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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited Biloxi for a week and took a day trip to New Orleans and had to stop at Willie Mae's for lunch. Upon arrival, there was about a 40 minute wait, but there were 2 picnic tables outside and we were offered to sit...outside, which we did, with no wait. We both ordered the 3 piece fried chicken which came with 1 side, peas and corn muffin. The chicken was juicy and amazing. The sides were also fresh and delicious. The staff was so friendly and welcoming. I definitely recommend Willie Mae's to anyone visiting New Orleans for the the best fried chicken ever!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to eat here after watching the New Orleans episode of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix...and we are so glad that we did! We both ordered the fried chicken and agreed that it's in the top 5 best fried chicken we...have ever had. Tip: Join the waitlist on Google Recommended Dish: Fried Chicken and Mac n Cheese (or Fried Okra)More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a place I’ve been wanting to try thanks to Anthony Bourdain shared this gem on his show. I was there during the pandemic so I got my food to go. Absolutely amazing food! Chicken was incredibly flavorful and tender. Very filling and satisfying...meal after a day of biking the Quarter solo.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed January 22, 2021

It's hard to tell sometimes whether a place with as much media attention as Willie Mae's is truly an exceptional place or whether it's simply a product of the snowball effect. In this case, it's not hype. Get the sandwich, a lemonade and some red...beans on rice. You will understand. No fault can be found. Lovely people and wonderful food.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 14, 2021 via mobile

We came here on a recommendation. So glad we went here. My wife and I both had the fried chicken and we shared a bread pudding for desert. Our server, Ashley, did a great job and made us feel welcomed. The fried chicken was the...best I have ever had and the macaroni and cheese was very tasty. Don’t go on a full stomach as you will want to get the bread pudding which is made the way bread pudding was intended to be. So happy and full. I highly recommend this place for a wonderful meal.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed December 2, 2020

Located in a residential area we decided to try Willie Mae’s to see if it lived up to the hype. Yes it did! Great chicken and sides. Wonderful service and a comfortable and clean dining room. We loved it.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed December 1, 2020

We were excited to visit this place based on reviews and recommendations. Boy were we disappointed. First it took a while to get seated and once we were seated, it took a while for our server to come. We finally placed our drink order just...to have us told that the lemonade was out so one of us had to order a soda. We ordered our meals and waited about 40 mins for our food. The sides were subpar. I had Mac and cheese which didn’t have any flavor and chicken. My husband what lima beans, green beans and Mac and cheese. He said the green beans tasted like it was out of the cans. The chicken was moist but the coating is different from what I’m used it. It was very flaky. My little one had the chicken strip but they were spicy as well and didn’t have any flavor. Her fries were cold too. Won’t be going back unfortunately. I agree with one of the reviewers that there are way better chicken places in Houston than this place. The server was nice but slow.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 12, 2020

I've been to Willie Mae's twice now and they do not disappoint! If you're planning on visiting you absolutely have to get the lemonade, also the best I've ever had, I wish they sold it by the gallon! the staff have always been friendly and...the food usually comes quick. The sides are all delicious as well. 10/10!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 14, 2020

They open at 11a.m, I arrived at 10:45 and there were a few people waiting outside already. I got in line and a gentle came outside to greet us and said he'll have us inside shortly. The guy had an infectious personality. He got the...doors open and us inside. They had a foot operated hand sanitizing station just inside the door, that everyone had to use upon entry. They also took our name and number, per city ordinance, so if they're happen to be any Covid issue everyone could be contacted. The gentleman who opened happen to be my Server, and he was fast, funny and courteous. I ordered the Fried Chicken, and Okra. The chicken was fried perfectly, not over breaded or salty. The okra was fresh and lightly battered. The meal was delicious and if I wasn't heading out, I would've come back the next day to try something else from the menu. If you're in N.O give them a tryMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 23, 2020

This place did not disappoint! EXCELLENT fried chicken! Once in a lifetime type of place. Cannot wait to go back and visit this gem. Whatever they are doing keep on doing it!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Yes. They can serve you.
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Table service . A bit slow at busy times but well worth the wait.
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I’d agree that the area could be a bit sketchy. But there are always people in line, and it seems safe right at the restaurant. If there is a line, it’s kind of a fun vibe. I wouldn’t walk there from the Quarter, but it’s... More
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