Everything you could want and more
Living in N.O. for 3 years now I am so mad at myself that I did not go here sooner. I've heard so much about this place and wanted to visit for so long so trust me expectations were high. Well let's say, Willie Mae's delivered and then some.
The fried chicken was every bit as good as billed. I have lived in the South for 23 years now and I can honestly say this is the best I've had.
An unexpected surprise was the cornbread muffins. Not a huge cornbread fan (I know I know and I call myself a Southerner) this cornbread blew me away. It was mildly sweet which was a PERFECT compliment to the hot, crunchy chicken.
The red beans and rice were admittedly not the best I've ever had but that's okay, I wouldn't have wanted them to steal the show from the chicken.
Another pro was the service. Our server could not have been friendlier and did everything he could to meet our needs. He was very attentive and would check on us each time he walked by.
For any of you bbq fans I would call Willie Mae's the Dreamland answer to fried chicken. The buildings are similar (small, ""hole in the wall-esque"") places. Both family run and both serving up the best in their game.
As far as the wait, we did have to wait around 15 mins. but there was also a party of no less than 30 taking up 5 tables in the restaurant ahead of us so that is to be expected.
On a last note, anyone wanting to complain about the price I would love to know where you regularly eat? We had in total 6 pieces of chicken (one being a breast so huge that we had to split it), two bowls of red beans and rice, two corn muffins, and two drinks for $24. A meal at Popeyes containing 2 pieces of chicken, a smaller serving of red beans and rice, a biscuit, and a drink can often run upwards of $8 to $9. And trust me Popeyes is NO Willie Mae's.
In conclusion, go eat this chicken! I'm sorry I didn't do it sooner!