In a quiet uptown neighborhood sits a small yellow house with a handpainted sign that reads, "Domilise's Po-Boys and Bar." It's 10 am. The phone inside begins to ring furiously. A line of both locals and tourists alike forms on the corner of Annunciation and Bellecastle. By noon, the scent of fried shrimp and oysters can be smelled all the way to Tchoupitoulas Street. It's lunch time. Domilise's is open and Miss Dot is smiling from above while her beloved customers sit and enjoy their po-boys.
Generations of families have eaten at Domilise's. Politicians make sure to stop by on Election Day, and football family dynasties grew up eating Domilise's. Celebrities wait in line with their friends and hang their photo on the wall. But, it doesn't matter who walks through those doors—everyone is considered family at Domilise's. Miss Dot loved her customers and considered them family. She celebrated their birthdays, weddings, graduations, and other special events.
Domilise's was founded around 1918 by Peter and Sophie Domilise as a neighborhood bar. A few years later, Sophie began cooking plate lunches for the longshoremen and river front workers. Shortly after World War II, Peter Domilise turned over the small corner bar and sandwich shop to his son, Sam, and daughter-in-law, Dorothy "Miss Dot" Domilise.