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It’s Lent: Fire It Up for the Fish Fry Frenzy!

This may be the perfect time to renew your prescription for your favorite statin drug-- you know, the kind that controls cholesterol.
Why? Because the beginning of Lent offers Catholics a chance to observe their meatless Friday while breaking bread with members of the community, whether it be in a church hall, a fast-food restaurant or white-linen high end bistro.

As a number of religious leaders have noted, the fish fry is a great way to feed “one’s soul and one’s belly” while enjoying a shared meal and an annual tradition that has endured for years.

While the custom has stood the test of time, some of the menu items have changed to reflect healthier eating habits. I prefer baked fish with macaroni salad and a spicy cole slaw. The obligatory rye bread is the perfect complement to the fish.

The variations are as numerous as the fish fry choices around town during this Lenten season. I look forward to hearing from you. Remember, you can be among the first to know when I post hot off the press columns. Simply text BITES to 30930 and you’ll get the alert on your phone!

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02/21/2012 2:02PM
It’s Lent: Fire It Up for the Fish Fry Frenzy!
What is on your favorite eatery during the fish fry frenzy? Do you prefer the traditional fried fish with fries, cole slaw and potato/mac salad or something completely different?
02/21/2012 2:40PM
Can't be beat
Try Sweeney Hose Co. #7 on Zimmerman St. in North Tonawanda. Serving from 4-8 on Fridays. $8.05 brings you huge fish, choice of sides and in house beverage. Take out is also available.
02/21/2012 3:06PM
One of the best fish fries around..
The Marlboro Inn~ Ward Rd. in Sanborn N.Y 716-731-9012..Awesome fish fries.
02/21/2012 3:28PM
2 great places!
Grover's on Transit Road in East Amherst, and Glen Park Tavern on Main Street in Williamsvile (Glen Park Tavern has them everyday not only fridays)
02/21/2012 4:10PM
Brenda...Send them to Panes in Tonawanda and see Jim Pane....Best Beer Battered they'll ever have! Or my wife's favorite, Haddock Scampi!
02/21/2012 4:25PM
Fried Fish is Out! Au Natural is in...
Plenty of places offer great fish without throwing in a heart attack. The Plaka has great Greek fish. Frank's Sunny Italy has a fantastic Ash Wednesday spread. Hayes is always great as well.
02/21/2012 4:30PM
Almost 50 years of serving a fish fry...
That's Wiechec's in Kaisertown. The whole fish fry is enough for two people, so order a couple pierogis as an appetizer and split that big old fish fry with somebody else at the table.
02/21/2012 5:43PM
Serving Haddock for 20 years
Buffalo Tap Room & Grill has been serving lightly breaded haddock for over 20 years.It also sells a variety of other seafood dinners including dry scallops fried or pan seared.
02/21/2012 6:19PM
Never disappointed
I know an ice cream place isn't thought of as the best place for a fish fry, but if you travel to downtown Derby, the Super Freeze right in the middle of town has an awesome one. The atmosphere is great too, decorated like an old 50's diner.Just look for the giant dude with the cheeseburger(those are really good too!)
02/21/2012 7:31PM
Two good ones
Pizza Supreme on Sheridan near Harris Hill in Clarence, and Edge of Town on Genesee near Harlem. No skimping on the side orders.
02/21/2012 8:26PM
Gratwick Hose VFC In North Tonawanda
110 ward Rd. beer battered, breaded, baked, baked Cajun w/ fries or baked potato & sides. You won't be disappointed.
02/21/2012 9:46PM
Apple Granny Resturant has the BEST Beer Battered Haddock!!!
Go to Apple Granny's in Lewiston and you will enjoy the most wonderful beer battered Fish fry ever! Their baked is great also, and they have specials too. And for those who don't like fish, try their chicken wings, sandwiches and burgers! YOu will not be disappointed!
02/21/2012 9:49PM
fish fry at It's Greek to Me on Delaware near Sheridan Dr. You will love it! The Mac. salad and sweet fries just add to a great plate!
02/21/2012 9:50PM
Location Surprise!
Believe it or not, there is a fabulous fish fry at the Original Pancake House (multiple locations). I actually prefer the baked fish there and the slaw is super!
02/21/2012 9:58PM
Perfect side dish
Tell Sandy Beach he's right--sweet potato fries are the best! They are my face side dish along with Cajun fish and Cole slaw. Oh yeah!
02/21/2012 11:26PM
Best in Buffalo
The Plaka Restaurant at 2904 Delaware Ave in Kenmore. The fish is so fresh and the beer batter so light. Cole slaw and fries amazing. Or, you can get Greek potatoes instead. My mouth is watering just writing about it! Enjoy.
02/22/2012 6:19AM
Best Fish Fry !
We love McPartland's in Cheektowaga for a great fish fry.
02/22/2012 6:26AM
Sawyer's Creek - Town of Wheatfield, New York
Simply the best fish fry in WNY. It's fresh and crispy served promptly along with all the trimmings. The staff is very polite with a warm welcome! You'll enjoy the meal and you will go away satisfied and full ready to come back as quickly as you can. And the fish fry is served 7 days a week.
02/22/2012 8:59AM
Barry's Bar & Grill Amherst St Buffalo
Barry's Bar & Grill one of Buffalo's best kept secrets, has exceptional food, fish fry, done several ways, homemade sides, a Potato of the Day each week or fries or potato salad, is terrific. 873-1206
02/23/2012 9:25PM
Crow's Nest Tavern Getzville
The best fish fry in Buffalo- huge fish and awesome home made sides - crab macaroni salad, coleslaw and the best German potato salad since my Grandma's.
02/24/2012 7:01PM
Kenmore Village Restaurant Military Rd Kenmore
Super great fish fry - so many different ways - I like the beer batter the best (7 dif potato choices to boot( and homemade salads (mac salad and slaw) alongside - they make their own oyster stew and chowders - and have homemade desserts too !!
03/05/2012 3:34PM
Tips on Sandy's show
Great tip today on Sandy's show! Keep them coming!
03/11/2012 7:52AM
Ulrichs has a German fish fry that is delicious. Breaded fish fry served with potato panccakes and sauted vegetables. At 13.95 a little more than the usual, but it is delicious!!!!
02/15/2013 9:07AM
Ulrich's German Fish Fry is no more
Just a heads-up, I used to go to Ulrich's purely for that delicious German Fish Fry and it is no longer on the menu. When I asked about it, the waitress asserted that it never was! Now you can get a German Fish Platter but I wouldn't recommend it. I believe it is beer-battered like a traditional fish fry, comes with french fries, potato pancake (that's a lot of potatoes!) and sauerkraut. No real veggies to speak of. I'd advise you not to go out of your way for Ulrich's Fish Fry any more.
03/22/2013 2:45PM
Italian Pan Fried Fish at Lisa & Bob's Citta di Militello
If you want to try something a little different, the Italian Pan fried Haddock at Militellos is delicious. Served with homemade coleslaw and fresh vegetables or pasta of your choice. They also have great baked fish options. Very centrally located too at the corner of Wherle and Union Roads in the Catalyst Fitness Plaza.
02/26/2014 2:58PM
Nickel Creek. Cafe -Corner of Clinton and Borden in West Seneca
Nickel Creek Cafe located at 4717 Clinton Street, W. Seneca, NY 716-656-1112 Fish Fry dinners will be available on. Friday and Wednesday during the Lent season. A senior fish is available from 11am- 4pm. From traditional fish fry to speciality fish dinners to the Fisherman's Platter. Huge portions served with homemade macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw & French fries
02/18/2015 11:38AM
Athena,s in Tonawanda,. On young st.
huge fish fries. best in tonawamda.
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