Willie Mae's

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Willie Mae's

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In the 1970s, this “scotch house,” or bar, added a little restaurant run by Ms Willie Mae Seaton, whose exemplary wings, thighs and drumsticks went on to line many a hungry drinker’s belly. The recipient of a James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region” and recognition from the Food Network and Travel Channel as America’s best fried chicken, Willie Mae’s bounced back after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and still thrives under the direction of Ms Seaton’s great-granddaughter. Dig into a plate of three pieces of crisp, greaseless chicken (go for the dark meat) along with a classic side like creamy mac and cheese, or red beans and rice.

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Willie Mae's says
Willie Mae’s Scotch House was established in 1957 as a bar in New Orleans’ Historic Treme neighborhood. After a year, the bar was moved to it’s current location, which consisted of a bar, a barbershop and beauty salon in the front. In the early 1970’s, the beauty salon closed, which brought on the demand for a restaurant from Willie Mae’s bar customers. The aromas of Mississippi and Louisiana cuisine emanating from the kitchen filled the air and brought on constant demand for delicious food. Their demand was met and the rest is history. In 2005, Ms. Willie Mae Seaton was honored with the prestigious James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region.”
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By: Lauren Rothman


Venue name: Willie Mae's
Address: 2401 St Ann St
New Orleans
Cross street: at N Tonti St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
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Best fried chicken I've ever had. Always worth the uber here. You can walk off your food coma into the French quarter after. Expect a line during the day, but well worth the wait

The chicken is 5 star worthy! I hardly noticed the side dishes because of it. Read the history, the facility is just what you would expect - more of a neighborhood feel. The place was clean and we didn't feel crowded at all. The service was warm and friendly, prompt and thorough. The prices are very fair. If I lived in the area, I think this would be a regular Sunday-after-meeting lunch spot for my family. If we ever get back to New Orleans, we will surely plan a stop at Willie Mae's