It was once a historic home on Howard Avenue. Now it’s a new-age po-boy shop.

The homemade pickles at Southport Line are amazing.
The homemade pickles at Southport Line are amazing. Special to the Sun Herald

One of Biloxi’s newest restaurants, Southport Line, is serious about po-boys.

Located in a beautifully renovated old Biloxi home on Howard Avenue, the restaurant is turning heads with innovative and up-scale renditions of the famous New Orleans po-boy.

The menu is a one-pager with a handful of starters and salads, but the bulk of the menu is all about po-boys.

If you are like me you will want to start with the pickle plate ($7), which consists of delicious homemade pickles, homemade pimento and cheese, pickled onions and crispy fried onions. It is a delightful combination. If you are not starving, this plate and a cold beer or two will take care of you.

There are five side dishes from which to choose, including Zapp’s chips, but I suggest you try the macaroni and cheese ($3) that is made with thick and chewy bucatini noodles that are hollow like straws and get high marks for innovation and cheesiness. I am told the recipe is a New Orleans tradition.

There are 14 po-boys on the menu in $10 and $12 sizes. The Italian is a great po-boy, loaded with mortadella, capicola, salami, provolone, onion, oregano and hot pepper relish. Ask for a little extra olive oil to make it just that much better.

The grilled portabella po-boy is meaty and delicious, served with crunchy pickled onion (what a great idea), celery, carrots and a cucumber and cilantro vinaigrette.

The cheeseburger po-boy, made with 50 percent pork and 50 percent beef, is a great idea and will be next on the list. The meatball po-boy also looked delicious and friends who had eaten there earlier suggested the sausage po-boy.

The menu describes Southport as “serving authentic and chef-inspired NOLA Po-boys using regional fresh Ingredients.”

That’s true, but it doesn’t go far enough. Southport is innovative and not afraid to try something different.

If you are a po-boy fan and love a cool place to hang out comfortably with friends, this place is for you.

Southport Line

Where: 647 Howard Ave., Biloxi

What: Specializes in po-boys and New Orleans-style cuisine.

When: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.