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

4Apr/110

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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18Mar/110

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.

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