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Maxie’s at Big Gig BBQ


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!

Save the Date Big Gig BBQ

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

Jambalaya 4

Heaven Hill Whiskey Dinner

Join us on May 22 for a 5-course dinner paired with drinks made with the whiskeys of Heaven Hill. Heaven Hill Brands is the largest independent, family-owned distilled spirits company in the country, and produces such iconic Heaven Hill Distillery brands as Elijah Craig, Evan Williams Bourbon, Henry McKenna, Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, and Rittenhouse Rye.

Heaven Hill Whiskey Dinner, Monday, May 22; 6 p.m.; $80; includes 5 coures, cocktail reception, and beverage pairings. Gratuity and tax not included. Call Maxie’s at 414-292-3969 to reserve. Click here for more info and to see the event on Facebook.  Here’s the menu we’re working on; subject to change:


Foie Gras Crème Brûlée • Pâté Grand-mère • Apple Rösti Raclette • Eggplant Tahini Flatbread

Old Man, a Manhattan hybrid featuring Elijah Craig Bourbon and Weiss High Ball, featuring Bernheim Wheat Whiskey


Chilled Wild Ramp Bisque

Green Oil, Toasted Pine Nuts, Crispy Ramp Bulb

Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, neat or on the rocks


Cornmeal Fried Soft-Shell Crab

Hominy Croquette, Sweet Corn Velour, Tossed Watercress Salad, Pimento and Green Onion Coulis

Roasted Pineapple Julep, with Larceny Bourbon


Blackened Beef Coulotte

Crispy Mushroom Cake, Asparagus and English Pea Salad, Bourbon Demi Glace, Rye Syrup

Tobacco-Smoked Manhattan, featuring Rittenhouse Rye


“Chicken & Waffles”

Sweet Potato Waffle, Sorghum Ice Cream, Sweet & Spicy Chicken Debris, Warm Bourbon Syrup

Henry McKenna 10-year Bourbon, neat or on the rocks


10th Annual Derby Day Party for Hunger Relief

We’re celebrating our 10th year as a restaurant with our 10th Annual Derby Day Party for Hunger Relief on Saturday, May 6, 2017. As always, proceeds will go to support Hunger Task Force – Free & Local. With your generosity, our Derby Day party has raised more than $10,000 last year, and more than $30,000 in the last four years, to prevent hunger by providing food to people in need.


Doors open at 1 p.m., with a $15 entry fee, which goes entirely to Hunger Task Force. The Jackson Park Jazz Orchestra, our friendly neighborhood Big Band, will perform jazzy tunes before and after the race. We’re adding even more screens this year to watch race coverage of the 143rd Kentucky Derby.


Dress to impress: a photo booth to document every glamorous attendee. 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. Photo strip prints will be available for a suggested donation of $5.

Maxie’s will sport a culinary costume: for this big day, we’re making over our menu with Derby party favorites and Kentucky-inspired specials amongst Maxie’s menu classics. Click here to see the DERBY DAY PARTY MENU. We’ve expanded the outdoor area to add tables for more outdoor dining, more party tent, more dancing, and more fun!

Drink specials will be available at our two full-service bars, as well as at two outdoor bars. Enjoy a Four Roses Bourbon Mint Julep ($6), Oaks Lily ($6) and Peach Vodka Derby Tea ($5). Beer specials include Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($5) and official Derby beer Stella Artois ($4).


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 cannot accept reservations or call-aheads for our Derby Day party.

Race time is approximately 5:24 p.m.


Milwaukee Oyster Roast featuring Maxie’s


Join us on Saturday, April 1, for a unique culinary experience bringing the best of the Low Country to Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Oyster Roast benefits the Wisconsin Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by hosting a party you could otherwise only experience in South Carolina.

It’s an all-you-can-eat roast of cluster oysters — 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of the rocky bunches of sweet, briny, baby oysters shipped from the coast and roasted. Maxie’s is shucking fully grown raw East Coast oysters to round out the total oyster experience. Maxie’s is also serving a buffet of Low Country-inspired party food, featuring Eastern North Carolina Pulled Pork, Jambalaya, Charred Corn Mac ‘n Cheese, Veggie Hoppin’ John, 7-Layer Salad, Cornbread, Key Lime Pie, Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Banana ‘Nilla Wafer Cream Pie Parfait.

Milwaukee staple Evan Christian and the New South Rampart Street Paraders will help rock the roast! And a silent auction and raffle will help the cause … look for the WHEELBARROW OF BOOZE, and gallons of Sprecher beer! All of this at a brand new event space on the river in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

Tickets are $100 each. Use code “Maxies17” for 25% off your Milwaukee Oyster Roast 2017 tickets today!

Mardi Gras & Lundi Gras at Maxie’s, Feb. 27 & 28

Celebrate Maxie’s 10th annual Lundi Gras & Mardi Gras with us on Monday, Feb. 27 and Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28. Lundi Gras offers the chance to dine from Maxie’s special menu of shareable New Orleans-inspired classics before the party rages. Wisconsinites who can’t make it to the historic dining rooms of the French Quarter this carnival season should be here – with beads on!

Join us for Milwaukee’s best Mardi Gras party, with $4 Abita beers, $5 Hurricanes and our special NOLA menu both nights. We’re open at 4 p.m. on Lundi Gras, and 2 p.m. on Mardi Gras. Click here to check out the menu. Laissez les bons temps rouler!!! 

We’ll be joined by the Extra Crispy Brass Band both nights — roving the restaurant 6-9 p.m. on Lundi Gras, and in the heated PARTY TENT 6-10 p.m. on Mardi Gras. Check out a song from ECBB at Maxie’s Mardi Gras 2015:

Costumes and masks are encouraged, of course, but certainly not mandatory. #dowhatchawanna


Note: Maxies’ weekly NOLA Night (formerly Mojito Monday) and Chicken-Fried Tuesday specials will not be offered on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, respectively. Maxie’s will not be offering its $1 Fresh-Shucked Oyster and “Buck Off!” Drinks Happy Hour on Lundi Gras or Mardi Gras. We cannot accept reservations for Mardi Gras; we can accept limited reservations for parties of 7 or more on Lundi Gras. 

Wild Turkey Whiskey Dinner

Join us for a dinner featuring the whiskies of Wild Turkey Distillery on Monday, February 13. 
Wild Turkey makes “real bourbon with no apologies,” under the care of father-and-son Master Distillers Jimmy & Eddie Russell.

Get your sweetheart a seat at the table for a pre-Valentine’s Day date! Check out the menu below, and some of the blowout meals we’ve served here. $75 includes four courses plus reception and drink pairings (tax and gratuity not included). Call Maxie’s at 414-292-3969 to reserve. Reservations required.


Pâté en Croûte • Ceviche • “Memphis Dipped” Crispy Turkey Tails • Muffuletta Hushpuppies, Olive Salad, Aioli

Rye Mule, Wild Turkey 101 Rye, honey syrup, lime juice, ginger beer

1st Course

Wild Turkey Onion Soup

Gruyere Cheese, Pretzel Rye Crouton, Bone Marrow

Boiler Maker, shot of Russell’s Reserve 6-year Rye with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

2nd Course

Duck Fat-Fried Monkfish Cheek

Turkey Liver Dirty Rice, Frisée Salad, Citrus Salsa, Chili Mayo, Roe

Blood Orange Sour, Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, European syrup, Cointreau, fresh blood orange juice

3rd Course

Strauss Grass-fed Beef Cheek

House-Milled Sorghum Grits, Beef Bacon & Raisin Brussels Sprouts, Wild Turkey Braising Jus

Wild Turkey Forgiven

4th Course

Whiskey Caramelized Pear

Smoked Piloncillo Ice Cream, Almond Crumble

Russell’s Reserve 10-year Bourbon

Prepare to Party… Host Your Holiday Event at Maxie’s


We don’t have the decorations up yet… but we’re thinking about it! The holidays will be here before we know it, and we’re ready to party. As you’re thinking about your next big event, it’s important to keep in mind that we can do nearly anything.


Maxie’s is available for fully private daytime events. The entire upstairs is yours, so you can plan your luncheon however you like. And if you like Maxie’s food, you’re gonna love the Lemon Caper Chicken from our Lunch Catering menu.

IMG_4893In the evenings, you can host semi-private dinner parties of up to 50, or evening cocktail parties of up to 75. You’ll have your own space, but your guests will still feel part of the nightly Maxie’s party.

poboysMaxie’s also offers off-site catering for offices, tailgates, large groups, and weddings, with pick-up or delivery options available. Our menus range from competitively priced Po’Boy sandwich platters to a supreme Southern spread to feed any size group. 

And if we don’t have the options, date, and time available, our bet is that we can accommodate you at Blue’s Egg or Story Hill BKC. Contact Yolanda Doney at 414-336-1005 or to reserve your date. 

Buffalo Trace at Maxie’s, Oct. 17, 2016


We enjoyed a fantastic meal on Monday, with the added bonus of pairing each course with the iconic whiskies of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Take a peak at the menu. Executive Chef Jacob Schick brought out some Southern classics, riffed on fine dining, and showed Maxie’s whiskey inspiration with help from Sous Chef Drew Ladwig. 


Crawfish Cheesecake • Liver Mousse Tart • Clam, Jalapeño & Potato Fritter

Buffalo Trace Formal Manhattan

1st Course

Smoked Mussel Lyonnaise

Roasted Local Squash, Poached Egg, Frisée, Mustard Dressing

Eagle Rare 10 Year

2nd Course

Roasted Pork Belly Roulade

Parisian Gnocchi, Roasted Fennel, Herb Salad, Sorghum Rye Pan Sauce

The Original Sazerac with Sazerac Rye

3rd Course

Bourbon Braised Buffalo Short Rib

Johnny Cake, Root Vegetable Puree, Braising Jus, Micro Green Salad

E.H. Taylor Bourbon, Small Batch 

4th Course

Banana Brûlée Tart

Chocolate Mousse, Caramelized Bananas, Chantilly Cream

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream

Buffalo Trace Whiskey Dinner


Whooooa, whiskey! We’re cooking up courses to match with the whiskies of Buffalo Trace Distillery on Monday, October 17.

The distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky has been an epicenter of American whiskey since 1775. We’re making drinks from some of the properties iconic brands, including Sazerac Rye, E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon, Eagle Rare 10yr Bourbon, and, of course, Buffalo Trace.

$75 includes four courses plus reception and drink pairings (tax and gratuity not included). Call us at 414-292-3969 to reserve. Reservations required.

Now Hiring Hosts and Support Staff

We are looking for genuine, kind and passionate hospitality professionals, who are happiest when making others happy.

We have job openings for HOSTS and SUPPORT personnel; ideal candidates must have great customer service skills, genuine hospitality and enjoy working in a team atmosphere.

HOSTS are the first point of contact so we need happy smiling people welcoming our guests. Great organizational skills are needed in this position along with the ability to work well under pressure.

Members of our SUPPORT team keep the restaurant running! They must be happy and personable, while being able to multi task and also work well under pressure. This is a wage and tipped position.

Our Southern inspired menu includes Low Country cooking of the Carolinas, Creole and Cajun cooking of Louisiana. When our guests walk into Maxie’s they get the feeling of walking into a party. Come tryout for the team at one Milwaukee’s busiest and most consistent restaurants.

Maxie’s is open at 4 p.m. every day; candidates must be available for a 3 shift minimum and weekend availability is required.

Competitive Pay with meals and health insurance benefits for full time employees. You can learn more about us on this site, and download an application HERE.

Submit applications and resumes to, or in person at Maxie’s, 6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee.

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