The Quest for Rochester’s Best Fish Fry


The search is on once again to uncover Rochester’s ultimate fish fry. After four years since the last competition, it’s time to find a new reigning champion. This time, the decision is in your hands, Rochester’s esteemed fish fry enthusiasts. Welcome to the Roc Fish Fry Faceoff, a March Madness-style bracket challenge!

The 2023 ROC Fish Fry Faceoff bracket

The Contenders

Thirty-two fish fry contenders have been selected, meticulously seeded on the brackets for exciting head-to-head matchups. Each week, you’ll have the opportunity to cast your vote until we finally crown a winner in late March. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the thrilling matchups lined up for Round 1.

Captain Jim’s Fish Market (1) vs Fried Fish Shack (16)

Captain Jim’s is a perennial favorite when it comes to fish. Whether you prefer your fish fried, baked, or ready to prepare at home, this place has you covered. In the 2019 poll, it secured a spot in the top 5. Please note that Captain Jim’s currently offers takeout only. Visit them at 2329 E. Main St. or call (585) 482-3640.

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Fried Fish Shack, which opened its doors in 2021, has quickly gained popularity. Located in the former home of Jack’s Modern Fish Market, this shop serves up delectable battered or cornmeal crusted fish, alongside fries, macaroni salad, and other tasty sides. Swing by 826 Joseph Ave. or give them a call at (585) 434-0518.

The Old Toad (8) vs Lucca’s Northside Kitchen (9)

For a cozy British-style pub experience, head to The Old Toad. Renowned for its traditional fish and chips, you can savor your meal with a side of garden peas or minted mushy peas, as well as British Chips (fries). The Old Toad can be found at 277 Alexander Street, and they can be reached at (585) 232-2626.

Lucca’s Northside Kitchen, located in the former home of the iconic Northside Inn, has quickly amassed a loyal following. While they are popular for their Italian-American cuisine, they’ve also earned acclaim for their fish fries. Swing by 311 N. Washington St., East Rochester, or give them a call at (585) 248-3470.

Chick’n Out (5) vs Union Tavern (12)

Chick’n Out, initially gaining popularity as a beloved pop-up, has now established itself as a must-visit spot. While they’re famous for their mouthwatering chicken, don’t miss out on their Southern-style fish fry served on Fridays. Treat yourself to huge pieces of haddock coated in a delightful cornmeal and flour blend, seasoned to perfection. Located at 37 Charlotte St. in the East End, you can also reach them at (585) 376-2468.

The Union Tavern, the successor to the renowned Reunion Inn in Irondequoit, brings a taste of New England to Rochester. Their standout beer-battered haddock fish fry, served on Wednesdays and Fridays, perfectly captures the essence of the region. Pay them a visit at 4565 Culver Road in Irondequoit or call (585) 563-7304.

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Polska Chata (4) vs Cluck if You Buck (13)

Polska Chata, a beloved Polish deli and restaurant in Irondequoit since 2003, has delighted customers for years. On Fish Fry Fridays, you can even enjoy your crispy fish with mouthwatering housemade pierogi. Stop by 32 Vinedale Ave. in Irondequoit or call (585) 266-4480 to experience a true Polish culinary delight.

Cluck if You Buck started as a popular pop-up at The Landing Bar & Grille. After relocating to a charming canalside location in Fairport, this establishment continues to impress. While they are primarily known for their hot chicken, their fish fry is equally enticing. Treat your taste buds at 10 Liftbridge Lane or call (585) 419-5448.

Mama Lor’s Café (6) vs Dicky’s Corner Pub (11)

Mama Lor’s Café has become a sensation in Webster, with two thriving locations. Don’t miss out on their beer battered or breaded fish fry, available in two sizes (monster and mini) and served daily. Visit them at 1319 Lake Road or 1891 Ridge Road in Webster, or call (585) 265-3512 or (585) 545-4895.

Dicky’s Corner Pub, an esteemed neighborhood pub in the Highland Park area, boasts a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. Every Friday, they serve their renowned breaded or beer battered haddock fish fry, a recipe that has stood the test of time. Stop by 791 Meigs St. or give them a call at (585) 355-4939.

Winfield Grill (3) vs Lento Restaurant (14)

The Winfield Grill, a beloved eatery in the North Winton Village, has been a neighborhood favorite for many years. Their famous beer-battered fish fry is a crowd-pleaser, available every day. Visit them at 647 N. Winton Road or call (585) 654-8990 for a delightful dining experience.

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Lento Restaurant, committed to serving local, seasonal, and sustainable fare since 2007, has gained a reputation for culinary excellence. Their beer-battered haddock, served with a choice of sweet cabbage slaw or British-style mashed peas, is a true delight for the senses. For a Celiac-friendly option, they even have a separate fryer. Experience their gastronomic wonders at 274 N. Goodman St. in Village Gate Square, or call (585) 271-3470.

Fairport Village Inn (7) vs Katie’s Kitchen at The Avenue Pub (10)

The Fairport Village Inn, a beloved gathering place in the heart of Fairport since 1976, invites you to indulge in their beer-battered haddock fish fry every Friday. Don’t miss out on this culinary delight at 103 North Main Street, Fairport. Give them a call at (585) 388-0112.

The Avenue Pub, an iconic establishment in the LGBTQ community since 1975, has been named one of the best LGBTQ bars in the country. Chef Katie Haney, renowned for her culinary skills, has captivated patrons with her delectable beer-battered fish fry, served on Fridays. All are welcome at 522 Monroe Ave., and you can reach them at (585) 244-4960.

Fairfield’s Bar & Grill (2) vs Underpass Bar & Grill (15)

Fairfield’s Bar and Grill made its mark in the 2019 poll, finishing in the top five. Offering both beer-battered and breaded fish fry, available on Wednesdays and Fridays, this place is a true hidden gem. Make your way to 2600 Baird Road, Perinton, or call (585) 383-0767 to embark on a culinary journey.

The Underpass Bar & Grill, located just a stone’s throw away from its bracket rival, is a casual bar with a loyal following. Their beer-battered or breaded fish fry, served on Fridays, is a must-try. Pay them a visit at 1226 Fairport Rd, Fairport, or call (585) 385-9777 to experience their delightful offerings.

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Cast Your Vote!

The competition is fierce, and every vote counts. Visit our website to cast your vote for your favorite fish fry in each head-to-head matchup. Remember, voting for Round 1 begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and ends Sunday, Feb. 26. Get ready to support your favorite contenders!

The D&C is holding a March Madness-style competition

Tips and Reminders

To ensure a smooth voting experience, here are a few tips:

  • Voting begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and ends Sunday, Feb. 26.
  • You can vote once per matchup, per round.
  • Sweet 16 voting will begin on March 1, featuring winners from the previous round.
  • If the poll doesn’t load immediately, simply refresh the page. Please note that the poll may load better on desktops and laptops than on mobile devices, and we recommend avoiding the Firefox browser.

Get ready for an epic battle as Rochester’s best fish fry establishments vie for the ultimate title. Stay tuned, cast your votes, and let’s find out who will be crowned the champion of the Roc Fish Fry Faceoff!

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