For better or worse, the restaurant has become a tourist destination, and reviews online have noted long waits at peak hours. Located about a mile or two outside the comfy confines of the French Quarter, it's best to take a cab to the restaurant since it's located in a pretty isolated area that supposed can get dicey at night.
Our group went on an Monday at around 3pm so we were able to snag a table without waiting in line. There were several delicious looking soul food dishes on the menu but were were all there for the fried chicken! A three piece dinner with a side is a very reasonable $10.
The chicken was cooked fresh to order and was served piping hot. There is a batter but the skin is very light and extremely crispy. Yes, the batter and the chicken is a bit greasy, but the inside of the chicken very moist and juicy as well. Their chicken is definitely unique and really really good. I try to stay away from does it live up to "the best fried chicken" hype since some people may ultimately get disappointed. I just simply sat down, enjoyed my meal, and ate some really good fried chicken!
With an order of chicken you get the choice of a side...which includes fries, red beans and rice, butter beans and rice, and green beans and rice. Here's a pic of a "side" of butter beans and rice. As you can see, it's a huge healthy portion and the beans and rice tasted delicious...just so hearty and comforting....
We also ordered a side of green beans and rice, which was also excellent!
Willie Mae's serves up some deeee-licious fried chicken, with some amazing side dishes to boot! I would definitely recommend coming here if you're in the New Orleans area.
Here's a feature on the restaurant: