Some people will argue about which restaurant serves New Orleans’ best fried chicken, but there’s really only one answer: Willie Mae’s Scotch House. Located in the heart of Tremé, 99-year-old Willie Mae Seaton and her family have been serving a crunchy, spicy, wet-battered fried chicken since 1957 and turned an unassuming spot into a must-try location when visiting the city. Diners should also save room for Willie Mae’s white beans and pork chops, as well as a particularly delicious take on smothered veal. It’s Southern comfort food at its finest.
Know Before You Go: If the Treme location is too crowded, Willie Mae’s recently opened another outpost Uptown (7457 St. Charles) which serves the same dishes—even if it lacks a little bit of the same character.