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Mid-City po-boy shop Avery’s on Tulane now serves dinner 

  Mid-City po-boy shop Avery's on Tulane (2510 Tulane Ave., 504-821-4110; is now open for dinner. Fans of the decadent Buffalo shrimp po-boy and roast beef debris po-boys can get them at dinner along with all of the restaurant's regular daytime offerings of 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.

  Husband-and-wife team Justin and Christy Pitard opened the lunch spot in 2012, when there was a dearth of dining options in the area. It gained a following of lunchtime regulars in the area, including employees at the nearby Criminal District Courthouse. The corridor is becoming busier with the opening of the hospital complex.

  "Once the (Veterans Administration hospital) opens, that's going to change everything ... but there was a need for a restaurant here regardless," Pitard said.

  Avery's on Tulane is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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