It's week five of Famous Fish Fryday and we were stuck with some very hard choices as we headed to the Southtowns to try a fish fry. After all, Lakeshore Road in Hamburg could be called the "fish fry strip."
This week's guest, Steve Weathers, president and CEO of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency made the difficult choice. He chose Rodney's after hearing about it at the office.
Weathers just came to Buffalo in January, after spending 23 years in economic development across the country. "There's just a lot of good opportunities happening here and I want to be part of the success of Buffalo," Weathers said.
He pointed out everything from HarborCenter to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and says Buffalo is on the radar of many growing companies. "We're getting more calls from outside the region from people who want to be here," he said." That's a tribute to everyone here - unsolicited calls. They're hearing and seeing what's happening here."
More business would be welcome news to the community and Weathers says he has received a warm welcome in Buffalo. As he gets adjusted to his new home, he's embracing all things Western New York, including the authentic fish fry. "I think the fish was great and we encourage everybody to come down to Rodney's," he said. "You'll love the fish fry."
Bill Hanna and his family members run the restaurant that his parents founded nearly 30 years ago. On a typical Lenten Friday, they go through about 275 pounds of fish thanks to a unique recipe from kitchen manager Steve Lowman. "The secret is breading, batter, back into the breading," he said. "It keeps it nice and moist. Our fish fry is famous!"
Rodney's serves fresh Haddock seven days a week.