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New Year’s Eve 2017

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.

Winner: Fried Chicken Dinner


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

Fall Pick-Up Catering Special

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.

Beam Brands Whiskey Dinner


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


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

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