Apparently, Buffalo is the fish fry capital of the world.
The only other states that come close to consuming such a quantity of fish fries are Wisconsin and Ohio, seafood distributors say. Although spawned by the large Catholic population in the Buffalo Niagara region, the fish fry phenomenon today reaches far beyond Catholic practices and venues. Its appeal has become, in a word, catholic. Protestant churches, lodges, veteran groups, private functions and scores of restaurants and pubs serve the popular Friday fare.
"I traveled the United States and the world when I was in the service, and I've experienced fish fries from California to England," said Kevin Barczykowski, head chef at Murphy's Tavern on the Green Restaurant in Williamsville. "But those fish fries are nothing like we have here. Buffalo has almost cornered the haddock fish fry market."