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Buffalo (area) Fish Fry w/ actual fresh fish?

tardigrade Jun 14, 2013 08:10 PM

I'm gearing up for my annual trip to Buffalo, and again, I'm looking for interesting restaurants. The constraints: I'll have my elderly, mobility-limited mother in tow, so it must be wheel-chair accessible. I'd love a good fish fry made with non-frozen fish, there being this big lake nearby. Are there any places near Buffalo that serve fresh fried fish (and no, Hoak's isn't one of them)?

Also, are there any must-do places that opened in the past year? We're staying with relatives in Hamburg, so places in that area would be best.
(Mulberry's is already on the list)


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    Nadala Jun 24, 2013 09:02 PM

    Hayes Seafood House, attached to Hayes Fish Market on Main Street in Clarence, is one place where you can make sure when you order that the fish they fry for you is fresh. Best variety and quality of fish and seafood in the region. As a dine-in experience it is no-frills. Still, the prices are high and the service is not always pleasant.

    There is virtually zero commercial fishing for New York State markets from Lake Erie. It's all sport fishing in NY; only Ontario and to lesser extent Ohio still have Erie-based commercial fishing.

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      tardigrade Jun 28, 2013 05:41 PM

      Thanks - maybe next trip if I'm able to get away from my rather non-adventurous family.

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      Nadala Jun 16, 2013 02:29 PM

      Fish fries are out of season now. They're traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent. I don't go in for it, but locals seem to like McPartlan's on Wehrle in Cheektowaga. Out of season I'm not sure whether they have it.

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        tardigrade Jun 16, 2013 11:01 PM

        Old-style Catholics Buffalonians had fish fries every Friday, since it was a day of abstinence pre-Vatican II. They weren't seasonal. And there's this big lake near Buffalo that has a goodly number of fish in it. They aren't seasonal. I know McPartlan's: my relatives universally say it's overpriced stodge. Creekside at least has a decent view, although the fish is not the freshest.

        The waitress at Hoak's last year seemed boggled by the thought of serving non-frozen and pre-breaded fish. Pity, since Lake Erie has been cleaned up enough that there's now decent fishing.

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