Fish Fry Friday is all anyone can talk about right now, but for those with dietary restrictions, enjoying this Lenten meal is not as easy as heading to the closest local pub. Luckily, as dietary needs are becoming more prevalent, so are the amount of bars and restaurants accommodating to these needs. If you’re craving a taste of that good ol’ crispy Buffalo fish fry, here’s where you can find gluten-free and vegan options available in WNY:
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Gluten-Free Fish Fry
Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs
707 Kenmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14223 / More Info
They may be a hot dog joint, but don’t be fooled. Frank’s has mastered the Friday fish fry. During Lent, Frank’s does weekly fish fry Friday pop-ups offering both regular and gluten-free fish fries. They do however sell out real quick so be sure to get your pre-orders in before they’re gone!
Kith & Kin Bakeshop
5850 Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 / More Info
Kith & Kin is a 100% gluten-free bakeshop and cafe. On Fridays they offer a gluten-free battered or breaded haddock with a side of fries, slaw, tartar, and a roll. Slaw can also be substituted for a side of greens or soup!
Lancaster’s Broadway Deli
5430 Broadway, Lancaster, NY 14086 / More Info
Lancaster’s Broadway Deli is super gluten-free friendly offering a selection of cafe items that specifically pertain to those who cannot or choose not to eat gluten. Extending this into their fish fry Fridays, a gluten-free option is available along with gluten-free sides as well!
O’Brien’s West End Inn
340 Union Street, Hamburg, NY 14075 / More Info
O’Brien’s West End Inn has a huge menu of pub food and comfort food favorites including a dedicated section for those with gluten restrictions. On their Fish Fry Fridays, they offer a gluten-free Redbridge beer battered haddock fried in their dedicated gluten free fryer and served with coleslaw and a choice of baked potato or French fries.
Vegan Fish Fry
Strong Hearts Buffalo
295 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14201 / More Info
Strong Hearts Buffalo is a 100% Vegan restaurant which means they know a thing or two when it comes to perfecting a vegan fish fry. Strong Hearts describes their fish fry as a “breaded and deep-fried banana blossoms (they taste nothing like bananas!), with housemade tartar sauce, dill pickle chips, shredded lettuce, tomato, and fresh dill on a toasted hoagie roll. Served with a side of fries and fresh lemon wedges.”
Sunshine Vegan Eats
893 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info
Another popular 100% vegan restaurant, Sunshine Vegan Eats offers two fish alternatives on their menu. The Legendary Fish sandwich – Flavorful Fish filet topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, vegan tartar sauce on a brioche bun, served with hand-cut fries! (Contains soybean) and The Big Fred –Fried fish and shrimp, tartar sauce and fries.
The Beer Keep
1002 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222 / More Info
Everyone knows a beer and fish fry are a match made in heaven. For those who are vegan, head to The Beer Keep on Friday to get your hands on their homemade plant-based fish fry and enjoy a frothy drink.