HYDE PARK — Virtue Restaurant owner and chef Erick Williams’ po’boy shop, which celebrates the culture of New Orleans, opened this weekend up the block from Virtue.
Daisy’s Po-Boy and Tavern, 5215 S. Harper Ave., offers fried catfish, fried shrimp, roast beef, fried green tomato, the Northern Peacemaker — with roast beef and fried oysters — and other versions of the po’boy, a New Orleans staple.
Six-inch po’boys are $7.99-$14.99, while 12-inch sandwiches are $15.99-$28.99.
The Cajun and Creole eatery, inspired by Williams’ late aunt Daisy, will also feature fried gator, fried chicken, red beans and rice, seafood gumbo and muffuletta.
Daisy’s Po-Boy opened Saturday with indoor dining and outdoor seating on two patios. The restaurant’s debut was intended to be low-key, and there is no grand opening planned, Williams said Friday.
The restaurant’s hours are 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 4-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Daisy’s features a bar with classic Near Orleans cocktails, including a frozen Hurricane and the Sazerac, and sports will be broadcast on the restaurant’s nine TVs. Photographer Pableaux Johnson’s photos of New Orleans’ Black Masking Indians will be on display throughout the space.
Local brass bands will play at Daisy’s “as frequently as we can,” but Williams doesn’t want to “pigeonhole” himself by committing to a schedule or any specific bands right now, he said.
“We’re not a club or a live music venue,” said Williams, who in June won a James Beard Award as best chef in the Great Lakes region. “We’re a restaurant that has delicious food with the sounds and scenes of New Orleans. It’s vibrant. It’s colorful.”
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