PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN
538 Hagan Avenue
New Orleans LA
The Parkway may have had its ups and downs, but nowadays it is soaring. Though one of the long time Po'Boy places, Parkway closed in the 90's, reopened under a new owner in the early 2003, ended up with water rising over its bar after Katrina, and has been rebuilt once again - see the We're Saved Again" sign to the right.
Enough of a history lesson. The Parkway Bakery is mostly about po'boys. They are most famous for their roast beef and gravy po'boy above. I had mine "dressed"- lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayonnaise. Of course it comes on Leidenheimer bread - a New Orleans must.
I gave their turkey and alligator sausage gumbo a try. Pretty good. Made with okra, which I like. Thin broth and not the darkened roux flavor I expect. Has a nice kick to it.
I ordered at the bar, which is fine. But if you want to come off as a local, walk up the ramp to the "dining room" and order at the kitchen window. Then return to the bar and order a Dixie beer or a Barq's root beer to chase it down.
Not many better ways to eat ones way into the afternoon.