A stalwart in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, Willie Mae’s boasts a customer line that frequently extends beyond the back of the building. During my last visit I shared conversation and laughs with tourists, locals, a bachelor party and some of the country’s most renowned chefs, all patiently waiting for a chance to tear into some of the best fried chicken in the region. The crisp-yet-smooth exterior gives the appearance of a wet batter, and the deliciously salty-to-the-bone chicken seems evident of a brine; however, no one on staff would confirm or deny my theories. Confirmation or not, the crispy fried chicken, with a side of butter beans over rice and a tall glass of sweet tea, was simply soul food nirvana.
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