Yep, it’s that time of the year (for those of you living under rocks, it’s Lent, look it up). Every Western New Yorker knows Fridays are for fish fries. We’ve basically trademarked the delicious, greasy dish. We figured we’d save you the Google work, and hand you a list of restaurant bars around town serving up some killer fish fries (and beer).
2134 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210
This Irish pub serves up one heck of a fish fry (on Fridays)– and it’s HUGE. Beer-battered, breaded or broiled, they do it right. And while you’re there, do yourself a favor and get the homemade jalapeño cheddar tater tots- they are TO DIE FOR.
1104 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222
Expect nothing less than a delicious, boozy Guinness-battered haddock fish fry experience from your typical Friday night dive bar. And the coleslaw (a MUST) is as good as it gets.
The Dome Stadium
200 Main St, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Who would’ve thought?! This little old bar is doing something right, because their fish fry is 👌. And let’s not forget about sides- the homemade potato salad is also DELISH.
Ebenezer Ale House
4348 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224
They’ve got a great beer selection, and an even better fish fry! It’s not too greasy, and has just the right amount of crisp. Go for the fish fry, and stay for the beer (they’re open ’til 4am, folks).
73 Hamburg St, Buffalo, NY 14204
We know you shameless beer-lovers out there care more about the beer than the food. Well, you’re in luck. This place has got everything you’re looking for. They’re cooking up something special in the seafood department (on Wednesdays and Fridays) that pairs perfectly with any drink🍺.
432 Franklin St. Buffalo / 716-885-8084
We couldn’t make a killer fish fry list without adding Hamlin House. The batter is light and fluffy, the fish inside is the perfect flavor/weight/color/everything, and the vibe is as old school as it gets. Wanna know more? Good because we wrote aaaall about it here. PSA: It’s almost impossible to get in this place on Friday’s.
Hoak’s Lakeshore Restaurant
4100 Lake Shore Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075
What’s a good fish fry without the tarter sauce (amirite)? Well here ya go. It’s not your typical tarter, but it’s about to be your fav. Now pair that with a phenomenal fish fry.
669 Wehrle Dr, Buffalo, NY 14225
They have a fab breaded haddock- and what’s even better, they give you TWO (aka one-to-go). And let me tell you, a McPartlan’s fish fry is just as good on the second day (and third).
1500 Cleveland Dr, Buffalo, NY 14225
You said you’re looking for a freaking good fish fry without the Friday night crowd? Let me introduce you to your new favorite day of the week: Wednesday. (They also serve them on Fridays FYI). Choose from an original, lemon pepper or cajun style fry.
One word: YUM. That goes for both the fish fry AND the mac salad- and you don’t have to sacrifice a potato for it (!!!). The meal is literally picture-perfect (#plus).
1748 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY 14206
Not to overwhelm you or anything, but expect to be served a WHALE fry crisped to the max (it literally hangs off the edge of the plate). It will eat you up if you don’t eat it fast (jk guys, it’s not actually alive).
Water Valley Inn
6656 Gowanda State Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075
We’ll end here (sad face, I know😢) with an old-fashioned, classic, darn good fish fry. It’s moist, flakey, and cooked to perfection. Bottom line: never underestimate the “oldie but goodies.”