It’s BBQ season! We have an action-packed run lined up through the end of summer. C’mon out and join us at these special events around the community — most of which are FREE to attend — and get some South in yo’ mouth!
• Aug. 23, 5 p.m. — NEWaukee 7 Bridges BBQ
Team Maxie’s will be down at Grant Park for a sublime evening on Aug. 23, when NEWaukee presents a progressive dinner and music event on the Seven Bridges trail. Wander through the forest, sip and sample local food and beverages, and make your way to the beach to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Michigan on a warm summer evening.
Tickets are $35 each and include six food and beer samples (Click here). A cash bar will be available on the beach at the end of the trail. If you want to experience the night hike and not sample food or beer, there is no charge to attend.
• Aug. 25, 12-8 p.m. — WMSE’s 9th Annual Backyard BBQ
You’re in for a helluva good time as longtime alt-country rockers the Old 97’s headline WMSE’s Backyard BBQ, a FREE day of concerts at Humboldt Park in Bay View, Milwaukee. Maxie’s is serving (and catering to the VIPs). Music starts at noon with WMSE DJs, followed by Buffalo Gospel with special guest, Vitrolum Republic, Altered Five Blues Band, and Bailey Dee, before Old 97’s go on at 6:30 p.m.
• Aug. 29, 6 p.m. — Tosa Tonight
The final night of our beloved FREE outdoor concert series features Mike Mangione & The Kin. Opener Caley Conway gets things started at 6 p.m. at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park, Wauwatosa.
• Aug. 30, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 5:30-11 p.m. — Harley-Davidson Anniversary Party in the Park
Wauwatosa welcomes the 115th Harley-Davidson Anniversary with FREE nights of entertainment, food and drink at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park. Thursday features Joe Wray, followed by Roanoke opening for Stetsin & Lace. Friday is Eric Darnell before Eagle Trace warming up for The Hot Reds. Saturday sees Brett Gaertner on first, with Art’s Fishing Club up next, and The Clique closing it out.
• Sept. 2, 12-7 p.m. — Big Gig BBQ
Team Maxie’s is competing against 14 local BBQ vendors for the fan favorite vote and the Big Gig Pig award! Big Gig BBQ features FREE admission and FREE parking, music, picnic games and more at the Summerfest grounds.
We’re back for the third straight year at the 3rd Annual Big Gig BBQ! This family-friendly party features FREE admission and FREE parking at Summerfest on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 12-7 p.m.
Team Maxie’s serving up signature dishes and taking on 14 local BBQ vendors for the fan favorite vote and the Big Gig Pig award. There’ll be plenty of brews and BBQ, plus cooking demonstrations, picnic games, attractions, and music. New this year: an Amateur BBQ Rib Competition, in which local backyard BBQ enthusiasts will show off their smoking skills. Click to visit the Big Gig BBQ website.
Maxie’s features outstanding nightly specials during the week, including…
• Sunday Family Night
• Mardi Gras Mondays
• Chicken-Fried Tuesdays
• Wine & Whiskey Wednesdays
• Rack ‘n’ Mac Thursdays
Bring the kids! Sunday is Family Night at Maxie’s. Kid’s meals from the kid’s menu are just $2* and we feature discounted Point Craft sodas, also just $2. You know, for the kids!
Parents and adults, rejoice! Maxie’s Happy Hour is in effect 4-6 p.m. every night of the week, including Sundays! Happy Hour features Fresh-Shucked Oysters for just $1 per piece, and Buck Off! Drinks.
We also feature our famous 4-piece Fried Chicken Dinner on Sundays — you’re going to want to check that out.
*for children under 12 accompanied by an adult
In our constant quest to bring dining value and quality unparalleled in Milwaukee, we’ve improved our Monday night special. Once known as Mojito Monday and NOLA Night, our new weekly event brings it all together: Mardi Gras Monday.
Look for a weekly featured NOLA-inspired cocktails, dinner, and Po’Boy specials, PLUS $5 Mojitos, $5 Hurricanes, and $3 Abita Beers. Join us Monday nights from 4-10 p.m. for this unique experience of creative New Orleans cuisine.
Perhaps the most beloved of Maxie’s nightly specials is Chicken-Fried Tuesday. Stop on by every week for:
We’ve improved our Wednesday wine special — now bottle selections are 1/2 Off on Wednesdays, an a select whiskey pour of the week is also half-off. By taking 50% off bottle-only wine selections, we hope our guests will be able to explore different wines and how they pair with our Southern and comfort foods.
Click here for the latest menu.
This offer is not available for by-the-glass wine selections
Maxie’s Wine & Whiskey Wednesday featured in JSonline’s where to “Find deals on wines by the bottle at Milwaukee-area restaurants.”
Racks on racks on racks… Macs on macs on macs… Every Thursday at Maxie’s, enjoy new and evolving weekly specialty Mac ‘n’ Cheeses served with your choice of a 1/4, 1/2, or Full Rack of Ribs.
We cook our ribs low and slow, baby, and slather them with our house-made KC-style sauce. Some of our favorite Mac ‘n’ Cheese creations that you might see include Crawfish Inferno Mac, Country Ham Mac, Muffuletta Mac, Roasted Tomato & Pesto Mac, and Beef & Gravy Mac.
And get ready for some Big A$$ Beers — get a bigger beer for the same price. On Thursdays, we upgrade 12oz pours to pints, and update pints to 22oz beers.
Join us on Saturday, May 5 for Milwaukee’s best Derby Day party. We’re working on making the party bigger and better as always, after more than tripling the space of the event last year and enjoying a truly special day. Proceeds from the fun will go to support the Hunger Task Force – Free & Local. Through the generosity of our guests, Maxie’s Derby Day party raised more than $10,000 in each of the last two years, and more than $40,000 in the last five years, to prevent hunger by providing food to people in need.
An entry fee of $15 goes entirely to Hunger Task Force. Doors open at 1 p.m. The Jackson Park Jazz Orchestra, our friendly neighborhood Big Band, will perform jazzy tunes before and after the race. Screens throughout the restaurant and party tent will show coverage of the 144th Kentucky Derby.
Get your outfit ready — our guests certainly dress for the occasion. Show off for the photo booth and enjoy photo strip prints for a suggested donation of $5. The photo booth will be the entry point for Best Dressed contests, with categories including Best Hat Most Elegant, Best Hat Most Creative, Best Dressed Family, Couple, Gentleman, Lady, and Gentleman.
Looking for a hat? The Hen House and The Brass Rooster Hat Company have generously donated prizes for the party, AND offered a 10% discount for all guests who are referred by Maxie’s to buy a Derby hat. Tell ’em Maxie’s sent ya!
We’re remaking our menu for the big day with Derby party favorites and Kentucky-inspired specials amongst Maxie’s menu classics. Look for Pimento Cheese Flatbread, Bourbon BBQ Salmon, Fried Chicken, Kentucky Hot Browns, and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese Soup.
Drink specials will be available at our two full-service bars, as well as at an outdoor bar. Enjoy a Four Roses Bourbon Mint Julep, Oaks Lily and Peach Vodka Derby Tea. Beer specials include Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.
The party includes raffles and a silent auction, with fabulous prizes including hotel and dining packages, gift baskets and catered parties from Maxie’s. Entry includes a $5 “bet” on the race (correct selection of Win, Place & Show are entered in a raffle for prizes). Additional “bets” are $5. All Derby “bets” are for prizes only; no cash will be tendered. All entry, raffle, auction and “betting” proceeds go to Hunger Task Force.
Note: Maxie’s daily Happy Hour special will not be available on Derby Day. Maxie’s will serve its special Derby Day menu only on Derby Day; regular menu items may not be available. Maxie’s does not accept reservations, call-aheads, or remote NoWait/Yelp app check-ins for our Derby Day party.
This year, we are adding a very limited opportunity to enjoy a reserved table for 10 in the party tent at Maxie’s Derby Day Party for Hunger Relief. This exclusive offering is limited to 4 tables for $1,000 per table, which goes entirely to the Hunger Task Force. (UPDATE 4/13: only 2 VIP Reserved Tables still available.) Tables include 2 bottles of bubbly set at the table, 2 drink tickets per person for featured drinks, a family-style meal, and admission to the party. Buy your table below, or inquire at Maxie’s.
Derby VIP Reserved Table Menu: Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Gravy, Stewed Beans, Coleslaw, Biscuits, Kentucky Hot Browns, Derby Pie Squares, Key Lime Pie Squares.
Race time is approximately 5:24 p.m.
“Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cry…”
Mondays are rough. But as ol’ Tex knows, whiskey can make it better. Join us Monday, March 5 for a special pairing dinner matched with rye whiskey and rye-based cocktails.
Ryes featured include Sazerac Rye, Rittenhouse Rye, Jim Beam Rye, High West Double Rye vs. Knob Creek Rye, and more.
Some courses will be paired with a cocktail to show how well rye does in a cocktail, while others will be paired with the course neat/rocks.
Tickets are $75 plus tax and gratuity ($90 total) and include 5 courses, cocktail reception and pairings.
Tickets are not refundable but are exchangeable and can be given as gifts. All tables are communal and seat between 8-12 guests. In addition to the drink paired with each course, a cash bar is available and will feature super premium selections of rye.
Here’s a working draft menu…
Pork Belly with Fermented Cabbage Slaw and Johnny Cake • Buffalo Tartare with Quail Egg • Foie Gras Torchon with Huckleberry Jam • Bologna Hushpuppies with Smokey Rye Ketchup
shredded brisket and pork, soft egg, chili oil, smoked broth
marble potatoes, mandarin vinaigrette, crispy caper, burnt shallot, whiskey remoulade
Braised Niman Ranch Short Rib
crispy grouper cheek, black trumpet and chanterelle mushrooms, creamed greens and gnocchi
Dessert to follow…
Watch some of our previous whiskey dinners here, here, and here.