Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Review by: Michael Stern

Willie Mae’s got famous for fried chicken. The once-inconspicuous bar that started in the Treme neighborhood has become a destination for culinary pilgrims from New Orleans and beyond. It was a locally-loved gem before 2005, when a James Beard anointed it as an American classic. But then, hurricane Katrina virtually destroyed it. The reborn restaurant, located in the 6th Ward not far from the French Quarter, is bright-white, clean, and welcoming.

The chicken is worth a visit — moist and dark-meat-luscious inside an amber crust so fragile that it tends to flake into savory shards when you bite into it. The brittle pieces of crust melt into a flavor halo around the meat they enclose.

Fried-food frowners (who really should find someplace else to eat) can order a pork chop cooked without batter and hence crustless. It’s simply a good piece of pork that has been enthusiastically seasoned.

Directions & Hours

11am - 8pm
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

What To Eat

Fried Chicken

Chicken-Fried Pork Chop

Fried Pork Chop

Butter Beans

Red Beans

Sweet Tea

Potato Salad


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One Response to “Willie Mae’s Scotch House”

Carl Perry

May 10th, 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 renovated shack in Treme, Willie Mae’s next generation (she’s in her 90s now) carries on the family tradition that creates a line out the shack door each day from 11AM to 3PM. Photos of the family and local musicians, and a sign that says “Love served here,” decorate the walls.

The chicken comes with two sides (butter beans and a side salad for me) and homemade lemonade. Well, I must admit this isn’t like the fried chicken that I’m used to having (and that’s a good thing). Her coating is thin, light, good-tasting, and clings to the skin when you take a bite. Alone, it’s salty but it complements the chicken well.

The butter beans and lemonade were good comfort food and the side salad was upscale enough to look out of place in this neighborhood. There may be other claimants to the BFC title but right now Willie Mae, you are the one to beat.


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