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.
Join us here at Maxie’s for Milwaukee’s best Mardi Gras party on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. This is our 11th year, and we’re again sporting a “culinary costume” of New Orleans-inspired creations. For these two days, we’ll skip our Low Country and BBQ dishes, and double down on pure New Orleans realness. Expect our unique Strawberry Beignets, Crispy Boudin Balls, and, of course, Muffuletta. (And save room for a slice of King Cake at the end of the night on Mardi Gras!)
Drink specials for both nights include $4 Abita beers and $5 real passion fruit Hurricanes.
Lundi Gras, Monday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m.
Lundi Gras is an excellent opportunity to dine on classic New Orleans dishes and Maxie’s original creations before the party rages. Maxie’s opens at 4 p.m. on Lundi Gras. Members of the Extra Crispy Brass Band (ECBB) will perform roving throughout the restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m.
We’re accepting a limited number of reservations for parties of 7 people or
more on Lundi Gras via 414-292-3969. On Lundi Gras, parties of up to 6 are encouraged to check live wait times and get on the list via the NoWait app or Yelp app. (Once you arrive, please check in with a host and we will seat you when your table is available and your entire party is present. Wait times are estimates; seating order is not guaranteed. If there is not currently a wait, it will say “Come on in!”).
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m.
Maxie’s opens at 2 p.m. on Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13. Matt “MF” Tyner will play onstage in the heated party tent from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. ECBB will play onstage in the heated party tent from 6 to 10 p.m. An outdoor bar in the tent will serve the party’s signature drinks.
Click here or the menu for a PDF of the special menu.
Maxie’s is not accepting reservations on Mardi Gras, Feb. 13. NoWait app and
Yelp app remote wait list check-in function will not be available on Mardi Gras.
Dressing up is always fun, but #dowhatchawanna. (#maxiesmardigras, #teammaxies)
NOTE: Maxies’ weekly NOLA Night (formerly Mojito Monday) and Chicken-Fried
Tuesday specials will not be offered on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, respectively.
Maxie’s will not be offering its $1 Fresh-Shucked Oyster and “Buck Off!” Drinks
Happy Hour on Lundi Gras or Mardi Gras.
P.S. The day after, we’re accepting reservations for parties of all sizes for Valentine’s Day and/or your Ash Wednesday Fish Fry!
When you buy $100 in gift cards, we’ll give you an extra $20 bonus gift card, through Dec. 31.
Black Shoe Hospitality Gift Cards are good at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg, and Story Hill BKC – including the wine shop at Story Hill.
The bonus card is good on dining and drinking, but not at the shop at Story Hill BKC. This offer is only available on gift cards purchased at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg, or Story Hill BKC and not available on online gift card sales.
DEC. 19 – DEC. 23
OPEN at 1 p.m. for Gift Cards ONLY • Service starts a 4 p.m. with Happy Hour 4-6 p.m.
DEC. 24 & 25 – CLOSED
Merry Christmas, one and all!
DEC. 31 – OPEN
4-9 p.m. – We are now accepting reservations for parties of all sizes on New Year’s Eve!
JAN. 1 – CLOSED
Happy New Year!
JAN. 8 – CLOSED
for Black Shoe Hospitality’s employee party
FEB. 4 – CLOSED
Super Bowl LII
Good food. Good people. Good year. Wrap up the year at an excellent dining experience with the people that mean the most to you.
Maxie’s is accepting reservations for parties of all sizes for Sunday, Dec. 31 — 414-292-3969. We’re open our regular hours, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Kid’s meals are just $2 and you can decide later at home if they get to stay up ’til midnight. We’ll have our 4-pc. Fried Chicken Special — a perfect pairing for Champagne!
Maxie’s is closed on New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.
We went to work on creating the best fried chicken we could make to serve on Family Night Sundays and Chicken-Fried Tuesday. That starts with the chicken.
We’re using Bell & Evans chicken, which is renowned for its humane treatment and air-chilled process, with no antibiotics or added water, which adds up to healthier, more flavorful food. We created and taste-tested different batter to find the tastiest crust, with crispiness that sticks well to the chicken. And we know you’ll want plenty to eat, so we’re serving a half chicken: a leg, a thigh, a breast, and a wing.
Pair that up with our mashed potatoes and collard greens, plus a white cheddar buttermilk biscuit, and you’ve got yourself one helluva meal for 16.95. Bring the kids on Sunday night, and enjoy $2 kids meals for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. If you want to make the whole thing “hot chicken”-style, get it tossed in our Nashville-style hot chicken cayenne oil for two bucks.
If you want to try the Nashville hot chicken flavor without committing to a whole meal, stop by Maxie’s on Chicken-Fried Tuesday to try our Hot Chicken Nuggets, with our Nashville hot sauce coating dark meat chicken over Texas toast, topped with our house pickles. Maxie’s Hot Chicken Nuggets are discounted from 11.95 to 7.95 on Tuesdays. And expect to see other creative chicken specials every Tuesday.
Maxie’s Nashville Hot Chicken Nuggets
Our favorite pro football team is playing our second favorite pro football team this weekend, so we came up with a way to get some NOLA flavor for your tailgate or viewing party.
FALL SPECIAL: Schedule a pick-up of large-format individual catering dishes from our “From The Smoker” or “Soul-Stirrin’ Specialties” section and get a free side order of Maxie’s Cornbread (18 pieces, $17 value). Call us at 414-292-3969. We may need 24 hours notice, so please let us know by Saturday afternoon.
Maxie’s is back with another Whiskey Dinner, this time featuring Jim Beam and Beam brands, including Jim Beam Black, Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek Rye & Bourbon, and Jim Beam Single Barrel for a five-course pairing dinner.
Some bottling will be showcased neat or on the rocks, and some will be crafted into cocktails by Maxie’s talented bartenders, to be paired with four plated courses, and a cocktail and appetizer reception.
Booker’s, Booker’s Rye, Basil Hayden’ Rye, and Knob Creek Single Barrel will also be on offer for tasting at an additional price.
Beam Brands Whiskey Dinner, Monday, October 2; 6 p.m.; $90; includes 5 coures, cocktail reception, beverage pairings, tax and gratuity. Here’s a working draft of the menu:
Mini Tomato Pies • Housemade Braunschweiger • Red Wattle Headcheese • Natchitoches Meat Pie
Apple Ginger Smash with Jim Beam Black
Sweet Pickled Beet Salad
Watercress, Goat Cheese, Cane Syrup-Glazed Georgia Peaches
Baker’s Bourbon neat or on the rocks
Potato-Crusted Halibut Cheek
Housemade Sausage, Wild Seasonal Mushroom, Fennel, Greens, Minneola Beurre Blanc
Knob Creek Rye vs. Knob Creek Bourbon
Chicken-Fried “Hot” Cornish Hen
Johnny Cakes, Smoked Ham Hock Collard Greens, Bourbon & Maple Syrup
Maple Port Old Fashioned featuring Jim Beam Single Barrel
Sweet Potato Tart
Gingersnap Crust, Toasted Brown Sugar Meringue, Pecan Praline & Bourbon Ice Cream
Bourbon Milk Punch featuring Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
Join us on Sunday, Sept. 3 for the 2nd Annual Big Gig BBQ, featuring FREE admission and parking.
This a great activity for a fun-filled Labor Day Weekend, with Maxie’s joining thirteen of the other best BBQ joints in town on the Lakefront Summerfest grounds at Henry Maier Festival Park. Come check out some of the best smoky, savory, signature BBQ and sides, two stages of live music, cooking demonstrations, family fun picnic games, and a local celebrity bacon eating contest.
Vote #TeamMaxies for the new “Big Gig Pig” people’s choice award!
Here’s what we’re cooking:
BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich, hickory-smoked Angus beef brisket, KC BBQ sauce, creamy slaw — 10
North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, hickory-smoked pulled pork butt, vinegar BBQ sauce, creamy slaw — 8
Smoked Hot Link, housemade cheesy beef and pork link, brat bun, jalapeño slaw, peach BBQ sauce – 8
White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Hook’s 4-year white cheddar, parmesan streusel — 7
Jambalaya “Me-Oh-My-A,” smoked andouille sausage, blackened chicken, rice, zesty Creole sauce, cornbread, scallions — 7
Add Pulled Pork to Anything — 4
Maple-Braised Collard Greends — 4
Cornbread (3 pcs.) fresh-baked sweet cornbread with orange honey butter — 3
BBQ Pit Beans, slow-cooked northern beans with pulled pork in zesty sauce — 3
BBQ Brisket 4
Mac & Cheese 3