Fried Chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans

Willie Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans claims to have America’s best fried chicken. That’s an ambitious claim, but we agree.

The restaurant blends seamlessly into the neighborhood with the exception of an inevitable line of eager diners that curls around the corner during lunch most days.

The Food At Willie Mae’s

While the menu at Willie Mae’s Scotch House features items like fried catfish and a seafood platter, we’re not sure who orders those dishes.

Each bite of our fried chicken was a revelation – crispy and slightly salty on the outside while utterly moist and juicy on the inside – during our first lunch at Willie Mae's.

Fried Chicken

Daryl smartly honored the New Orleans tradition of red beans on Monday by ordering a side of red beans and rice.


The cornbread muffins at Willie Mae's are perfectly flaky as good cornbread should be. We recommend pairing the southern specialty with your Willie Mae's fried chicken feast.


Fried okra was a fun choice that we couldn’t skip during our first visit. We popped a couple before we ran out of room. They were almost as tasty a few hours later on the plane.

Fried Okra

Sweet yet refreshing, the key lime pie was a delightful dessert to share after our savory meal.


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