Lent begins next week and that means it will soon be fish fry season in Buffalo and Western New York.

The fish fry is popular in a lot of places but it's taken very seriously here in the Western New York region. Every Friday during Lent most restaurants who serve a fish fry make sure to stock up and cook it up to perfection, served with all the appropriate sides (bread, mac & cheese, potato salad, coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon).

My mom and dad used to always get a fish fry every week during Lent when I was a kid and it's a tradition I also try to keep.

There are plenty of awesome places for a good fish fry in Western New York, but here are some of the absolute best. As always, let us know what we missed and thank you to all the local restaurants and bars in Buffalo who have served us over these incredibly tough past 12 months.

Best Fish Fry Stops in WNY: 2021 Lenten Fish Fry Guide