Parkway Bakery and Tavern

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Address: 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119

Latitude/Longitude: 29.973673, -90.090517

Web site: click here

Phone: 504-482-3047

Pricing: $


Locals of New Orleans are passionate about the much loved sandwich called a poor-boy. They argue endlessly about who makes the best poor-boy in all of New Orleans. To begin with, it’s all about the bread, it has to be soft in the middle and crispy on the outside. When you finish your sandwich there has to be flakes of  crusts in your lap. And it has to be real french bread, the kind that is hard as a rock at the end of the day…no preservatives here. The seafood has to be fried in a light batter and the roast beef has to be cooked down in gravy until it falls apart.

For many, that favorite place is Parkway Bakery & Tavern, a neighborhood institution since 1911, where poor-boys are served at a counter and devoured on a slew of tables both inside and out.  The chef and staff are friendly and the ambiance is old New Orleans. The menu boasts 25 different types  poor-boys, from the classics sloppy roast beef, fried shrimp and fried oyster (only on Mondays) to special treats like fried sweet potato, the Parkway Caprese and grilled smoked alligator sausage link.

When they ask if you want it dressed, say yes: that means shredded lettuce and juicy tomatoes. For the quintessential New Orleans experience, a bag of Zapp’s potato chips and Barq’s root beer completes the meal!

From the Author: I have always a difficult time choosing between the roast beef and the shrimp because they are both sooo good! Parkway has solved the problem, they offer a Surf and Turf poor-boy. You got it........roast beef and shrimp all together in gravy! I know, its sounds just awful , but you will be amazed!

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