By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jan 25, 2024 at 1:03 PM

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. In recent years, they’ve even expanded the celebration by hosting a full weekend of New Orleans-inspired dining. This year will be no exception.

Guests are invited to revel in the spirit of carnival season by indulging in a special Mardi Gras menu which will be available Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10 as well as Monday Feb. 12 (Lundi Gras), Feb. 13 (Fat Tuesday) and – because nothing says love like New Orleans cuisine – Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day) as well. Reservations are highly recommended.

“It’s a thrill every year to embrace the spirit of Mardi Gras and capture the vibrant flavors and good vibes of New Orleans,” notes Dan Sidner, Maxie’s co-owner. “At Maxie’s every night is a party, but the Mardi Gras menu and celebration really turns the fun up and makes the restaurant feel like an extension of Bourbon Street.”

Maxie's muffaletta
Maxie's muffaletta

Get the party started

Visit Maxie's on Feb. 9 or 10 and you can enjoy the special Mardi Gras menu from 4 to 9 p.m. along with plenty of mood music thanks to a roaming brass band, which will perform throughout the restaurant.

On Lundi Gras (Feb. 12), all those delicious eats will be available from 4 to 9 p.m. and accompanied by the stylin’s of the Extra Crispy Brass Band, which will perform in Maxie’s upstairs dining room from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Meanwhile, on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 13), the party starts in earnest. Maxie’s will open early – at 3 p.m. – serving the full Mardi Gras menu. And, once again, members of the Extra Crispy Brass Band will be performing upstairs from 6 to 9 p.m.

For those who choose to visit on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), Maxie's will once again offer its famous happy hour along with the Mardi Gras menu and a fish fry special featuring yeast beer-battered haddock. Service hours will be 4 to 9 p.m.

Reservations for the five-day Mardi Gras celebration are strongly recommended and can be made online or by phone at (414) 292-3969. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Celebrate at home

For those who wish to party at home for Mardi Gras, Maxie’s online catering store will also feature a special Mardi Gras Party Box, featuring jambalaya (regular or vegetarian), crawfish etouffee, Maxie’s Mighty Mighty Gumbo and maque choux salad (feeds four for $95). Hurricane cocktail kits and king cakes will also be available for purchase.  

Orders for party boxes can be placed online beginning Thursday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m.

King cake
Black Shoe Bakery king cake

Details to note

Guests should be aware that items from Maxie's regular menu may not be available during their special Mardi Gras celebration.

Maxie’s Happy Hour, featuring “Buck Off!” drinks and $1 freshly shucked oysters will be available on Friday and Saturday Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.  However, happy hour will not be offered on Feb. 12 (Lundi Gras) or Feb. 13 (Mardi Gras).

Maxie’s will also be foregoing its usual fish fry on Friday, Feb. 9. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.