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Seems they got the salt right this time, and it was delicious :) Good service even though I got my order to-go. Server made me feel very welcome.
Ate here during lunch at work one day, I was told the place had been voted "best chicken" so I was curious.
The day we went, they must have just overloaded the salt into the batter. I love spicy food and salt, but this was too much. THAT BEING SAID, had it not been for the excess salt, this could very well have been the best fried chicken I ever ate! It was juicy and flavorful, had a wonderful taste, and the batter was both unique and delicious.
I will be going back soon to give them a second chance :)
Really sketch neighborhood and I thought I was back in east st.louis. I don't even usually like fried meats but I'm a hype-followhore. Thank god the famous fried chicken was actually good.
-Fried chicken, I believe again.
-Sides, the potato salad was fine but it was just potato salad, sweet peas were good, not sure about the corn muffin because my order never came up.
-$12 for everything, and they accept credit card, and american express, hells yeah.
-Ladies in the main dining room stared at me like an alien for a while when I stood there waiting for some service.
-I was expecting a mean shank-face for my server especially after going to Mother's in the morning, but my actual waiter was surprisingly nice, was all starry-eyed until I got my receipt and realized the tab and orders were screwed up.
Chicken was phenomenal! Cornbread too! The service was very sweet... She was super busy and was still very nice and attentive. We had high expectations and they were exceeded! Will definitely be back with the kids!! My wife loved the fried okra!
Several weeks ago, we stopped in at Willie Mae's to have fried chicken. Our first visit! I have to say, I don't know what all the fuss is about. We walked in, across the room someone motioned with a finger to come across to the next room, "eat in" or "take out" was asked...........we said eat in, she used her finger to point back across the room to where we could sit. I guess we expected someone to hollor out "Welcome to Willie Mae's". After all we are down south. What happened to Friendly, Southern Hospitality? Took some time to order, drinks never came......food came and I do believe we went there on burnt day. That chicken looked burnt. And No it wasn't the best chicken, by no means. I can tell you I wish I had gone to Popeyes!
Mac and cheese was good, the batter was too much though on the chicken. I couldn't bite into it because of all the greasy batter. I had too take that off to get to the meat. (I thought the best part of fried chicken is the skin)
I'm on vacation in NOLA and what am I doing? I'm standing on a street corner in the hot sun waiting in line for fried chicken. But not just any fried chicken, supposedly the BEST fried chicken in the US at James Beard award winner Willie Mae's.
After a 30 minute wait, we were finally seated inside at a table. In order to expedite the process, we were ready with our complete order the moment the waiter arrived. The chicken arrived hot, crispy and juicy. They use a wet batter at Willie Mae's and fry it up to perfection. The cornbread was better than the rolls. They sides were all delicious, but the butter beans were a bit on the salty side. We ate every morsel of that chicken and it was definitely finger licking good!
Very disappointed. Chicken is seasoned okay, but the crust has a burnt coloring with a tempura texture, uncooked flour and seasoning mixture under the skin of the chicken... This does not look like any southern fried chicken I've ever seen.
Much ado about nothing. In actuality the presentation of the chicken looks like they fried it in old, too hot grease.
Butter beans over seasoned with white pepper. One star is too high of a rating, but I guess I can say the staff was very nice and courteous.
The most amazing fried chicken I have ever tasted. I will travel back to New Orleans someday, just to get to Willie Mae's again. Waited almost 30 minutes to get in. Enjoyed pleasant conversation with others who were also waiting. It was worth every minute, and then some.
In Treme, a historic African-American neighborhood that still shows signs of destruction from Katrina, this place is WONDERFUL. A bit shabby at the seams, but comfortable and the best fried chicken, especially now that Chez Helene is gone. Don't pay attention to the dis reviews. Yeah, you may have to wait awhile but the line moves fast. Terrific red beans and rice too. This is authentic Nu Awlunz, off the beaten path, away from the garishness and clutter of the Quarter.
If i could give this place a 0 i would. Worst service i have ever had. The guy took 20 mins to take our drink order. He had to ask 3 times what we ordered but didn't want to write it down either time. They then gave away our food to another table, brought us the food of the table they gave our original food to. It wasn't even the same order! When i asked about it he said it would be another 15 min wait on top of almost the hr I had already waited. I heard its worth the wait but really? All this when there is not even a wait outside? Not worth the trip out of the city for us!
Had lunch here a few days ago. Ordered the fried chicken with green beans and rice with gravy as the side. The food wasn't bad but also not great either. But good for the price. Well, maybe. Knock it down a couple dollars and price would match food quality. I felt the batter on the chicken was way over fried. Like it had been dipped in the oil twice for cooking. Some of the chicken was a bit over fried. The side dish of green beans with rice. Was okay. Definitely canned green beans. However, I really like green beans. Rice is a staple here and yet, poorly made. Overall, eating at Willie Mays was a decent experience. Food wasn't bad overall. Glad I've tried this place once while living in Nola.
I love this location. The St. Charles location has horrible service. I know it takes 15 mins to cook chicken. We order our food for lunch ahead of time because we are on time restraint, they do not start cooking your food until you get there. Which is another 20 min wait. Please stick to to St. Ann location.
Being from New Orleans out the 9thward born n raised but livin in Dallas this place has definitely one of the best restaurants in the city. The wait is worth it. Everytime I come home to New Orleans I have to stop here...Dallas, Tx just dosent have good food NO place like home
We stopped by on a lunch break, around 3 pm. It wasn't busy. We were super exited about our choice. Our server took a small break from her cell phone to take our order. We waited 45 minutes for our food, while everyone around us ordered, received their food, and ate. Our server stayed on the cell the entire time. We asked about our food to a sweet guy that actually seemed to care, and we're told our server was boxing it. 10 minutes passed, which I get, because how can you box food with one hand? It's hard. Finally got our food, minus bbq sauce, which to be fair she offered to get once we could get her attention, but she would have to go to the back and get it, and since she was still on the phone it would probably be a struggle and take a while. Had to get back to work, so passed on that.
Food wise- chicken was ok, but not worth dealing with the wait and god awful service, fries were inedible, partially cooked, and soggy. Peas looked/tasted fresh from the can.
Back to work, hungry and grouchy.
Yeah yeah yeah best fried chicken in New Orleans, maybe the best around, but I find it off that you don’t serve these mysterious Scotch Milk drinks. Not that I want to try it at home, but I’m not opposed to experiencing it where it originated from.
Lines are long and full of tourists and it’s small, but the décor is quaint. Under good advice I went there well before opening because they also close at 5pm daily. If you don’t you’ll spent half your day here.
Service is very good, fully expecting that the food will speak for itself and that staff brings the hospitality to take your experience over the top.
Chicken uses a wet batter that really sticks to the meat, locks everything in, well seasoned, tender, juicy. A dark crust. Hand frying is great when done well, but I found some inconsistency in the wet batter versus dry or a mixed dredge. Split a thigh and breast so I could have a half dozen sides.
Corn bread was good, plenty of flavor, but could use some contrast. The muffin version kept the crust to center ratio nice. Mac & Cheese is traditional and good, not crusted or finished with bread. Fried okra was light and fresh, almost like a fried shishito sheen, not it wasn’t fried in the same oil as the chicken, completely different profile. Bread pudding was good, but needed a better glaze. The lemonade was great. Fresh squeezed. Like most of Nawlins, no wifi. I was hoping for cocktails, but sadly none to be found. Leave the peas alone and get the butter beans, probably their best side they offer, so creamy, complex.
It’s a great place, a solid find, but to me not the best fried chicken around. I actually figured that “southern” doesn’t mean a thing in that NOLA chicken tastes nothing like places I’ve had in ATL, Arkansas, South Carolina. Etc.
Definitely a New Orleans culinary experience not to miss!
I don't know if I can say it's THE best, but it's certainly very unique and I don't think you'll ever try any fried chicken quite like it.
Ugh, 1 star off for penalizing people for wanting to heat a normal portion size (go Amurica!) by charging to split. 3 of us could BARELY finish 2 orders of fried chicken with respective sides.
Fresh lemonade is delish but be forewarned intensely sweet.
Arrived at 1pm and had to wait outside for 15 minutes and it is HOT with no shade! 2 minutes later 10 more people came and had to wait behind us. Then you get to move to the a/c waiting area inside. If you hate lines and burning under the sun, come when they open or just before closing.
Important detail: walked here from French quarter but called a cab to get back bc of the combo of heat and fullness, I'd drive or bike next time even though it looks close on a map.
What's there not to love about this place. While on vacation from Va, this place was all the was told to go to for amazing food. The BEST fried chicken I had!.. EVER! And don't get me started on the catfish..LAWD! If you are in the New Orleans area, you have to make a trip!
Very Disappointing! Chicken was dark like it was cooked in old grease and over salted. Beans and rice and fried okra were just average. They cleaned the tables with pinesol which was nauseating in itself.
The Waitress became angry when we asked to be moved to a table not freshly wiped down with pinesol and was rude to my wife. We waited in line for 45 minutes. It was definitely not worth the wait. I believe they have forgotten what brought them success.They appear to have moved away from quality control in the kitchen and good, friendly customer service.
Would not go back.
Sorry people but you can get better fried chicken and red beans from Mr Roosevelt on N.Claiborne & St Philip St.....,this was absolutely the worst beans and spicy fried chicken I ever had......when did we stop putting seasonings meat in our beans, that's what gives them their flavor....,Also very expensive to get chicken fried in old grease and very burnt!!!! This was my first and last time will not recommend to my friends and family!!!
Exactly what it's cracked up to be! The classic fried chicken dish is freakin tasty! It's a bit of a trek getting there and it's in a slightly beat up residential area (just adds to the appeal really). The venue feels a bit like a cafe but what they lack in aesthetic they more than make up for in taste! It looked like you could bring your own drinks in too (they didn't serve any alcohol).
THIS place was awsome! The homey feeling you get when you take the first bite......omg! I plan to always stop for lunch or dinner when passing through the Nola! My kids even cleaned their plates. I simply love this place.
We went once in 2014 passing through New Orleans and have missed that chicken since. If it wasn't for a 5 hour drive. The fried chicken was absolutely amazing. The crust was very crunchy and very flavorful. Honestly a little harder than I expected. It was more of a batter than a coating. The meat was steaming hot and full of flavorful moisture. This was some of the best fried chicken I've ever imagined. The sides were good too. I recommend the butter beans and rice.
The place is small and crowded almost all of the time with regulars and tourists. Especially since it aired on Anthony Bourdain's show. The service went at it's own pace and was inadequate for the volume of customers. Usually there is a long line outside and a long wait. I saw no parking. The streets and neighborhood were a little rough. I'd take a cab for the trip and get there early.
When I wrote this review, I felt as if I was being overly harsh with the establishment. The first time I went I had experienced the best fried chicken in the world. But there are glaring problems that exist that cannot be overlooked from my most recent visit, about 3 months ago at the beginning of September. The chicken is, indeed, the king of this establishment, because beyond that it has little else to offer. If you came for good service, expect a few hours waiting outside for a seat or waiting at a table for your divinely crafted fried chicken to come. If you came for the relaxing environment or great ambiance, instead you will receive a very crowded feeling and rushed restaurant, hidden in a less than desirable neighborhood with unforgiving streets paved around it. These streets are not for the weakest of cars. Don't try to stop by here on your lunch break, you'll miss your work by a few hours waiting and it will overall be an unpleasant experience. However, if the chicken eventually makes it onto your plate, expect some of the best fried chicken in the country. Don't expect too much else.
Pros: The fried chicken meets the high standard it has been given
Cons: Service, parking, wait-time, etc. Everything but the chicken.
Notes: It's better to come with friends or in a party, the shared experience is much more enjoyable and the wait will be more bearable. Also you won't have to sacrifice so many vehicles to the road gods.
The food was great! The restaurant, while unassuming on the outside, was very nice on the inside with modern and stylish decor. The prices were a little high, but understandable with how acclaimed the food is. The service, however, was tragically awful. As nice as our server was, it was just bad service all around. They were unapologetically out of half the things on the menu, brought the food in random intervals, forgot items all together, then forgot them again when we kindly reminded them. The most annoying part of it was seeing our server fool around with a female employee in the hallway instead of doing his job. While the food was good, we probably won't be back. Good eats, with decent service can be found elsewhere in a city as big as New Orleans.
Best fried chicken ever!! Super nice service!! Gotta love the ambiance! The one star reviewers on here just need to stay away. They are out of their element and just don't get it. No trip to New Orleans is complete without a trip to Willie Mae's!
Best fried chicken I have EVER HAD. There's something unique about it. This is the real deal. Get the three piece with the side of the red beans and rice. That's the true blue New Orleans experience. I tried a few other places like Coop's Place that just had standard chicken. But this is the real real! AND they were playing all classic Louisiana jams like Dr John and The Meters!
Went in establishment and was told to step outside to wait to be seated. There were 2 people in our party and we noticed 5 tables open. We waited outside for 40 minutes and finally decided decided to go on after people kept walking in to be seated promptly. Finally after talking to a waiter she told us we can be seated. Whats the purpose of having cameras outside the building if you're not aware of standing outside. Once we sat down, we waited another 30 minutes to be asked if we wanted anything to drink.
As soon as several Caucasian parties came in, they were greeted and taken care of immediately. We felt our money wasn't good enough for them .
By the way, the red beans were cold and the bread was tuff like it had been warmed in the microwave for hours. Definitely wouldn't suggest this place. Service horrible, food mediocre
YUM!!!! No other words needed. True perfection. When I return home, I will always cherish the memory of the beauty of the city, the warmth and great hospitality of it's people AND the best chicken I have ever enjoyed. Many, many thanks.
It's definitely worth the wait. Best fried chicken I have ever had. Butter beans were outstanding and I don't even eat butter beans. Rolls are also great.
Had heard of this place from a friend, waited in line for abut 1/2 hr to get a seat, boy was it worth it. The chicken was the best tasting chicken I had ever eaten. We took back a couple of pieces to our wives and they were raving about it. Go enjoy the best chicken in New Orleans.
Best fried chicken I have ever had. No complaints about the service. This is a popular, busy place and absolutely worth it. A highlight of any trip to New Orleans!
This was probably some of the best fried chicken that I have had in a very long time. All the sides were excellent. Get the mashed potatoes and the mac n' cheese. I also recommend if you order the traditional fried chicken that you request a drum stick. Mine came with a breast and two wings while others got a breast, a wing and a drum stick. The wings are a bit light on the meat.
The fried chicken was hot and delicious, but the sides were served cold. I had mac and cheese and peas were added on all of the plates. There were a total of 3 family members in my party, which included myself, but we were all added in the same bill, which was very frustrating when trying to divide up checks. They would only take once credit card payment from a total of 14 people. The restrooms were deplorable and the entire restaurant was in need of a good cleaning and sanitizing. Each party had to pay an additional $3.OO per meal if they want all white-meat chicken and bread was not included as a part of the meal.
I visited this place because he was a suggestion from someone I have to be honest I was not impressed even though this is a historical tourist spot and unfortunately is not worth the amount of money that you have to pay the lines were long wrapped around the building as seating was very tight small spaces on the inside the employees were far from helpful at all pretty much the entire menu is just fried chicken and a couple of sides and most times it seems as though I have been hearing that they're always out of sight even when they open up in the morning as was my experience I asked for 3 different sides and every time they were out of them or they just didn't have it unfortunately don't have the heart to give them less than three stars because it is a historical place but I cannot my right mind recommend this place to anybody who is from the south originally for out-of-town visitors people from overseas yes they can get a taste of fried chicken but it's nowhere near as good as Mama used to make believe me.
Pretty darn good fried chicken. As many others have said, it's a different batter than usual fried chicken. But the batter was crispy slightly spicy and the chicken was juicy and a little salty in a good way. The butterbean side was very tasty as well. Corn muffin not worth getting though. Came at 11:30 and there was no wait for a seat, and food came out quickly. Good place to go!
Chicken is definately worth the wait, red beans and rice were very good also, good flavor. Only thing o could say bad is slow service, but all in all a very good stop!
I hate to be the guy who rains on everybody else's parade. But the so-called worlds best fried chicken just didn't live up to the expectations. Sure it was very juicy and fresh, but the flavor was just not there. There's nothing other than salt flavor. I like my fried chicken better seasoned that that. Also the Mac and cheese was half cold. Really unacceptable for somewhere that charges 11 dollars for 3 pieces of fried children and a side.
We are talking chicken, so I will stick with chicken. Perfectly fried chicken, so great texture. Only thing in terms of flavor that hit me was salt. This place is more so about the nostalgia for most people which is my guess.
This is one of the best places to get fried chicken in the US. There may be a little wait but it is worth it. All of the sides are amazing but my favorite is the red beans and rice. Remeber to bring cash as they will not split up the checks.
Fried chicken and fried ocra were okay, but not worth waiting outside in the heat for several minutes. Also, this place has a serious fly problem. You can tell they tried to address it with some fly traps near a window (which was kinda gross to look at in a restaurant). The place just didn't look clean.
Fried chicken did not disappoint!!! Very flavorful, and the skin wasn't too soggy or too crispy - it was perfect!
We came right when it opened on a Tuesday morning, there were already 3 groups of people waiting at the door. No line though luckily.
Although the menu says if you want white meat, it's extra cost, but that doesn't mean that they'll give you dark meat if you don't specify! We wanted dark meat and ended up getting the breast (white meat) and two wings. So sad. The table next to us got dark meat and we were so jealous.
The dark meat is definitely better so make sure you specify what you want!!
The green beans and rice side was just okay. Get an order of corn bread! Their corn bread was one of the best we had in Nola.
Best fried chicken in NOLA if not the country. Service was great and the setting makes you feel right at home. This is on my 'must do' list when ever I return to New Orleans.
There was a wait on the side of the building to get in the restaurant but it moved pretty quick (mid afternoon on a Saturday). Once we got in and ordered, we were nothing less than amazed at the portions of food we had ordered. The chicken was the BEST I had in years and some of the sides large enough to be small entrees on their own. A warm reception, excellent taste and enough food that we all had a full box each of leftovers makes this a definite recommendation!
I am not a person that does any reviewing. However, today I ventured over to Willie Mae's based on the reviews I read. I also kind of remember it being shown on some restaurants show. It did not disappoint. I ordered the famous chicken with red beans and a sweet tea. I didn't expect a line outside but there it was. And the wait was about 30 minutes on a Wednesday about 1pm. The restaurant itself is quaint. I took a seat at the bar. The waitress was very busy but also very attentive and nice. The food came quick and the fried chicken was to die for. It was seasoned throughout with a nice tinge of spice. The crust was light, crisp and flaky. Eating it was almost like a religious experience. I will make sure to go back whenever I am in town.
Hmm, mmm, mmm! I feel like Willie Mae's invited me to her home and fixed me her famous chicken. The atmosphere isn't too pretentious. All the food is yummy. I can't wait to go back.
Great fried chicken. They call it Worlds Best, and I can't disagree. Came here a few years back with my good friend Haz. It's a staple to my visit to NOLA. The Fried Okra is the epitome of soul food. This place has culture, charm and amazing food. Believe the hype.
Order the fried chicken! Not the chicken tenders, tenders were good BUT chicken was so much better.
The food is spicy so not for everyone. I loved it but I love spicy.
The chicken is unbelievable. Sides were all good but it's the chicken. However, they were out of Mac and cheese so I will be back to check that out.
Service is awesome. Super friendly and helpful server and man who appears to be manager.
We will be back. Never had chicken this great.
We got there around lunch and there was a line up. The wait was well worth it, the fried chicken was amazing! I also got the fried okra, this was different than what I was good. My friends got the mac and cheese as their sides and loved it! The chicken was so juicy and flavorful!
Got there a few hours before closing. There was a line, but it went fast for us. Had the fired chicken plate with mac 'n cheese (and peas) and it was probably the best fried chicken I've eaten: juicy, perfectly crisp batter that wasnt too heavy and with a nice spicy kick at the end. The sides were fine and a nice complement, but on their own just okay.
Word to the wise: when you go to a place known for fried chicken, get the fried chicken!
The pork chop left a lot to be desired, especially in comparison to the huge portions everyone else got with their fried chicken orders!
I've been back several times since then, and now I always get the fried chicken! The cornbread and other sides are also very good. Haven't been adventurous enough to try anything else!
The classic menu item "America's best fried chicken" is indeed the best fried chicken I've ever had. The sides are also delicious, especially the mac and cheese, fried okra, and cornbread. Since this place is very popular, be prepared to wait a while in line before seated.
This is a must go to place if you visit NOLA. Willie Mae's gives you that home style fill with huge portions. Very respectful and attentive staff and flavorful chicken. I had the fried chicken with a side of green beans and rice with gravy. I was no expecting such huge portions, especially since it was soo cheap. Dreaming about going back.
When they say best fried chicken, they mean it. There was a line out the door, which is typically a good sign for the quality you are about to receive. The food was well worth the wait. I don't know how I'll ever go back to the sub par fried chicken I'm use to when I know Willie Mae's quality exists.
ORDER THE FRIED CHICKEN. The batter is crispy and delicious. It holds the juicy and flavorful chicken inside. You will not be disappointed. I had to quickly take two bites before I even took a photo because it smelled so good. For sides we had the Mac and cheese, sweet potato fries, and peas. They were delicious and complimented the main prize well.
I went at 2pm on a Tuesday and there was still a wait. I took that as a good sign and so should you.
Long line, long wait, dirty floor, loud room, and some of the best fried chicken I have ever tasted. The sides were mixed quality, many of them were too salty. Did I mention the chicken? It was great. They put a spicy mix into the coating so it has a nice kick. If you are over sensitive to spicy foods it will be too hot, but it was just mild for me. Next time I would just order the chicken to go!
Got lucky and didn't have to wait to long but the line grew quickly as we waited. Go inside and let them know you are there, I'd there is a wait they will ask you to wait outside, they don't take your name, but the system works. Service was good, everyone was super friendly. Having not tried all the fried chicken in America I can't say if it is or not, what I can say is this is some really good fried chicken! Batter was light and crispy, chicken very most and juicy!
Great chicken, but overall not as good as it used to be. I came here two years ago and everything was so good. Ordered the fried chicken and noticed the chicken portions have gotten smaller. No corn bread with the food. Out of many items like veal, mashed potato and bread pudding. Didn't see catfish or shrimp on the menu this time. Too many little charges. 20% tip for a party of 5 or more are you kidding me. Full charge for refills. 7 Charge for sharing your food. Can't split the check. Man what is this world coming to. I will look for another hole in the wall next time I'm in NOLA.
The best fried chicken I have EVER had. After getting a serious side-eye after refusing cornbread, we changed our minds and we're not sorry! The corn bread was sumptuous! We will be back! Tomorrow sounds like a good day!
This fried chicken blows everything else out of the water. Juicy but not greasy, crispy outer skin, flavorful, good portions. Sides are tasty too. All served up with a smile.
Just got done eating lunch at Willie Mae's. Stood in line for 35 minutes. Totally worth every minute. Fried chicken was savory and light, and yet surprisingly meaty. The butter beans were salty and hearty, all without any actual meat. Mac-and-cheese was meh, but who cares? Everything else was top notch. Without much doubt the best fried chicken I've ever had.
I traveled over 800 miles to visit Willie Mae's Scotch House. Because of traffic, and factors beyond my control; I arrived 50 minutes before closing. With the late hour in mind, I tried to place a pickup order, and was told no-- then the staff hung up on me! Once I arrived, I learned that several of the entrees and side orders were out for the day (We ARE closing in 45 minutes sir) and staff were unapologetic; and a tad unprofessional about this to boot. You cannot specify your choice of fried chicken pieces. They also did not have cup holders or offer a bag for me to carry the drinks. After spending $40 on food I had to settle for, and dealing with a less than courteous staff that bordered on impatient; I was very disappointed with my visit to Willie Mae's. The fried chicken was good (baked chicken was one of the several items they were out of). My experience left a lot to be desired.
We arrived approximately 10-15 minutes without a wait. The chicken was good. Nice crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. However later that night the chicken was very greasy. Also when ordering the fried chicken do not say "white meat or dark meat". If you specify what type meat you want it will be a two dollar up charge! We are southern and had better fried chicken but they are definitely the best in the area!
Believe the hype! Stick with the southern classics- don't order extra sides- my opinion. Those butter beans, beware. Absolutely delicious. And the staff delivers excellent customer service. Yes, it's worth the wait. The lines goes fast.
I heard all the talk about this place being the best fried chicken so we had to try it to see if it lived up to the hype...I have never been more impressed with a dish in my life the seasoning is perfect, the chicken LITERALLY melts in your mouth exploding with juices and flavor. You have seriously not had good fried chicken till you've had this I'm spoiled now. If you come to New Orleans and don't come here you are insane.
My goodness!! The best fried chicken I’ve ever had (don’t tell my mama!) Our server Ashley was so sweet and pleasant! We ordered chicken meals with Mac & Cheese and a side of okra. The food was perfect! I ate the basket of okra by myself! Lol! And the red velvet cheesecake! Was in my happy place! We arrived right before the big rush because when we left there was literally a line out the door going down the street!
I totally get it, the fried chicken is really that good. It's not inexpensive by any means, but it's an institution. Willie Mae's will be the yard stick that I will always measure other fried chicken to. The batter was light, flavorful and of course crispy. If your visiting "nawlins" I highly recommend a visit, you really won't be disappointed.
Shatteringly crisp skin. Simply seasoned. If you just get off the plane and come here, you'll think it's salty, but after eating everything else down here, you'll realize that's how NOLA cooks. Great service. Tasty lemonade. The 3 pieces are a Russian roulette of chicken. In got two wings and a breast. Wife got a leg, wing and a thigh. They will up charge to special order, so just share what you get. Sides are scrumptious as well.
Go early to avoid a long wait. Or check the google map app to see how foot traffic is. If it's long and busy just order to go. If you accept the challenge and wait you'll be welcomed in and greeted by friendly staff who make you feel right at home.
The fried chicken is the dish to get of course- and it is honestly the crispiest yet lightest fried skin I've ever had. To top it off the meat was moist and juicy in both the white and dark meats. If it wasn't as pricey per 3 pieces ($15+ 2 sides) I would've got another order!
Also the house salad as a SIDE is an amazing deal. By itself it's $10. Get it as a side to your meal and not as a stand alone.
This place is AMAZING. The BEST fried Chicken in the area. The staff was extremely friendly. They made my 1st day in NOLA GREAT! Keep up the great work.
Arrived right before closing. Service was good. Chicken was crispy, light, and melt in your mouth. Meat very moist. A bit greasy. Not the best I have had, but very good. Worth a stop.
No lie, the best fried chicken, fried okra, cornbread muffin, and sweet tea I’ve ever had in my life. And I’m from the South, y’all. Everything I ate at Willie Mae’s was the best I’ve ever eaten. The chicken was so juicy, so flavorful, and so delicious. I’m considering moving to New Orleans so I can eat here every day. My family went on a Monday at lunch time and were able to be seated quickly considering how busy this place is. Go here, eat everything, be happy.
Food was good. By no means a cheap meal ($15 for any entree including 1 side. Drinks extra.), but the chicken was above average though quite greasy. Okra was about as good as I have ever eaten. Service was very good.
Wowzers! Amazing fried chicken and great atmosphere. We beat the queue by going there pretty early after they’d opened. The fried okra side was a bit weird, wouldn’t get that again but the quality of the chicken makes up for it! Crispy and tasty and not too greasy. Reasonably priced too. It’s a no frills place but a must visit in New Orleans!
Best piece of fried chicken I've ever had. The reviews were not wrong. The staff wasn't very friendly but we did come about 45 min before they closed so they were ready to go. But with fried chicken as good as that I will definitely overlook a lack luster customer service experience.
I went to NOLA for the first time, for my birthday and someone recommended that I try Willie Mae's. I arrived and was surprised because there were people standing outside waiting in line. The place didn't look like a restaurant from the outside but as I waited in line, I heard people say that they heard that this was the best fried chicken in the south. The actual restaurant is fairly small, but we were seated a lot quicker than I had expected. The food came out fast and it was all delicious. The peas were amazing! I would highly recommend going to eat at Willie Mae's!!
Highly recommend for some NOLA style authentic chicken! Staff was laid back and chill. We tried the fried chicken, grilled and fried tenders and everything was delicious and juicy and not that oily. Atmosphere was friendly and the portions were generous. Would come back again :)
Delicious food!! Best friend chicken I've EVER had. We didn't have to wait because we walked right by the door when they were calling for a table of 2. There was a longgg line, but I think a lot of them were in bigger groups. I'd suggest going in smaller groups or be willing to break your groups up. You'll be too busy eating to talk to anyone anyway!
They say its the best fried chicken in the United States! Well my girlfriend and I tried it for ourselves and we both agreed it was indeed the best fried chicken we have ever tried. Portions were huge and the skin on the chicken was crispy but also melted in your mouth. It also had a spicy kick to it. Definitely a must if you are in New Orleans.
Totally worth the wait. The place seats a lot of people inside, so the line moves relatively quickly. I don't know how they get it so crispy but it's unlike any fried chicken I've ever had, and I fancy myself a connoisseur. Definitely deserving of the "Best Fried Chicken" title. Staff is super friendly as well, especially considering it's always slammed with new customers.
I'm not sure why this place is so popular! Chicken, mac and cheese, sweet peas, and mashed potatoes with cornbread... over priced and under impressed. The server, Reagan, was super good with his service! The place was really clean and run efficiently. The line outside moved at a fast pace. Willie Mae's is not WILLIE MAYS the baseball player.
Chicken was awesome, a little pricey. I think 15.00 for two piece n side. Very friendly wait staff although at 4:50 pm the bus guy told us they were closed, person outside said c'mon in, they served us no problem. Don't be put off by the location, it's in a neighborhood but we were fine, parking not a problem. CLOSES AT 5 PM, remember that.
My wife and I both ordered the 3 piece fried chicken and she usually cant finish her meals but this time she killed it! We had the mac n cheese as a side and it came with peas, also had the sweet potato fries! The chicken is flavorful, juicy and definitely hit the spot after waiting about 30 minutes for a seat! We are both satisfied diners of Willie Mae's!
What can i say!!!! Believe the hype!!! Now I normally don't fall into the trap of "it was on food network" when it comes to restaurants ESPECIALLY when we are referring to soul food BUT it was ammmazzing!! we did have to wait in a line but it was worth it. I ordered the fried chicken which was extremely moist and crispy without being soggy and for my side i had make and cheese. the mac and cheese was so good I had to order another.
We waited too long to be seated just to find out out they were out of Mac and cheese... which is all my kids eat. They had to get a peanut and butter jelly sandwich that was almost $8 each. And they were still hungry. I paid $15 for a 3 piece chicken plate which was tasty but not worth the price. We also had to pay per each Individual corn bread piece, which was ridiculous! $160 for 8 of us and all my kids got were sandwiches. Definitely not worth the wait or price! Better luck on bourbon street or a another chicken restaurant downtown.
Service was great! I went an hour after opening but the wait time was less than 5 minutes.
On to the food. This has to be the BEST chicken I’ve ever eaten. I’m from NOLA and this tops my mother’s chicken. It’s seasoned to perfection but that’s not the best part, The CRUST is like eating a piece of heaven. The crust reminds me of tempura. Imagine them wrapping the chicken in filo, THE CRUST IS DAMN GOOD. lol. The peas were sweet like I enjoy them and the macaroni was great too.
Don’t forget to get a cornbread muffin, they are delicious!!
Can’t wait to come back home and enjoy more of their chicken!
WORTH THE WAIT!!!!!!! Everyone has seen their chicken on the top of many lists as the best fried chicken in the country. There are different styles of fried chicken but this one takes the cake. Willie Mae's almost made me cry. The smell coming from the kitchen and the food reminded me of my own grandmother. It feels like eating dinner with a relative, the food was so familiar. Everything was delicious, no complaints. Come for the fried chicken but taste the sides and maybe some fried fish. Amazing place. And the picture of Willie Mae on the wall is gorgeous.
Finally got to eat here after so many years of wanting to eat at the original Willie Mae's. They had one in uptown for a short time that I would always go to so I knew the food was good. With there new extended hours enjoying a meal here is now a reality for me. I made a reservation , which was a life saver. The line was long when we got there but we were seated at our reservation time. Their delicious lemonade was sold out but nothing could ruin our excitement for the best fried chicken. We waited about a hour for our meal. The fried chicken is amazing crispy, flavorful, and juicy. The red beans is my go to side dish. They are creamy, seasoned perfectly, and compliment the fried chicken well. And you can't forget the corn bread. Crispy outer layer, soft sweet inside. Definitely completed the feast. You have to come here with time on your hands, you will be here for a while but it will feel like home.
There are often places that you see on TV and when you get there your expectations are so high that anything but perfection is a disappointment. Willie Mae's is not that kind of place. Their fried chicken, which my wife and I have seen many times raved about on TV, was everything we expected and more.
There was a line when we go there at 2:45 but we waited less than 5 minutes to be seated. We ordered the fried chicken and it was simply fabulous. The chicken was not greasy as in some other places and very juicy. I highly recommend this as a must stop when visiting New Orleans.
Just be aware that finding parking might be a bit of a challenge. There is no parking lot for the restaurant so you will have to park on a side street. There is also a school across the street so make sure you do not park in a place where you might be blocked in by school buses picking up kids.
The line was down the street and around the corner! Not literally, but felt like it. Total wait was about 40 minutes which is not so bad considering it's popularity. I will say, it's scorching hot outside with people standing for blocks to get into your place of business and not even 1 bottled water! How is that? Heck fill an ice chest with water and sell it. Do something to accommodate standing in 90 ➕ degree weather to eat fried chicken! Now that I've gotten that out my system.. 😬 The chicken was no doubt the best I've ever had. And the fresh squeezed lemonade is perfect. I wasn't a huge fan of the sides but hey, the chicken stood up to its fame.
This is the BEST fried chicken I have ever eaten. We waited for about 20 minutes for a table, worth the wait! Crisp, not greasy and very flavorful outside. Juicy, tender meat on the inside. I highly recommend Willie Mae's and don't forget to add a corn muffin to your order !
I didn't get to make it to Willie Mae's the first time I visited NOLA, so for the second time around, I made sure it was one of my stops. Our party of 6 arrived on a Monday at around 1:30. We signed up for the text alert, which told us it would be a 40-minute wait and it was accurate. The trick to not having to wait 40 minutes is to come with a party of two. A few couples were seated before us because I guess there are more tables for two inside, than for larger groups.
I ordered the fried chicken plate, which comes with three pieces of chicken and a side. You can choose either white meat or dark, but you can't mix it. I prefer dark anyway so that's what I went with. The meat itself was good - very juicy. However, the outside was extremely greasy. And I know, it's fried chicken - what do I expect? But I've had fried chicken at other spots before that weren't dripping in grease. My friend even said that she thought Popeye's was better. For the side, I had mac and cheese, which was a little mushy. Reminded me a little bit of school lunch mac and cheese.
I think people come to Willie Mae's because it's well known, but I'm sure there are better fried chicken spots in NOLA.
The food was amazing. We didn't have to wait in line and where seated fast. Maybe we came at good timing, because I heard the line can be long. I have the 3 piece fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a side of green been with rice and gravy on top. The meat was tender, everything was tasty. Some friends of mine had the same as I did, but with Mac n Cheese and that was tasty, cheese and creamy. Everything was great and pricing was not bad, I'd say $15-20 a person.
This place was at the TOP of my list to visit during my stay in NOLA. It did not disappoint me. I absolutely love the food and it is the BEST DAMN FRIED CHICKEN EVER!!! My husband ordered the white meat and I ordered the dark meat so we could SHARE, both were good. I had the mac and cheese, it was delicious! We did not have to wait, we went at 10 am when it first opened.
Please add this wonderful restaurant to your list....ENJOY
Walked 30 minutes twice in 2 days for this place. Even got a meal to go because I had to fly 3 hours to get to New Orleans so why not? The chicken was “I couldn’t put it down” delicious. My eat in meal was dark meat and my to-go was white meat. The necks were left on the breast which was a huge hit for me. I’m from the Caribbean so we eat chicken necks by themselves! The catfish, also spectacular. My girlfriend also had and loved it even though she doesn’t like fish! If that doesn’t get you down there, I don’t know what will!
Best fried chicken in the USA, maybe the world. Period. That was the information we had before we went. It just so happens that the word was good, and the chicken is absolutely outstanding. Moist, flavorful, delicious, an impossibly crunchy crust, always hot out of the fryer. It really is the best fried chicken I've ever had.
They just had some renovations done, which were sorely needed, and it really makes the place look better. You might not notice even, but the floors and walls are definitely new. So are the tables and chairs in some of the areas, I think. Anyway, it looks much nicer inside. Not that I would reduce my rating any bit even before the reno was done.
Each time I go back, I'm expecting to be disappointed, because that's how things go in life sometimes with the things we love. But, Willie Mae's keeps making their golden jewels the same way each time, and the consistency is most welcomed. I hope they never change; I hope they never leave; I hope I can always keep coming back to the best fried chicken that I've ever had.
5 STARS FOR THE CHICKEN! It was SO good and FLAVORFUL! The crust was so perfect, better than any chicken crust I have had in my life. We visited when we took a week vacation to New Orleans at the end of July 2018. The sides were not so good, but luckily the chicken made up for that! Give them a try!
Delicious. Best fried chicken I’ve had, hands down. Skin is crispy but not flaky or greasy...don’t know how they get it so perfect!
The potatoes and gravy were tasty - the Mac was just OK. Everything had a very subtle kick. Would give 5 stars but I wish the portions were just bit larger for what you pay. Might come back again before we leave NOLA!
The service isn't the best. It's hectic with people lined up outside and orders being yelled out and servers hurrying past you. But that's not why you go here. You go here for its crispy, well-seasoned fried chicken. The fried chicken was not over-battered and seasoned just right. They were juicy and tender inside. The sides were OK. Some were good, others I didn't love. But overall, it made a great stop to experience one of the iconic eateries in New Orleans.
Some of the best fried chicken I think I've ever had, though it comes at a price (both time and money). Party of 4 went for lunch on a Saturday, arriving at around 1:30pm. We ended up waiting about an hour and fifteen minutes in the outdoor line. Waiting is a little easier when you can crack open a beer in line. I imagine most people get the 3 piece + side order, which is $15. The sides were nothing to write home about, but the chicken was perfect. Crispy skin that you can bite through to reveal juicy chicken underneath... it was a far cry from lesser fried chicken where the skin comes off in a soggy hunk on the first bite. Personally, I felt like the portion sizes were a little small relative to the price, but I suppose you come for the history and experience and pay a little premium for that.
When people say that Willie Mae’s serves the best fried chicken in America, they weren’t kidding! It is The Best Fried Chicken in America.
The meat is juicy yet doesn’t feel greasy. The flavor is amazing and the sides are great. Go for the dark meat to get the full flavor.
There’s a wait to aim for non-peak hours. A forever must visit in New Orleans.
Best fried chicken I've ever had. Thin and crispy skin, fully cooked tender dark meat and juicy white meat? The sides were nothing special but that's not the reason to visit this place. The fried chicken is all you need! I look forward to my next visit.
The food was absolutely delicious and the team ran the place like a well oiled machine.
While there was a line outside the door, it moved quickly. They also had a good musical selection playing (lots of '90s RnB which I loved!).
Our waitress was friendly and accommodating. The fried chicken was worthy of its James Beard award win. Seasoned to perfection, moist and crispy. There was no need for any hot sauce or other condiments. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The sweet tea was classic southern sweet tea, sweet but not syrupy.
I had the red velvet cake for dessert. My friend had the bread pudding. Both delicious and decadent. Will definitely go back for my next NOLA trip.
We were so excited to try the fried chicken here. The wait was over an hour in off and on rainy weather. I feel like that could've been handled a bit better. But once inside the service was great and the food was as delicious as we wanted it to be.
My husband took one bite of the fried chicken and said, "Can we move here?" Advertised as the best fried chicken in America, Willie Mae's exceeded all expectations simply because I never could have imagined anything that good! It's a place that makes you wish you could eat forever. Just make sure you order as many sides as you can manage while leaving room for an unforgettable dessert. We had Brussels sprouts, mac & cheese, candied yams and rice and beans, plus cornbread to go with our fried chicken. Beyond belief!
My waitress Tasha made my first experience a wonderful one. The food was hot and delicious. I ordered the fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and candied yams and I ate every bite. The entire staff was very very welcoming and friendly. Not mention I ordered food to take on my flight.. I highly recommend this place.. I will definitely be returning.
Everyone we spoke to from the time we landed recommended this spot and it did not disappoint. We stood in line for about 20 minutes, which was not too bad. I was able to taste the fried chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, corn bread and bread pudding. Everything was very delicious! If you are looking for the best soul food this is the place.
We came to NOLA looking to try the best soul food Louisiana had to offer... this place did not dissapoint!!!! The fried chicken was so juicy and full of flavor; the mac and cheese and candied yams were phenomenal! I highly recommend this place to anyone who's looking for real down home cooking. Out server Candy was a sweetheart. We cant wait to visit again so we can enjoy this food.
Our first time at Willie Mae's and it surely did not disappoint! Barely waited to be seated, our server was fast, attentive and friendly. The food was the hot and fresh, I have never in my life experienced such delectable fried chicken. Can't wait to come back next year!
And fried chicken is phenomenal as you can see from the photos. We had ours delivered Uber eats with no problem I was still warm. Definitely will order again next time we’re in town for business. Mac & cheese was great as was the peas and mashed potatoes. Very good gravy.
This review is long overdue. I was here back in March for my very first trip to NOLA. Let me be clear if you’re not there early enough you will have to wait but trust me it’s so worth it (my friend and I arrived about an hour and a half after they opened and waited for about that same amount of time. The line got much longer after we arrived). The food was so delicious!!! One of the sides that came with my order was peas and let me tell you despite the fact that I absolutely HATE peas, I ate every single pea off my plate that day. I also want to rave about our server Regan (I remember his name because it rhymes with Negan, a character from the Walking Dead for those who don’t know). Regan was an awesome server. He was friendly and helpful with all of our questions about the French quarter. He paid just enough attention to our table so we were never waiting for anything too long but at the same time he wasn’t annoying us by coming by too often. At the end of our meal we really really REALLY wanted to try the bread pudding but unfortunately we were informed it was 86’d. I don’t know how but by some miracle Regan made sure the kitchen was able to push out 2 more bread puddings for my best friend and I to try and we left Willie Mae’s with an overall excellent experience! Thank you for being a highlight throughout my first trip to New Orleans. I can’t wait to return!
Best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Everything was incredibly fresh, the chicken was juicy (I got dark meat), the breading was crispy and flavorful. The mac n cheese was also delicious, although the portions were a bit small for my liking. Peas were good too. I got a side of fried okra which were okay. The corn bread was small but moist and delicious.
My complaints: I was expecting a long wait, and got it. Waited an hour in line, but it was fine. They have benches so that’s nice. However, once I was seated, I ordered within 5 minutes (they have the menu posted outside) and I waited 50 minutes for my food. It’s nice that the food was fresh, but waiting for that long kinda sucked.
The portions were also pretty small (except the chicken), and I wish they were bigger so that I could bring them home. It’s also not super cheap - $15 for 3 pieces of chicken and a side, and $5 for an extra side. I don’t think I’ll come back again, mostly because of the wait. If you only have a couple of days in NOLA, I would suggest spending those 3 hours waiting and eating at another location - or waiting 2 hours in line at Preservation Hall for some good jazz.
The best fried chicken I've ever had. Super juicy and the batter was delicious. I had fried and they were seasoned well. Our server was very friendly and attentive. I will definitely come back on my next trip to NOLA.
Got here on a Saturday at around 2:45 pm, a bit late for lunch. Line took 30 minutes. What was worse was that the food took about 45 minutes to come, for our party of 2. But the couple that came in at the same time as us, but ordered 5 minutes before us, got their food right away! Funny. Kinda disappointing to see them get their food so fast, less than 10 minutes. And we had to wait for our food for about 45 minutes. Nonetheless, when the chicken came out it was good, dark meat was super juicy. The skin was fried beautifully. The Mac n cheese was solid, nothing fancy. However my sister has came two times before this time, and she said this batch was more spicy than the other two times. So perhaps they are not super consistent with their chicken. But still great chicken nonetheless.
No doubt this place serves up some of the best fried chicken. Though waiting up to 2 hours in the cold can make you so hungry that almost anything would taste great. But this place is legit. Though I'll never wait that long again since I already had it. If the wait is much shorter for some reason I'll come back. Definitely worth it.
Area is kinda sketch but the workers are super nice. There is a bucket of iced cold water outside when you wait in line and that is super thoughtful of them...read this and 2163 more