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Willie Mae's Scotch House

2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119-3405 (Mid-City)
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Ranked #86 of 1,578 restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: Mid-City
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81% Recommend
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English first
Seattle WA area
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We had lunch here around 10:45 am (I know, a little early for lunch but we were hungry!). The fried chicken order has 3 pieces. My friend and I split an order which is allowable if you order at least one extra side. We wanted mashed potatoes but our server said they weren't ready yet. Really?? Fried chicken without mashed... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Traveling from the French Quarter to the Sixth Ward to sample Willie Mae's Fried Chicken is worth the cab ride, shoot it's worth the walk. Be prepared to wait. No one will take your name or the number in your party, but be patient and you will finally make your way inside for the best fried chicken in the world.... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Get there early!!! Shuts door a couple hours before closing. Expect at least 30 minute wait. Do it anyway; is the best fried chicken I ever had. The red beans and rice and corm muffins are also a must. Part local, part tourist-old building with a great staff. Don't miss this place, not health food but tastes great

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Rogers, AR
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I have had my grandmother's, my Mother's, my Wife's, Colonel Sanders' before it was a chain, and at 100's of other places famous for fried chicken. Willie Mae's is the best!

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Antioch, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Unfortunately we arrived about 5:15 and the restaurant is only open from 10-5; however, they were so kind, one of the workers there packed us up 2 little boxes of chicken (3 pieces each) and we went to the park and devoured the chicken---EXCELLENT

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Forked River, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Completely worth the wait-- this is by far the best fried chicken i've ever had. It is in a fairly sketchy neighborhood, however you can walk from the quarter. The food is AMAZING. it is a MUST visit if you are in New Orleans.

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Columbus, GA
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I heard so much about this place so while I was visiting NOLA I made a point of eating here before I leave the state of Louisiana. I had the chicken white meat two sides mac and cheese plus peas. The chicken was moist but a bit salty. The Mac AND Cheese was spicy but good. The sweet peas had... More

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Tampa, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Willie Mae started her fried chicken business back in the 1940's. The same recipe amazingly makes a crunchy outside with a tender juicy inside....same for the sweet potato fries. Deanna provided great attention and service and humbly agreed that "this chicken is what we are known for." Wille. Mae's offers baked chicken, fried okra, cornbread, and other New Orleans favorites... More

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Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The food was good (red beans, cornbread, chicken) but from when we arrived until we finished was almost 2 1/2 hours.

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Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

You will read about this and wonder. How could this place really be the best. Try it. Stgruggle to park. Look at the dank neighborhood, glance at the other worried faces, then drop your ten bucks for the best fried chicken ever. Ever. Butter beans are worth coming back for. And in a city known for red beans and rice... More

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