Fresh fish? Check. Mac salad? Check. Potato salad, French fries, rye bread? Check, check, check. During Lent in Buffalo, there’s no shortage of neighborhood pubs, taverns, restaurants, and even churches serving up tender, delectable fish fry. With only so many Fridays left before Easter, you’ll want to make the most of each one by sampling the catch at these establishments that are just a little off the beaten path:
Crow’s Nest Tavern, 315 Campbell Blvd., Getzville
Known for its friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere, the Crow’s Nest Tavern offers traditional beer-battered fish fry or a healthier baked option. You can also expect a smorgasbord of sides along with your fry including delicious French fries and a crab macaroni salad. Pro tip: Arrive early as this fish fry hotspot fills up fast on Fridays, cash only.
Jades Bar & Restaurant, 4495 Broadway, Depew
This neighborhood bar and restaurant has been a staple of the Depew community for decades, serving Polish fare like golabki, sausage and pierogi. Although under new ownership, the “every day, year round” fish fry recipe has remained exactly the same – just as it was over 45 years ago.
McPartlan’s Corner, 669 Wehrle Dr., Buffalo
A local fish fry institution for half a century, McPartlan’s cooks up the quintessential fish fry – light, flaky and never greasy. As with most fish fry places, you get your choice of a half or whole haddock fillet, but what makes McPartlan’s unique is the wealth of other seafood options available including scallops, shrimp and clams.
Casey’s Tavern, 484 Amherst St., Buffalo
Located in the proud Black Rock community, Casey’s Tavern has been a neighborhood-favorite hangout forever – and that’s an understatement. If you’re looking for a no frills kind of fish fry joint, Casey’s is calling your name. Offering both beer-battered and breaded varieties, you’ll want to get to this Black Rock early as seating is limited.
Happy Swallow Bar & Restaurant, 1349 Sycamore St., Buffalo
This east side bar and restaurant will be packed to the gills during Lent. A very popular, breaded fish fry can be found at Happy Swallow in the weeks leading up to Easter. Served with all the fixins, this is the place to go to rub elbows with the local fish fry enthusiasts.
Rodney’s, 4179 Lakeshore Rd., Hamburg
Where else would you rather eat a tasty, fresh fish fry than right along the shores of Lake Erie? Located about 15 minutes south of Buffalo, Rodney’s puts a unique spin on their fry – serving a corn meal-coated fillet that has some people calling it one of the best in the region.
South Side Social, 444 Elk St., Buffalo
The South Side Social and Athletic Club, as it’s formally named, is as under-the-radar as you can get. Only open to the public on Fridays during Lent, entrance requires visitors to be “buzzed” in to dine on this deliciously battered South Buffalo fry. It’s all part of the experience!
Wiechec’s Lounge, 1748 Clinton St., Buffalo
On Clinton Street in Kaisertown lies an old-time fish fry purveyor that seems to be growing in popularity as the years pass by. Revered for their massively portioned haddock fillets (served breaded, battered, Cajun or broiled), Wiechec’s has held true to the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Boomerang’s Bar & Grill, 995 Niagara St., Buffalo
This west side restaurant’s motto is “food so good, you’ll keep coming back”. This statement couldn’t be more true as, over the years, tales of Boomerang’s fish fry prowess has spread throughout Buffalo and beyond, keeping lots of hungry fish fry fans coming back for more.