Our gastronomical journey takes us to Milwaukee, Wi – Maxie’s. The place is known for Southern Comfort, Cajun and Creole. The exterior to the restaurant is rather unassuming yet clean and inviting. The atmosphere is extremely warm, cozy and casual. The small parking lot is next to the building but closed when we arrived.
The waitstaff was friendly and helpful. Upon being seated, we gave our drink orders (diet coke and a local craft root beer) and were brought a basket of cornbread with honey butter. The cornbread was warm and the butter sweet. We then decided to try one of the most popular appetizers – fried green tomatoes. They were hot and crispy. The texture and taste resembles that of fried green beans. Overall, it was delicious! For the main course, we went with two classic Southern dishes: Braised Pork Cheek and Jambalaya. The pork cheek was extremely tender, juicy and paired perfectly with cheesy grits. The Jambalaya included small pieces of blackened chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp and tomato-based rice. It came out fresh and tasted spicy. The proportions were enough for two.
We decided to round out our meal with something both tart and sweet: Key lime pie. The crust was crunchy with no sogginess, and the key line filling was creamy, sweet and acidic without any of those flavors being overpowering. Once finished, the check was paid for and we waddled into the night full and delighted. Maxie’s is where foodies absolutely need to visit if they pass by Southern Wisconsin.