Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Chicken Dinner | Soul Food
Worth a detour

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.

What to Eat
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Willie Mae's chicken is enveloped in a wet batter that turns crisp when it fries.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Chicken-Fried Pork Chop
Chicken-Fried Pork Chop
Willie Mae's fried pork chop has piggy richness all its own.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Butter Beans
Butter Beans
As rich as filet mignon, big butter beans give vegetables a good name.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Fried Pork Chop
Fried Pork Chop
Batterless fried pork chop is enthusiastically seasoned.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Red Beans
Red Beans
Red beans simply are red beans, without the traditional sausage companion.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Sweet Tea
Sweet Tea
Ice tea comes sweet or not.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Potato Salad
Potato Salad
Unorthodox potato salad is mostly mashed.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11am - 3pm
Tuesday11am - 3pm
Wednesday11am - 3pm
Thursday11am - 3pm
Friday11am - 3pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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