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Willie Mae's Scotch House

2401 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA - (504) 822-9503
Willie Mae's is a soul-food mecca in New Orleans. It was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina but rebuilt, becoming a favorite not only among locals but also of food pilgrims in search of the fried-chicken holy grail.
75% Approval Rating (8 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Chicken
Sweet Tea
Butter Beans
Unsweetened Tea
Chicken-Fried Pork Chop
Potato Salad
Red Beans
French fries
Fried Pork Chop

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Willie Mae's got famous for fried chicken. The once-inconspicuous eatery in the Lower Ninth Ward has become a major destination for culinary pilgrims from all over New Orleans and beyond. It was raggedy before Katrina's devastation; the reborn restaurant is ..."   [Read More]
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Carl Perry
May 10, 2011
"There is no shortage of restaurants in the South advertising the “World’s Best Fried Chicken” (about as many as Texas joints with the best BBQ, I suppose). In New Orleans, a persistent claimant to that title is Willie Mae’s Scotch House. Operating out of a ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

2401 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA
(504) 822-9503

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Willie Mae's chicken is enveloped in a wet batter that turns crisp when it fries. It will flake and fall when you sink your teeth into it, and that is a good thing. Fragility is one of this bird's best qualities, the other being tremendously succulent meat.
"Willie Mae's chicken is enveloped in a wet batter that turns crisp when it fries. It will flake and fall when you sink your teeth into it, and that is a good thing. Fragility is one of this bird's best qualities, the other being tremendously succulent meat."
Michael Stern





Chicken is Willie Mae's go-to dish, but if you're allergic to it, you can have a pork chop battered and cooked the same way. While not as tender, the chop has a deep, piggy richness all its own.
"Chicken is Willie Mae's go-to dish, but if you're allergic to it, you can have a pork chop battered and cooked the same way. While not as tender, the chop has a deep, piggy richness all its own."
Michael Stern


As rich as filet mignon, these big butter beans give vegetables a good name. They are one of the side dishes that can come with your chicken or they can be ordered a la carte for $5.50.
"As rich as filet mignon, these big butter beans give vegetables a good name. They are one of the side dishes that can come with your chicken or they can be ordered a la carte for $5.50."
Michael Stern


Unlike most New Orleans restaurants, when Willie Mae's says red beans, that is what they mean: no sausage here. Therefore this is a fairly bland dish, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when you are eating very well-spiced meats.
"Unlike most New Orleans restaurants, when Willie Mae's says red beans, that is what they mean: no sausage here. Therefore this is a fairly bland dish, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when you are eating very well-spiced meats."
Michael Stern


If you don't want your main course battered and fried at Willie Mae's, you are not a total loser. This chop is batterless... and alarmingly seasoned.
"If you don't want your main course battered and fried at Willie Mae's, you are not a total loser. This chop is batterless... and alarmingly seasoned."
Michael Stern


It took a long time to get to the table, but it was worth waiting for.
"It took a long time to get to the table, but it was worth waiting for."
Anne Ritchings


'The Champagne of the South': sweet tea
"'The Champagne of the South': sweet tea"
Michael Stern


This humble restaurant has become a destination for all kinds of people. New Orleans' chief of police was dining at a table near ours.
"This humble restaurant has become a destination for all kinds of people. New Orleans' chief of police was dining at a table near ours."
Michael Stern


A close-up of Willie Mae's fried chicken showcases the skin in all its crunchy glory.
"A close-up of Willie Mae's fried chicken showcases the skin in all its crunchy glory."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The unorthodox potato salad is mostly mashed.
"The unorthodox potato salad is mostly mashed."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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