Buffalo Spree: Fish Fry Season!

February 22, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 22, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Buffalo Spree Food Editor Christa Glennie Seychew kicked off "Fish Fry" season on "Eyewitness News This Morning" with a visit to Joe's Deli on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo.

The history and background of the "Fish Fry" is tied to the season of Lent, and is big business in Western New York for restaurants, churches, and charities.

Eyewitness News would like to know about your favorite "Fish Fry" locations - send an e-mail to news@wkbw.com and we will post them online.

In addition, you can read more at a special website just for hungry folks like you...it is called www.buffalofishfry.com. A husband and wife decided to post reviews on a website that people can comment on. A link to that site can be found at the "News Links" section of wkbw.com.

Here is more on the history of all this, according to Wikipedia:

A fish fry is a meal containing battered or breaded fried fish. It typically also includes french fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, lemon slices, tartar sauce, malt vinegar and dessert. Some Indian versions are cooked by coating fish with semolina and egg yolk.

Fish is often served on Friday nights during Lent as a restaurant special; such a menu offering is sometimes "all you can eat" and occasionally family style (serving dishes brought to and left at the table). Beer is a common beverage of choice to accompany a fish fry. A fish fry may include potato pancakes (with accompanying side dishes of sour cream or applesauce) and sliced caraway rye bread if served in a German restaurant or area.

Fish fries are very common in the Midwestern and northeastern regions of the United States. This is especially true for predominantly Roman Catholic communities on Fridays during Lent, when regulations calling for abstaining from most meat products.

Battered or breaded haddock and cod fish fry is one of the trademarks of upstate New York cuisine, especially Buffalo, as well as Rochester, Albany, Syracuse, New York, and Utica, New York. The majority of restaurants in these cities serve a fish fry on Friday, even outside Lent, and it's often available throughout the week.

For more, head to www.BuffaloSpree.com