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We asked, you answered: Best places to get a fish fry in Western New York

Buffalo fish fries are special — different from what you'd find in Cleveland, Milwaukee or some other cities. 

How?

It mostly comes down to carbs and sides (There are right ones and wrong ones to get, according to News food critic Andrew Galarneau's power rankings.)

And they come with a long history, too.

Fish fry socials "were the Facebooks of their time. That’s where people networked and shared business things, social things, pictures of their kids,” Eddy Dobosiewicz told News reporter Mary Kunz Goldman. "They were the Facebook of their generation."

Since eating a fish fry during Lent is among our 100 things every Western New Yorker should do at least once (regardless of whether you're Catholic), we asked our Facebook audience for their favorite fish fry spots and got 70 recommendations. Here are your favorites:

  • The Eldredge Bicycle Club
    • 17 Broad St., Tonawanda, N.Y. 14150
      (716) 693-3589
  • American Legion
    • 83 Market St., Attica, N.Y. 14011
      (585) 591-3255
  • Black Water Tavern & Tap
  • Curry's
  • St. John’s Community Church of Eden
    • 2871 East Church St., Eden, N.Y. 14057
  • Audobon North
    • 3050 Sweet Home Rd, Amherst, NY 14228
      (716) 691-9248
  • Wilson Fire Co.
  • The Moose Hall on South Park
    • 2019 South Park Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14220
      (716) 823-3323
  •  Santora's
  • Hole in the Wall Restaurant
  • Conner’s Restaurant
    • 3465 Seneca St., West Seneca, N.Y. 14224
      connorsofwestseneca.com
      (716) 674-9945
  • The Olive Branch Family Restaurant
  • Wiechec's Lounge
    • 1748 Clinton St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14206
      (716) 823-2828
  • Matka's And Papa's
    • 5044 Broadway, Depew, N.Y. 14043
      (716) 684-6556
  • Casey's Tavern
    • 484 Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14207
      (716) 877-9858
  • Rodney's
    • 4179 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, N.Y. 14075
      rodneysonthelake.com
      (716) 627-5166
  • Elma Towne Grille
  • Hamburg Moose Lodge
  •  Jades Restaurant
  • Springbrook Fire
  •  Mr. Bill's 
  • Hat Trix
  • Village Bakery and Pizza
  • Zollingers
    • 6814 Erwin Road, Cherry Creek, N.Y. 14723
  • Nick's Place Express
    • 2466 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, N.Y. 14217
      (716) 877-0088
  • Athena’s Family Restaurant
  • Al-E-Oops
    • 5389 Genesee St., Lancaster, N.Y. 14086
      (716) 681-0200
  • Gardenview Restaurant 
  •  Vizzi's 
  • Kellys Corner
    • 524 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304
      (716) 283-2040
  •  Seneca Hawk
  • McPartlan's Corner
  • Water Valley Inn
  • Peg's Place
  • The Eagle House
  •  Polish Villa II
  • Leonard Post VFW Post
  • Southside Social & Athletic Club
    • 444 Elk St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14210
      (716) 825-9264
  • Buffalo Irish Center
  • Potters Field Restaurant & Pub
    • 425 Potters Road, Buffalo, N,Y .14220
      (716) 824-1353
  • Kenilworth Fire Co.
  • Hamlin House
  • Kiebzak's Restaurant and Beginnings Banquets
  • Dom Polski Club
    • 576 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, N.Y. 14120
      (716) 692-8327
  • Third Warders Club
  • Grovers Bar & Grill
    • 9160 Transit Road, East Amherst, N.Y. 14051
      (716) 636-1803
  • Mister Dee's
  • Mister B's
  • The Dome Stadium
  • The Beach House Restaurant
    • 1002, 5584 E River Road, Grand Island, N.Y. 14072
      www.grandislandbeachhouse.com
      (716) 773-7119
  • The Village Inn
  • Crow's Nest Tavern
    • 315 Campbell Blvd., Getzville, N.Y. 14068
      (716) 688-9814
  • North End Bar & Grill
  • French Pub
    • 1250 French Road, Depew, N.Y. 14043
      (716) 668-8080
  • Mayville Diner
    • 7 W Chautauqua St., Mayville, N.Y. 14757
      (716) 753-3887
  • Lakewood Rod & Gun Inc.
  • Shaky's
  • Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets
  • The Hollow Bistro & Brew
  • Sneaker's
    • 205 Martin Ave., Blasdell, N.Y. 14219
      (716) 825-9247
  • Glen Park Tavern
  • Marco's Italian Restaurant
  • Gadawski's
  • Maybacks Deli
    • 1598 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, N.Y. 14150
      (716) 835-0115
  • Hoak's
    • 4100 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, N.Y. 14075
      (716) 627-4570
  • Wellington Pub
  • Wallenwein's Hotel
    • 641 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora, N.Y. 14052
      (716) 652-9801
  • Sean Patrick's Restaurant
  • Davidson's Family Restaurant

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Did we miss your favorite fish fry spot? Or do you have any recommendations for good gluten-free fish fry spots? Leave your recommendations in the comment section below.

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