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Willie Mae's Scotch House

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Cajun / Creole Restaurant, and Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Treme - Lafitte, New Orleans
  • This Southern food restaurant is famous for their fried chicken. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Caroline S.
    "Fried chicken, sweet potato fries, & corn bread for the table FTW!"(13 Tips)
    Dan B.
    "The Fried Okra is the best in the Parish"(6 Tips)
    Emily D.
    "Best sides: green beans & mac n cheese"(10 Tips)
    "Try the butter brands and rice, fried chicken and the bread pudding!"(5 Tips)
143 Tips and reviews
  • fried chicken
  • cornbread
  • fried okra
  • casual
  • mac & cheese
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  • Connie C.
    Connie Chiu3 weeks ago
    One of the best fried chicken I've ever had. Crispy crispy skin with juicy meat. Fried okra and green peas are surprisingly good sides.
  • Jess O.
    Famous fried chicken, definitely a wait even in off periods but delicious food and sweet potato chips are awesome
  • Emily D.
    Emily DApril 11
    Best sides: green beans & mac n cheese
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren D.March 4
    good fried chicken and super friendly staff, but not sure if it was worth the haul plus long wait.
  • chloe k.
    chloe koslenJanuary 26
    apparently some of the best fried chicken in nola
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MJanuary 13
    Fried. Chicken.
  • Eric P.
    Eric PerretJanuary 5
    The fried chicken
  • Nelly
    NellyJanuary 5
    That chicken! That Mac N Cheese ! And the cornbread OMG! Excellent 🍴❤
  • Jada Pada
    Jada PadaJanuary 3
    Everyone talks about the chicken but the catfish is where y'at
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RudolphDecember 14, 2016
    This is the best fried chicken!
  • Barbara B.
    Barbara BilodeauNovember 17, 2016
    There may be better fried chicken somewhere but it's hard to imagine how it could be
  • Amber
    AmberNovember 3, 2016
    "Best fried chicken in America" - Yup it was incredible. But the bread pudding we had for dessert was even better. ...Does that make it the best bread pudding in the world?
  • Mac
    MacOctober 24, 2016
    Try the Scotch!!!
  • Paola C.
    Paola Cáceres OmañaOctober 23, 2016
    Great fried chicken but be prepared to wait.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WOctober 22, 2016
    Come after lunch on a weekday - no line!
  • Vansi
    VansiOctober 22, 2016
    The fried chicken is amazing. The red beans and rice are not that great.
  • Zed Y.
    Zed YasayOctober 9, 2016
    Fried chicken of course but the secret winner is the mac and cheese. Had tons of flavor that go beyond your typical mac and cheese.
  • PureWow
    PureWowSeptember 9, 2016
    New Orleans isn’t just about gumbo, po’boys, and beignets. As the hours-long line at this Treme legend proves, they also have some of the best fried birds in the country. Damn them. Read more
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Try the America's Best Fried Chicken - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Try the America's Best Fried Chicken - One of the best meals I've ever had. The best fried chicken I've ever had! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Try the Seasoned Green Beans - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Try the Cornbread Muffins - Soooo good! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Try the Butter Beans - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2, 2016
    This is great chicken in a wet batter. It's spicy and salty, just how fried chicken should be. The mac 'n' cheese, butter beans and rice, and fried okra with cornbread are perfect, too. Read more
  • Coletta R.
    Coletta RobertsJune 16, 2016
    OMG!! They must mop the floor with grease! In the absence of nasty throw rugs, You can't get traction to stand/sit. Restroom floors were the same. The staff was nice enough, but the place is nasty!
  • Jamey M.
    Jamey MaurerMay 13, 2016
    Unbelievable chicken. Best ever.
  • Joel A.
    Joel A.May 13, 2016
    The best fried chicken I've had. Everything fried chicken should be: crispy, exploding with juice and max flavor! They didn't win a James Beard award in 2005 for nothing!
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzMay 12, 2016
    I don't eat chicken, but order the tasty veg lima beans and red beans and fried okra.
  • Taiann
    TaiannApril 29, 2016
    The fried chicken was amazing!!! The okra and rice and gravy were also very tasty. The string beans were lack lusting and taste like they may have been from a can.
  • Michele L.
    Michele LiApril 25, 2016
    It's been six years between visits and they haven't lost their touch. The chicken is juicy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and great with a side of okra. Worth the cross country trek.
  • Sandy L.
    Sandy LeyApril 13, 2016
    Americas best + red rice n beans
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelMarch 13, 2016
    This chicken is legit. You'll need a nap afterwards.
  • Josefina B.
    Josefina Blanco-CerdaFebruary 28, 2016
    The fry chicken is absolutely delicious.
  • Georgia A.
    Georgia AndrewsFebruary 12, 2016
    That mac & cheese was fantastic
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarkFebruary 11, 2016
    Fried chicken is amazing.
  • Mathieu S.
    Mathieu SabourinFebruary 2, 2016
    The fried chicken was amazing.
  • Joel G.
    Joel GoldmanJanuary 23, 2016
    Fried chicken, only available for lunch until 5PM.
  • Aileen T.
    Aileen TseJanuary 18, 2016
    one of the best fried chicken and spicy beans
  • Bethany G.
    Bethany GipsonDecember 29, 2015
    Be prepared to stand in line outside for 1-2 hours.
  • Bethany G.
    Bethany GipsonDecember 29, 2015
    Even the salads are delish!
  • ufuk b.
    ufuk birizNovember 15, 2015
    best louisiana chicken ever. sweet potato is must
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.November 13, 2015
    Wonderful fried chicken.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GambrelOctober 26, 2015
    Overrated and overpriced. Want to know what it's like to have Long John Silver style beer batter on 2 pieces of fried chicken and then pay $12 for it? Yeah me neither.
  • Enrique G.
    Enrique GrajalesAugust 23, 2015
    Chicken and red beans and rice
  • Ben K.
    Get the fried chicken with red beans and rice.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MyersMarch 15, 2015
    No mystery here. The chicken is what you should have. The catfish & shrimp isn't bad either.
  • Port L.
    Port LauMarch 9, 2015
    Definitely try the cornbread!
  • Elevine B.
    Elevine BergeMarch 6, 2015
    Fried catfish was super delicious, crisp and fresh. Side of fried okras was ok, corn bread muffins much better!
  • Sirus O.
    Sirus OrndoffFebruary 12, 2015
    Watever home cookin is your fav. Get it. I got the fried chk.
  • Wayne S.
    Wayne SurberFebruary 5, 2015
    Recommended by @foodculturist The proprietor is in her 90s but it wasn't open when we had availability to go! :(
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherJanuary 21, 2015
    The world's best fried chicken. Also, butter beans and corn bread. Dooky Chase's chicken isn't even in the same universe
  • Mamie J.
    Mamie JohnsonJanuary 16, 2015
    Definetly glad we tried this place, but wouldn't come out of my to try again. Chicken was very good. The batter just wasn't to my liking...too greasy.
  • Maxwell F.
    Maxwell FoxmanJanuary 2, 2015
    Huge line and at least an hour wait. Get there early
  • Christian W.
    Christian WoffordJanuary 1, 2015
    Best fried chicken I've ever had. Worth the wait
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacDecember 30, 2014
    The fried chicken lived up to the hype. Get here early, the place was full by 10:30 AM.
  • Glen P.
    Glen PicadashDecember 20, 2014
    First time here. Smells amazing!
  • Glen B.
    Glen BischoffDecember 14, 2014
    Fried chicken of course
  • Paige D.
    Paige DyerDecember 2, 2014
    Everything was excellent! Friendly staff!
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WrightDecember 2, 2014
    Everyone talks about the chicken... And it's decent, but those butter beans are on point!
  • Charita B.
    Charita BatisteSeptember 5, 2014
    The Chicken. That is all.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Willie Mae's Scotch House as seen on Bizarre Foods America , Food Paradise , Unique Eats Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    John Besh, chef of Borgne, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Fried chicken. Read more
  • Renae H.
    Renae HinesAugust 14, 2014
    Fried pork chop , cornbread, red beans, potato salad, and mac N cheese was all delicious!
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 10, 2014
    Best fried chicken in America.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisAugust 4, 2014
    Fried chicken, sweet potato fries, & corn bread for the table FTW!
  • Felicia M.
    Felicia MoeisJuly 15, 2014
    Try to beat the lunchtime rush that happens at 11...yes, 11.
  • Vernon G.
    Vernon GoJune 27, 2014
    Good chicken. Probably better when drunk. But not amazing.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BiniMay 30, 2014
    The Fried Okra is the best in the Parish
  • Susan C.
    Susan ClaxtonMay 26, 2014
    Fried chicken and butter beans. They charge $3 to share and are literal about giving you ONE share plate.
  • Points Of V.
    Points Of VieuxMay 15, 2014
    So much for "chicken is chicken". There is something special going on in this kitchen.
  • Joe S.
    Joe ShmoeApril 9, 2014
    Best fried chicken in the world!
  • AceAdams A.
    AceAdams AllStarMarch 17, 2014
    Red beans and fried chicken do a body good.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GunnFebruary 27, 2014
    Chicken - that's all you need to know
  • Bill C.
    Bill CarballoFebruary 23, 2014
    There is no fried chicken on this Earth- better....
  • Bill C.
    Bill CarballoFebruary 19, 2014
    Best place on Earth.....
  • Shelley M.
    Shelley MacGregorJanuary 30, 2014
    A line out the door on weekends, but so worth it! Delicious chicken with a bit of a burn in the batter. Corn muffins are a nice add on.
  • Keleigh
    KeleighJanuary 4, 2014
    The best fried chicken in the world!
  • Genna S.
    Genna SpeedDecember 23, 2013
    I'd love to be able to tell you it was good, but they wouldn't seat us. What a way to treat a local. Disappointed.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LakesDecember 6, 2013
    Delicious!! But get there before the crowd, cuz when the chicken's gone... it's gone!!
  • Jeb R.
    Jeb RoDecember 1, 2013
    Probably the best fried chicken I've ever had, though I think part of their secret is lots of salt. Their cornbread is also killer.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WillisNovember 20, 2013
  • Gina W.
    Gina Wiggs WilliamsNovember 11, 2013
  • Peter L.
    Peter LadaOctober 23, 2013
    Best Fried Chicken: Willie Mae's Scotch House. It's right around the corner of from Dooky Chase. They're famous for their fried chicken. It started off as a Scotch house.
  • Thea L.
    Thea LennaOctober 22, 2013
    Absolutely delicious fried chicken and the butter beans are a must have! Try to get there as close to opening as possible or else they will run out of stuff and there will be a long wait.
  • Tamiko P.
    Tamiko PhiferSeptember 10, 2013
    The mac and cheese is not baked
  • Rose M.
    Rose MatthewsSeptember 7, 2013
    Ok-the chicken is VERY good... Willie Mae's definitely has a certain je ne sais quoi but part of that certain "something" is the employees. From the bus boy, the waiter to the server all were AWESOME!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KwokSeptember 5, 2013
    Lives up to the hype - the Chicken is amazing
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansAugust 27, 2013
    Gambit's Best of New Orleans: Best Soul Food Restaurant Read more
  • LumosAmaretto M.
    LumosAmaretto MuseAugust 27, 2013
    Deliciously battered.. but the gravy has got to be by far the best gravy on this planet! I want to sop it up with many deliciousness carbs .. 😱😊
  • michael n.
    michael nerenburgJuly 22, 2013
    It's really good. But fried chicken can really only be so good. Come once, that's enough. I certainly wouldn't wait in a line for this.
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChapaJuly 20, 2013
    One of the best fried chickens I have ever had, more like a super crispy dark brown tempura batter, nicely salty and really has a crunch. Super tender. Don't forget to tip the bathroom attendant.
  • Jada Pada
    Jada PadaJuly 5, 2013
    I'm from NOLA & never heard of this place. A coworker told me about it so I made it a point to stop here next time I visit my city. The chicken was good but the catfish was great.
  • Henry O.
    Henry Ofosu-apeaJune 21, 2013
  • John M.
    John McCarleyJune 8, 2013
    Try the America's Best Fried Chicken
  • Julie M.
    Julie McLeodMay 7, 2013
    Less than thrilled.We waited 1 hr 4 table for "world famous fried chicken" then told they were out b/c they didn't get delivery. Had we known, wouldn't have waited. What we had wasn't worth the wait.
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzMay 2, 2013
    Winner of James Beard Institute (2005) and Southern Foodways Alliance Guardian of Tradition awards.
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzMay 2, 2013
    The butter beans melt in yo' mouth!
  • Carolyn W.
    Carolyn W.April 27, 2013
    Don't leave to New Orleans without getting this fried chicken.
  • Wanda D.
    Wanda DeJesus E.April 2, 2013
    Fried chicken here is the best I've ever had. The mac & cheese was just ok, but who cares? It's all about the fried chicken. String beans were also good, as were the corn bread muffins.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarzellaApril 1, 2013
    You can't go wrong with the fried chicken..... It's def worth the wait.
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