We are excited to announce a new feature and contributor for Buffalo Eats. For the rest of the Lenten season, our pal and talented carpenter Sean Wrafter (Wrafterbuilt) will be checking out a new fish fry spot every Friday and writing a small recap. We are very excited to see what he finds, here’s the second entry in his adventure. Here’s his previous entries: The Happy Swallow.
February 19th, 2016. Second Friday of Lent.
“I think in small towns like this one, whether you are a man or a woman, you basically do what there is to do” – Estelle Parsons
East Aurora is a charming little down located about 20 miles south of Buffalo, NY. It is known for its small town appeal, thriving local art scene, it’s the childhood home of a United States President (Millard Fillmore), and is the home to the world famous Roycroft Campus.
People come from all over to shop at Vidlers 5 & 10, eat wings at Bar Bill Tavern, and sample all sorts of wonders from Elm Street Bakery. What most tourists don’t realize is that right around the corner from all of these places lies a hidden gem that is frequented mostly by locals and is known by all to have an amazing Fish Fry.
Welcome to the dark underbelly of the East Aurora food scene. Welcome to Wallenweins Hotel.
Our party of four (Tim was at a yoga retreat) arrived at the restaurant after a 25 minute drive at about 6:30. At that point the place was so packed that we were given an hour wait time, so we headed to the bar. When we tried to start a tab for drinks the bartender told me to just “tell the waitress later what you ordered” so that we could settle up then. For the record we had two Bud bottles and two Molsons.
The bar was packed full of characters. One stand out for me was an older biker in all leather who completed his outfit with a priest collar – obviously in observance of the lenten holiday. Everyone was pretty friendly and i didn’t feel any “what are these strangers doing here?” vibes that can often be put out by patrons at local spots.
We were sat at our table after about a half an hour wait and we ordered promptly. The food took some time to come out but considering the crowd it was completely understandable. It seemed like there was an endless supply of people coming in the front door.
Once our food came we couldn’t have been any happier. Like our previous adventure they offered a German Potato Salad that really made my day. Everything was hot and fresh and disappeared quickly.
I would rate our overall experience at Wallenweins as very good. If you are in a hurry and just want to eat and go home I would suggest something else but if you want to hang out with some local folks and have some laughs, and you don’t mind taking a few hours to soak in the experience, I would recommend this place every time.
Four Fish Fry plates with six beers was around $70 – not too bad!
*All pictures are from Wallenwein’s Facebook Page.