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Price Range
Treme - Lafitte, Mid-City
American Restaurants, Bars, Taverns, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Free

Bike Parking: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: BYOB

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Javier V.



Service was ok, but food not that good, this place is over rated and very expensive you can get better quality fried chicken at the gas station way better than Willie Mae, we pay $15 for 3 chicken tenders and a few french fries for my kids, and i end up paying $20 for a 3 piece white meet fried chicken plus they add 20% tip on my ticket without even asking for it and we were not 6 like every restaurant usually do, it was just me and my 3 kids, again this place is WAY to over rated. Definitely not coming back and i am from New Orleans i know what good food taste like.

Monique C.



My husband and I stopped by every spot we could while on our honeymoon in 2010. When we got to Willie Mae's we could not believe the line, a sign of good food. Our wait was worth every bite.. This chicken is the stuff that my dreams are made of. Everytime someone tells me they are going to or thru New Orleans I ask for them to bring me back some chicken. It has been 3 years and I still crave the taste. will be back soon.

Big F


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Didn't go in

New to New Orleans, saw Willie Mae's on Food Network as I assume did every other tourist. Had to use GPS to find it, drove up to it, saw the line of tourists around the teeny tiny building, rolled up our windows, locked our doors and drove away. Since discussing this with locals, our understanding is that the chicken is in fact good but there is good fried chicken all over town and the neighborhood is so seedy that it's not worth it. I don't think I will ever find out for myself.



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Big Disappointment

My wife and I have been trying to get there since Katrina and finally made it Saturday. Big Disappointment I am afraid. Although the chicken was cooked to the proper doneness, it was a bit greasy and overdone on the outside (i.e. too dark and over crispy). My grandmother makes a much better fried chicken to be honest.
The red beans were mediocre. Service was slow, but cordial. Won;'t go back and won't recommend it. Sorry.



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Fried Chicken at its best

The chicken is rolling. It melts in ur mouth. The skin is seasoned to perfection and crispy.



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I was visiting N. O. and remembered the place from the food network. ""The best fried chicken in N. O."" is what they said. If this is great chicken, then you have not been around much. I am from the deep south, and this chicken is NOT it . The chicken is very ordinary and not even typical of ""southern fried chicken"". The chicken was not flavorful and not a good representation of what we southerners can whip up in the kitchen. The red beans and rice were mediocre at best.



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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!



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3 pieces (wing,leg and thigh)and fries was $11.00. No choice on pieces you want. Desserts cost $5.00 for cheesecake and $4.50 for bread pudding.
It was clean.



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Poor service, good food

Although the chicken was wonderful, our experience was tainted by the HORRIBLE service. We arrived and received a table immediately. However, our server didn't even give us menus for an HOUR!! He continued to walk by our table multiple times during the hour, not even making eye contact with us. When we were finally able to order, the food came out quite quickly. Due to the poor service, we missed a tour we could have easily made if we had just been given menus.



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Worlds Best Fried Chicken!

Located on a street corner, next to a still inactive grade school, grab a cab and go. If the driver gets a little lost, as ours did, just ask anybody in the neighborhood and they know Willie Mae's.

As you walk by the open kitchen to the second dining room you will see Willie Mae's Granddaughter, the keeper of the family recipe for chicken, on duty in the kitchen.

Prices are reasonable, service is good and the Fried Chicken is the best.

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