Much like compiling a list of the best chicken wing places in Western New York, putting together a comprehensive guide for the best fish fry places in our region is an extremely challenging task. For us or anyone for that matter, trying to identify the very best of the best locations to enjoy a fish fry dinner and not face some type of great backlash or tremendous outrage is nearly impossible.
Simply put, Western New Yorkers love to satisfy their craving for a quality fish fry, especially during this time of the year as we proceed through winter and head into spring. With the Lenten season upon us, we all know that on any given Friday during Lent you can expect to see people lining up for their favorite fish fry.
The following is a sampling of places located in the Northtowns that we have deemed among the best of the best. We know there are far many more great places to eat fish, but we strongly believe that a visit to any of these restaurants will result in a full belly and plenty of smiles around the table. Here they are in no particular order:
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1. Hayes Seafood House
8900 Main St, Clarence / More Info
This is a great local place to go with the family for a fish fry. It is quite obvious the owners take great pride in not only their food but the aesthetics of their restaurant since they have made various improvements over the past few years, including the creation of a very beautiful indoor patio. This is a calm and welcoming place that serves a fish fry that is huge and very tasty. The breaded fish fry is a meal that features a fresh and flaky haddock nicely complimented by a thin layer of bread crumbs. Each fish fry comes with a heaping portion of french fries.
2. McPartlan’s Corner
669 Wehrle Dr, Amherst / More Info
This is an eatery where quality is not sacrificed for quantity. Everything is delicious. A recent visit there found a fish fry dinner consists of a large piece of breaded haddock with a smaller piece on the side. For most, that means dinner on Friday night and a fish sandwich for lunch on Saturday afternoon. In addition to the crisp French fries, they have perfectly seasoned pasta and macaroni salads and go the extra mile with the a side of rye bread.
3. Otto’s Restaurant
3972 Union Rd, Buffalo / More Info
Another place that may not wow patrons with the aesthetics inside, but they provide a comfortable place to sit down and dig into a traditional Friday night fish fry. Ordering either their beer battered fish fry or their broiled fish dinner will please your taste buds with perfectly cooked fish and hearty portions of delicious side dishes. Come hungry and leave happy.
4. Pane’s Restaurant
984 Payne Ave, North Tonawanda / More Info
Very fun place to gather for a fish fry feast. They consistently offer a fresh haddock fish dish that is served with coleslaw, French fries and Italian pasta salad. Consider ordering your fish dinner “Cajun style” for a nice change of pace. Outstanding customer service, with plenty of experienced servers doing what they do best every Friday night.
5. Dome Stadium
200 Main St, Tonawanda / More Info
Another restaurant that those who do not live in Tonawanda may not be aware of, they serve up a fabulous fish fry. Nice atmosphere with a roaring fireplace to help warm you up on a cold Friday night. Many Northtowners say their battered fish fry is the best in all of Western New York. The fish is always fried to perfection and served with coleslaw and two other sides that can include french fries, baked potato, traditional potato salad, German potato salad, tuna macaroni salad or macaroni and cheese.
6. Sean Patrick’s Restaurant
3480 Millersport Hwy, Getzville / More Info
Sean Patrick’s is an Irish restaurant and their menu states they offer their “Famous Fish Fry” so it is expected to be good. This fish fry is available daily and can be made either beer battered or broiled. Sides include the classics, coleslaw and fries.
7. Dockside Bar & Grill
153 Sweeney St, North Tonawanda / More Info
Dockside Bar & Grill is located right along the canal in North Tonawanda, so for starters, you already have a great view with your meal. As for the fish fry itself, they offer a crispy beer battered haddock with a side of coleslaw, potato salad, and a boatload of fresh cut fries which is always a win in our book! Broiled and Cajun boiled options are also available.
8. Sawyer Creek Hotel
3264 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda / More Info
Known as “The Creek” by locals, this all American restaurant as expected, has a great fish fry. The fish fry here is dipped in a homemade beer batter and cooked to a golden brown. It is served with coleslaw, lemon, tartar sauce and your choice of french fries, hot german potato salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables or applesauce. It is also available in crispy panko breading.
9. Country Cottage
4072 Beach Ridge Rd, North Tonawanda / More Info
Country Cottage has a small hometown diner feel with the food to match. Offered on Fridays is a beer battered fish fry including your choice of potato, chef salad or soup or coleslaw and dinner roll. For an upgrade, substitute a side for their homemade mac and cheese. For other fish options they also offer a broiled lemon pepper and cajun haddock as well as a stuffed haddock wich is stuffed with broccoli and cheese -YUM!
10. Hideaway Grille
399 Division St, North Tonawanda / More Info
On Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent at Hideaway Grille you’ll find a huge selection of fish fry options including beer battered, breaded, broiled, and cajun broiled, as well as an Italian haddock option. Each entree is served with coleslaw and tuna macaroni salad, as well as a choice of potato or vegetable.
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This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.