Brace yourself for May’s Counter, where tantalizing options will have your stomach wishing your eyes weren’t so big. Chicken and waffles, all day breakfast, and Southern-inspired sandwiches and sides fill the extensive menu.
Portions are large, so even though you might think you need pickle chips, a shrimp po’ boy with fries, and a side of collard greens, like I did, you probably don’t. Of the above, I recommend most enthusiastically the pickle chips ($7). A large platter served with a side of ranch, they are salty and crunchy and have just the right amount of batter—something that can’t be said for everything on the menu.
The Shrimp Po’ Boy ($11)—heavily battered and deep-fried shrimp on a soft bun with lettuce, tomato, and spicy mayo—is begging for some acidity and, at least for this unapologetic vegetable-lover, a more substantial vegetable component.
But there are plenty of places on the menu where veggies can be found. The collard greens ($4) were smoky with bacon and had a nice texture. The side salad, served alongside the Angry Bird ($9), was a bountiful serving of fresh mixed greens.
The Angry Bird itself (fried chicken tossed in buffalo sauce with blue cheese crumbles and ranch dressing) was a gut bomb, but in a good way. Described by one diner as “a gigantic fried chicken wing on a sandwich,” it was spicy, tangy, creamy, and crunchy. The cut of meat, a breast not a wing, was juicy with just the right amount of batter.
In addition to sandwiches, big plates are available. Classics like Country Fried Steak ($13), catfish ($14), and meatloaf ($13) can be ordered with your choice of two sides. Sides include the above-mentioned collard greens, mac and cheese ($5), and whipped garlic potatoes ($3).
May’s also has a Bird ‘n’ Bucket option, like KFC, but good. Order to-go fried chicken with sides and Kool-Aid. The Bird n’ Bucket would be a great choice for a family picnic or a quick weeknight dinner.
The drink menu has many playful options. We chose two Brown Bag Specials, a tallboy of Pabst Blue Ribbon served in a brown bag ($3 each). Other cheeky options include the Pound & Pint ($8), a pound of fried chicken served with your choice of draft beer, and Hair of the Dog ($5), Pabst Blue Ribbon with a side of bacon. May’s has a full bar in addition to beer and wine, and their signature cocktails fit the Southern theme. Mimosas are also available to complement the all-day breakfast.
From the outside, one might mistake May’s as closed. The windows are heavily tinted, and from the street it looks dark inside. It’s not, though. In fact, the opposite is true. The interior is brightly lit, with sports playing on a number of TVs, a large bar, booths, and tables.
2945 E Speedway
Tucson, AZ, 85716