By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 16, 2022 at 11:01 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 – 2022 will be no exception.

In fact, Maxie's will be offering a very special New Orleans themed menu on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 and again on Monday Feb. 28 (Lundi Gras) and March 1 (Fat Tuesday). 

The special menu will  be available for both dine-in and curbside pick-up with online ordering available. Reservations are highly recommended for dine-in service and can be made by calling (414) 292-3969 or on OpenTable.

Oyster po boys
Oyster poboy (Photo: Maxie's)

Delicious things await

During the celebration, guests will be able to enjoy a wide range of Cajun & Creole specialties including duck gumbo, crawfish étouffée, catfish courtbouillon, crispy boudin balls, and Maxie’s muffuletta.

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. 

Dine-in guests can also enjoy a four-piece band of Extra Crispy musicians roving the restaurant from 6-8 p.m. during all four nights of the Mardi Gras celebration.

For those celebrating at home with family, Maxie's is also offering a special Mardi Gras Box which feeds four with jambalaya or vegetarian jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, Maxie’s mighty-mighty gumbo, and maque choux salad to feed four for $90. King cakes will also be available to add to box orders. Boxes can be ordered online Feb. 20-24, with pick-up between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25; Saturday, Feb. 26; Monday, Feb. 28; or Tuesday, March 1.  

Additional details are available at

Cast iron casserole
Cast iron casserole (Photo: Maxie's)

Details of note

Maxie’s fish fry will NOT be available on Friday, Feb. 25; however, it will return in full on March 2, just in time for Ash Wednesday. In addition, due to the special menu, regular menu items may not be available Feb. 25 through March 1. 

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.