This place is located on Tulane Ave., right down the street from what used to be the Dixie Beer Brewery. That’s the big red building with the kind of dome thing on top you see on the left in the first picture. They started brewing beer in 1907, and continued all the way until the place was flooded, then looted, during and after hurricane Katrina in 2005. Dixie is still brewed somewhere else. In fact, you can have one with your lunch here at Avery’s. And only with your lunch because that’s all they’re opened for. Daily, except Sunday, 11a-4p.
The place looks like a hole in the wall, but they really have class. I could tell when I ordered a glass of water, and it came out with an elbow straw in it. I was impressed. Nothing says class like serving your drinks with an elbow straw! They have Crystal hot sauce on the tables, which happens to be my favorite. But the waitress told me to feel free to help myself to the numerous different types of hot sauce they have on display on an old piano.
Like a lot of New Orleanians I judge a place by their gumbo, so I started out with the seafood gumbo. If you don’t like a real dark roux and a thick gumbo, don’t order this one. I happen to love a dark roux. This gumbo was great. With one HUGE oyster in it. This thing should have been served on the half shell somewhere instead of in a bowl of gumbo, but I wasn’t complaining. Plenty of shrimp in it too and the obligatory crab claw.
Next I was torn between The Sandbag and the Buffalo Shrimp poboy. They offer a 6 inch or 12 inch size, so I started to get a small one of each. I’m glad I didn’t do that. I went with The Sandbag, which is a hot roast beef poboy with fried pickles, a horseradish cream sauce and provolone cheese.
The poboy was great. I don’t like fried pickles as an appetizer, but they work on a poboy. I hate when you order a roast beef poboy and it comes out with deli meat style roast beef. You could tell they started with a beef roast, and roasted and shredded it themselves to make this sandwich. And they didn’t skimp on the meat! Unless you’re seriously hungry go with the 6 inch. That’s why I was glad I only ordered one sandwich. I was pretty full after I finished it. The only complaint I could have is it had so much meat on it I couldn’t really taste the horseradish cream sauce. In hindsight I should have asked for some more. The wait staff there is so friendly I doubt they would have called me greedy and put me out.
For dessert I tried the Pecan Praline Bread Pudding. They describe it as “a pecan bread pudding topped with salted bourbon caramel sauce and praline crumbles”.
I’m always disappointed when I order bread pudding and it comes out with too little sauce. That wasn’t the case here. It came out in a bowl swimming in sauce. But I didn’t really care for it. It was a really dense and chewy bread pudding. I like my bread pudding like I like my women. Light and fluffy. And the praline pieces weren’t like traditional New Orleans pralines. They were more like a chewy nut brittle. And the whole dish was really sweet. Way too sweet for me.
Overall, lunch was pretty good and I will be back to try that Buffalo Shrimp poboy. Supplemental report to follow!
2510 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 Ph: 504-821-4110