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.
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.