Despite all the fanfare and attention lavished on Chicago as the host city for the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala in June, only one Chicagoan won an award at the event. Chef Erick Williams, owner of the Southern restaurant Virtue in Hyde Park, took home the medal in the category of Best Chef: Great Lakes.
Now the James Beard Award-Winning Chef Erick Williams has extended his culinary presence in Hyde Park Chicago with a new po’boy shop, celebrating the culture of New Orleans.
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 serve icy cold Abita beer and pay homage to Louisiana cooking with po-boys featuring bread flown in from Leidenheimer Baking, gumbo, fried chicken, and muffulettas. There’s also nine TVs for sports fans.
Daisy’s Po-Boy opened Saturday, August 13 with indoor dining and outdoor seating on two patios. The restaurant’s hours are 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 4-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.