COURTESY AVERY'S ON TULANE
Avery's on Tulane is launching dinner service Oct. 2.
Mid-City po-boy shop Avery’s on Tulane
(2510 Tulane Ave., 504-821-4110) launches dinner service Oct. 2.
Husband-and-wife team Justin and Christy Pitard opened the Tulane Avenue restaurant in 2012 as a daytime spot. The restaurant, named after their daughter, quickly gained a following of lunchtime regulars in the area, including employees at the nearby Criminal District Courthouse and workers at the soon-to-open VA Medical Center.
The couple experimented with nightly dinner service for a few months in 2014 but was forced to pull back their operation due to an illness in the family. Following successful medical treatments, Christy Pitard says they are ready to give it another go.
“We’re gonna carry on with what we’ve done the whole time," Pitard said. "We’re kind of growing at our own pace.”
Fans of the decadent Buffalo shrimp po-boy and roast beef debris po-boys needn’t worry: the dinner menu will include all of the restaurant’s regular daytime offerings, including sandwiches, fried seafood and salads.
The menu also includes new appetizers and entrees, such as stuffed mirliton topped with sauteed shrimp and Romano cheese, turtle soup, duck leg confit served with vegetables, fried shallots and citrus vinaigrette, rib-eye steak topped with barbecue shrimp and green onion mashed potatoes, and paneed Gulf fish topped with lump crabmeat, among others.
A full bar offers roughly 12 beers by the bottle and six wines by the bottle or glass.
The po-boy shop was considered one of the pioneers of the Tulane Avenue revival, opening at a time when there was still a dearth of dining options in the area.
“It’s something we wanted to do, and it’s something we felt we had to do. Once the VA (hospital) opens, that’s going to change everything … but there was a need for a restaurant here regardless," Pitard said.
The restaurant will serve some dinner items during a soft opening Thursday and then celebrate the official launch of dinner service Friday and Saturday, when wine, cocktails and beer will be half-price.
Avery's on Tulane will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information, visit the restaurant’s website here.