Buffalo Fish Fry Reviewing any diner, dive, or restaurant that serves fish fry's.


O’Briens – Hamburg NY

Location 32 Main Street, Hamburg, NY  14075

Phone: 716-646-6328

Price: $ 9.99

Ambiance: The Restaurant is a deli with a "cafe" in the front of the Store.  There is a old bar that is quite charming and very unique, made from old lumber, shutters, etc.  There are two tables out in front on the sidewalk for outside dining.  The seating area is quite small but very inviting.

Service: Our service was great.  We were able to choose where we wanted to sit and our waitress came right away to take our orders.  She talked about the restaurant, our choices of the daily specials, and took our orders promptly. 

Food: Our food was good.  It was served very HOT, and included Rye Bread, Cole Slaw, Marconi salad and our Beer battered fish.  Although I am sure the rye bread was fresh, it was very dry.  My guess would be that the package was open allowing the air to dry it out.  The salads were homemade and very good.  The cole slaw appeared to be chopped in a food processor and was very fine.  I enjoyed it, my husband would have preferred to have it chopped a little less fine.  Our Fish was very hot, not very large and the batter did not taste like beer batter.  It tasted more like a plain batter and was a bit boring to me.

Beers on tap: Southern Tier IPA, Flying Bison, Raspberry Wheat

Recommendation:  3 1/2 Fins

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Town & Country Family Restaurant Alden

We did not like the Town & Country Family Restaurant in Alden and it received a 1 fin.


We visited this restaurant before we started doing formal ratings with photos, and reviews.


We are adding it on our site because we really wanted to keep a log of all the places we have been in the past 2 years.


The Hearth & Vine – Lockport NY

Location: 5949 Campbell Blvd. Lockport, NY  14094

Phone:  716-434-8463

Price: $  10.00

Ambiance: The night I was there the restaurant had just reopen for business and was very busy.  It's a pleasant building and has a large bar area off the side of the dining room.  I am not sure what it's style is, but it offers a friendly atmosphere.  My only complaint is that they are using fold up chairs in the dining room and they were very uncomfortable  they reminded me of chairs used for playing cards.


Service: Our service was ok.  Since this was a grand opening weekend I think the service probably suffered a little.  Our waitress was very nice, but our meals came out at different times and they were a bit confused.

Food: They had a happy hour going on that included a appetizer table while we waited for our table to celebrate their grand opening. The appetizers were great including veggies, Swedish meatballs, chicken fingers, quiche etc.

I order their Friday fish fry, and it was ok.  I think the focus of the restaurant is not Fish Fry, and that other items on the menu might be more interesting. It was not served with rye bread and only had one side, coleslaw, that tasted more store bought than homemade.

Recommendation: I would probably go back but I would wait for them to become more established first.

Website: www.hearthandvine.com

Two 1/2 fins


Wallenwein’s Hotel, East Aurora NY

Location: 641 Oakwood Ave, East Aurora NY 14052

Phone:  716-652-9801

Price: $  9.99

Ambiance: Wallenweins is located in the Village of East Aurora in a Century old building and they have added a large front porch for outside dining with a roof over head.  The night we were there was a beautiful Buffalo night and there was no seating available outside so we ate inside.  We were a bit disappointed that they did not have any air condition on but there was plenty of seats available.    The decorations inside the restaurant have a sports theme, including turf from the Buffalo Bills Stadium.  The building is old but claims it's own charm because of it's historic value.

Service: We did not have to wait for seating inside and the waitress was quick to take our orders.  Our waitress took good care of us, she was efficient but not overly  friendly.  Although it took quite a while for our food to arrive at our table, it was very hot and worth the wait.

Food: We both ordered the Beer Battered Fish Fry with French fries.  It was served with a slice of Rye bread, coleslaw, macaroni salad and french fries.  The salad were very good and it was nice to have the slice of Rye bread served with our meal.  The Macaroni salad was very good as well and our fish was excellent, it was very hot, very crispy, the fish was tender and tasty.  The batter used for the fish was particularly flavorful.  I don't know what beer they used but the flavor came through very well.

Recommendation: I would recommend Wallenwein's for a fish fry, it very good and the location is fun


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We enjoyed Mandy's Restaurant on Clinton Street in West Seneca.


we rated it as 4 fins


We visited this restaurant before we started doing formal ratings with photos, and reviews.


We are adding it on our site because we really wanted to keep a log of all the places we have been in the past 2 years.


W.J. Morrissey

Location: 30 Mississippi Street, Buffalo NY  (Cobblestone District)

Phone:  716-852-0930

Price: $  12.50

Ambiance: The outside of the restaurant is very inviting.  The restaurant doe s look to be much larger from the outside than it is on the inside, but this is not a problem.   When you enter the decor is very Irish and you can tell that the owned have worked hard to have their theme carry throughout the place.  The wood was beautiful, the bar was inviting and different, there were bistro tables place around the bar area that were very appealing.

We were seated right away and were presented with menu, on the cover of the menu was the story of the restaurant.  They have take every effort to create a authentic Irish Pub and imported the wood and furniture.

Service: Our waitress was very energetic and friendly.  She has only worked there for a few weeks but was quick to tell us that she loved it there.    She also told us since it was restaurant week, we could have our 2 fish fry, two soups and 2 drafts for $20.12.

Food: We had the soup which was served hot and quickly.  I had the New England Clam Chowder, my husband had the Potato Leek soup.  Both soups were very good.  Our fish came out next, and was very hot.  We could not eat it for a few minutes.  It was fresh and crispy, service on a abundance of french fries with a small amount of Coleslaw .  We were disappointed that the traditional side of potato and macaroni salads were not served, nor was the slice of rye bread.

Recommendation: I would recommend WJ Morrissey for a fish fry, it's good, but not a good representation of a Buffalo Fish Fry.

Three Fins

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Polish Villa Part Two

Location: 10835Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, NY  14227

Phone:  822-4908

Price: $  10.45

Ambiance: As soon as you arrive at the Polish Villa Part Two, you easily realize this is a old time family polish restaurant.  The Art work on the outside of the building is continued inside with similar etchings on the glass area that separated the bar from the Hostess area.  As we were waiting to be seating, we talked to the people in front of us on line.  A man and his Mom, they were regulars at the Polish Villa Part Two as well as the original Polish Villa on Union Road.  They were both very friendly and interesting to chat with.  This atmosphere continued thought the restaurant.  At one table there were 4 guys playing cards as they ate and appeared to be having a great time.

The restaurant was very comfortable and inviting.  We asked the waitress to tell us about the place.  She informed us that the building has been there for over 30 years and that the Kutas Family owns the restaurant.  The the Dad runs the Union Road location and the Son runs the Harlem Road location.

The restaurant closed for a few years about 6  years ago, and although it's now open, they only are open on Friday Nights.  On Saturday's they operate as a banquet hall doing weddings and other events.

Service: Our waitress was very good.  She took our orders and provided appropriate drinks.  My husband wanted to know what their most popular  beer was.  After a discussion about the beer He was told it was a Polish Beer, so that is what he ordered.  I had a diet soda.

Food: My husband order the "Famous Fish Fry" while I deviated from my normal fish fry to try their Stuffed Haddock.  When I saw the fish fry delivered to a near by table I was disappointed that I had made the selection that I did, but I was lucky that my Husband let me have a taste of all his meal.

We were both disappointed to see that they used "processed" french fries.  Personally, I am not a fan of french fries made from mashed potatoes.  The meal has a wonderful appearance, but the fish was not very crispy and the batter was bland.  We were told that they did make their own beer batter and use "flat" light beer.    The fish was  fresh and good.  We were delighted to see that the traditional three sides were served with the fish, and all tasted fresh and homemade, but were a little bland.

My meal, pictured to the left, was not what I expected, although it was good.  I had the Stuffed Haddock, stuffed with crab meat and spinach.  I did not expect the tomato toppings on the meal but it was good.  I was also surprised to have the mashed potatoes served with the gravy already on it,  I would have preferred to have had it on the side but it was good.  I also had green bean.

Recommendation: I would recommend The Polish Villa Two for a Fish Fry.  They had many wonderful attributes and rated right in the middle of the field.

Three Fins

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Black Thorn Rest.

Location: Seneca Street Buffalo NY  14210

Phone: (716) 825-9327

Price: $  12.99

Ambiance: This is a old  family run restaurant that had a great charming atmosphere.  As soon as you arrive the energy in the bar area was immediately noticed.    We checked in with the hostess and was told that the wait would be about 30 minutes.  We had a drink at the bar.  After a bit of time had gone by the hostess came to us and offered to buy us a drink because she felt bad about our wait.

Service: The service was prompt and friendly.  We were greeted upon entering and were seating right away.   Our hostess took our drink orders and the waitress was quick to take our orders too.

Food: Our meal was very good.  The fish had a crispy exterior and a tender inside.

Rating: 4 1/2 fin

Recommendation: I would highly recommend them for a Buffalo fish fry


O’Daniel’s Gin Mill & Grill

Location: 1305 Abbott Road,  Lackawanna, NY

Phone:  716-675-6456

Price: $  9.99

Ambiance: The exterior had a inviting look and was very welcoming.  The inside was very typical of a Buffalo Bar, it was full of people, had booths across the front with windows to the road.  The tables and bar area were all one room, resulting is a very loud environment.

Service: Our waitress came to our table quickly and took our drink order.  She returned to take our dinner order, she was friendly.   Our service was good, except when we were ready to leave, it took a long time for the waitress to arrive with our bill

Food: We were immediately disappointed with our meal.  The fish was very greasy, it even had a shinny appearance.  The Potato salad was very "eggy" and was not very good.  The macaroni salad was ok, but very runny, but the coleslaw was good.   The fish was the most bland fish I have ever had, I asked the waitress what kind of fish it was.  She told me it was Cod, that did explain why it did not taste right.  The traditional Buffalo Fish Fry is always Haddock.  It was very greasy and not crispy at all.   The french fry's were the highlight of the meal.  They were crispy and very good.  I did not eat much of my dinner.

Rye bread was served at the table but it was quite dry.

Rating: 1  1/2  fins

Recommendation: I would NOT recommend O'Daniel's for a fish fry.

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