Apparently, there’s a new entry in the fried chicken sandwich battle. Willie Mae’s Scotch House debuts its first fried chicken sandwich to diners for a limited run.
The new fried chicken sandwich, dubbed “The Willie Mae,” is a collaboration between the iconic New Orleans restaurant and Los Angeles-based burger joint HiHo Cheeseburger.
‘”The Willie Mae” fried chicken sandwich has finally arrived!!’ Willie Mae’s Scotch House announced on its Facebook page.
According to a report from Eater New Orleans, the new sandwich is made with Willie Mae’s chicken breast meat, bread and butter pickles, a honey drizzle, red cabbage and sauce on a brioche bun.
Diners can try out the new sandwich for a limited time at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, at Willie’s Mae’s at the Market and for delivery through Postmates from Sept. 28 through Nov. 30.
This is the first time the iconic fried chicken restaurant steps into chicken sandwich territory. Kerry Seaton-Stewart, great-granddaughter to Willie Mae Seaton, and HiHo Cheeseburger’s founders all had a hand in the new creation, Eater reports.
In addition to its home location debut, Willie Mae’s will also release the sandwich to diners at HiHo Cheeseburger locations in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California.
Seaton-Steward told Eater she plans to travel monthly to Los Angeles to “ensure the quality and secrecy of her great grandmother’s recipe.”
Willie Mae Seaton started serving her famous fried chicken over 30 years ago and it quickly became a local and international favorite.
In 2005, Seaton was honored with the prestigious James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region” which in turn brought recognition from the Food Network and the Travel Channel as “America’s Best Fried Chicken.”
Today, Seaton’s great-granddaughter, Seaton-Stewart, continues to run the operation in the historic Tremé neighborhood.