Nothing But High Praise for the Low Country - Maxie's Southern Comfort
Our undercover foodies are plowing through the dining in Wauwatosa and Milwaukee and their last stop was Maxie’s Southern Comfort…
If you’ve say you’ve had Southern food but it was at the Cracker Barrel, keep reading—you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Literally just off the freeway, there is a gem in Wauwatosa that serves up quite possibly the best BBQ brisket and Southern food in the Milwaukee area. I’m talking about Maxie’s Southern Comfort, and it turns out that quite a few people are talking about it as well.
Maxie’s is no secret, as evidenced by our long-enough-for-a-beer wait. But really it’s nothing to worry about, especially on a Friday night. The wait staff was wonderfully polite and encouraged us to take a load off while we enjoyed a drink at either of the two bars (we chose the upstairs option and grabbed a pair of seats in the lounge area). We found ourselves surrounded by lively chatter, laughter and good music in the restaurant’s cozy yet sophisticated décor. So far, so good.
But when it comes to the food, ‘good’ doesn’t do it justice. The regular menu includes many Low Country favorites including pulled pork, crab and corn chowder as well as jambalaya. We opted for a couple of specials as well as regular menu items to get a feel for Maxie’s variety. We started with the chicken and biscuits (special-$12.95) and of course, the fried green tomatoes ($6.95). I have been to Maxie’s a few times, and I have eagerly ordered the fried green tomatoes every time. They were tangy, sweet and are always a winner in my book. The chicken and biscuits were completely delicious, smothered in a smoky chipotle cream sauce. I’m not as experienced with chipotle flavors, but this dish was uniquely tasty. It’ll be a must-have the next time it’s on the menu.
A recurring Maxie’s special is BBQ beef brisket (special-$19.95)—and it could be an all-time great. We were fairly certain we heard a drum roll as it was brought to the table. The kitchen serves up a generous portion of hickory-smoked Black Angus beef with Kansas City-style BBQ sauce. It’s fork tender and smoky with huge flavor. The full accompaniment included a tart arugula corn salad, BBQ baked beans and (upgraded for a charge) sweet potato fries.
I also took on a popular dish on the regular menu—gumbo ($13.95). It’s filled with smoky meats like sausage, chicken, pork and crayfish that all blend beautifully. The gumbo was accompanied by Maxie’s “rwb” slaw—a mix of red and white cabbage with pungent bleu cheese. I was hoping for a little more spicy kick in the dish, but overall, it was a hearty meal worth the try. Paired with a cold Lakefront Riverwest Stein, this was a meal worth talking—and writing—about.
Would I go back to Maxie’s? No need for hypothetical here; it’s just a matter ofwhen. This place has it all: food to sell your soul for, an enthusiastic wait staff that’ll make sure you don’t, and cornbread. Oh, the cornbread and sweet cream butter. So good, so addictive it probably needs its own review.