sauce for $14.25. I suggest sharing a serving of the stuffed banana peppers loaded with a blend of different cheeses and bread crumbs for a crispy finish. Before serving, they top the peppers with a sweet basil marinara sauce and serve them over toasted garlic bread. Boom.
3316 Bailey Ave in Buffalo
When I first saw the menu for Bailey Seafood, I was seriously intrigued. It includes some “normal” stuff like clam strips and fish sandwiches, but beyond that, the menu far exceeds the items you’re used to seeing at the average pub. FYI this is not a pub. It’s more of a fast food fish eatery meets fish shop, with to-go menu items like buttermilk battered oysters, frog legs, deviled crab in the shell, hand breaded smelts, okra, crawfish, and catfish just to name a few.
If you’re in the mood for fish and fish only, they serve fried fish by the piece for a very reasonable price, which includes a whole catfish for $7.49, perch for $3.39, haddock for $5.89, red snapper for $4.79 and everything else in between. They even offer free items when you spend a certain amount. For example, you get a free slice of sweet potato pie with a $20 purchase, a free serving of their homemade tartar sauce with a $25 purchase or a free serving of their hand breaded okra with a $25 purchase. Grab one of their classic fish dinners served with homemade coleslaw, tartar sauce (theirs is to die for), and hush puppies for $8.49 with combos available if you’d like a few added items. Just remember this is a takeout place. You can even place your order online here so you can scoop it up on your way home from work. Brilliant!