By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 08, 2021 at 10:01 AM

Year after year, Maxie's, 6732 W. Fairview Ave., has been one of Milwaukee's favorite places to celebrate both Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras.  And – despite changes due to the pandemic – 2021 will be no exception.

In fact, for the second year in a row, the restaurant will be extending the run of its special Mardi Gras menu, offering guests seven days to experience every last bite of New Orleans deliciousness

The Mardi Gras Menu –which will  be available for both dine-in and curbside pick-up – will launch on Feb. 10 and persist through Fat Tuesday (Feb. 16).

Delicious things await

Dishes will include starters like oysters (freshly shucked, Rockefeller, NOLA grilled and cracker-crusted) along with peel and eat shrimp; New Orleans BBQ shrimp; and coconut voodoo shrimp. Maxie’s happy hour (featuring $1 off drinks and $1 freshly-shucked oysters) will also be available from 4 to 6 p.m. every night for dine-in only. 

Maxie's cast iron casserole
Maxie's cast iron casserole

Other offerings will include shrimp bisque ($8.95/$11.95); Mighty Mighty Gumbo ($5.95/$8.95); cast iron casserole with crawfish, tasso, shrimp and orzo pasta ($17.95); and po’boys (shrimp, oyster and beef and gravy) for $14.95-$15.95.

There will also be entrees like jambalaya "me-oh-my-a" ($19.95; vegetarian for $17.95); duck gumbo with okra, tomatoes and rice ($14.50); crawfish etouffee ($18.95) and blackened items including salmon, scallops and hamburger steak with sides (priced $12.95 to $32.95).

Maxie's blackened hamburger steak
Maxie's blackened hamburger steak

And it wouldn't be Mardi Gras without desserts like mini king cakes, strawberry beignets, bourbon balls and bananas foster bread pudding ($6 to $8.50).

For those celebrating at home with family, Maxie's is also offering a special Mardi Gras Box which feeds six to eight with fried chicken, jambalaya with blackened chicken and andouille (no shrimp), maple-braised collard greens, and mac 'n cheese for $95. The box can be ordered online (with one day's notice) now through Feb. 16. 

Reservations are strongly recommended for dine-in service. Guests can reserve their table by phone at (414) 292-3969 or online through Yelp.

Curbside pick-up will be available Feb. 10-16 from 4 to 9 p.m. each night. Orders can be placed online for pick-up.

View the full menu and more details at

Details of note

Maxie’s fish fry (and most regular menu items) will NOT be available during the Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 10-16.  However, following Mardi Gras, Maxie’s will offer their regular menu (including their fish fry) on Wednesday, Feb. 17. They will be closed on Feb. 18, resuming full service (including their Friday fish fry) on Friday, Feb. 19.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.