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“Best po boy ever”

Parkway Bakery & Tavern
Ranked #11 of 96 Quick Bites in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Bayou St. John
Description: Parkway Bakery & Tavern is a New Orleans restaurant and family dining tradition located at the corner of Hagan and Toulouse overlooking Bayou St. John in Louisiana.
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

We've had hundreds of po boys in our life and can honestly say this oyster shrimp po boy was the best ever. We sat at the bar and got great service. You can also order at the counter and sit at larger tables in the back or on the outside patio. Parkway has an interesting history beginning in 1911. Supposedly in 1929 the "poor boy" was invented as a way to feed hungry young men. We got there on a Thursday at 11:00 am when they opened and had no problem getting a seat. By the time we left it was packed. Mostly locals but a few tourists have discovered this restaurant. I would highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

This is a must-stop if you fall in love with po-boys the way we did. It's a bit of a trip if you're staying in the FQ like we were, but sooooo worth the trip. You can take the street car on Canal north ($1.25 each way per person) ... or just walk, it's like 30 minutes or so. We tried several "half" (still big!) po boys, so that we could sample a few...I think we got the roast beef (classic, but messy), and the crawfish. Both were amazing!! Also had the gumbo here, which was surprisingly good as well!

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

My wife went for lunch last week while on vacation. There was a bus group of kids from Atlanta there so the wait was a little long. Believe me the food was worth the wait. We just got a fully dressed large shrimp. When we unwrapped it the shrimp the falling out of the sandwich( so many shrimp). Sandwich was big enough to share. A definite return trip is in order. Oysters only on Monday and Wednesday.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

...shrimp po boy was up Canal on the streetcar to the Jeff Davis stop, and a short walk from there. Nothing fancy, and be prepared to wait in line, but it was worth the wait. The po boys were literally overflowing with shrimp that was cooked just right.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

The many reviews testifying to the food quality are correct.
Without some 'issues', mine was a five circle experience:
Couldn't pre order as it was broken on the day, so I showed up around 130pm and the place was chaotic, tour bus parked outside motor running, school kids milling round and the sound level on the property was in the high 100plus decibel range. Never mind, it's my 1st time to visit the famous (since 1911) Parkway Bakery.
Waited in an order queue for a very long time, once the order was taken and food pre paid it came out in minutes, the only thing on the small menu which I thought wasn't fried or cheesy, a roast turkey poboy dressed.
It was delicious, not a lotta very thinly sliced turkey for an $11plus sammy, a tad dry, though I ordered 'dressed' that means mayo lettuce tomato. I'll get to that later. Prior to eating, I tried to find the washroom, signs said 'upstairs' but all doors were locked? so I washed my hands best I could with a cup of drinking water. No one mentioned condiments and I didn't see any so I ate most of my sammy (dry) until I spied an unmarked locker which another patron opened nearby containing mustard , mayo, and sauces! Wonder why that was never OFFERED upon ordering or pick up? As mentioned, twas CHAOTIC in the place for the 1st 40 minutes, then quieted down to a dull roar. Finished my snack in an hour and the remainder of the poboy improved MARKEDLY with some mustard / mayo.
VALUE: not compelling at $11.50 scarce meat / twas a light sammy.
SERVICE: a coupla 'issues' as stated but staff were working their butts off in that kitchen ! It's self order / pick up takeaway style although I chose to "dine in".
QUALITY: a very well executed poboy, one of the best in town (Verte Marte is better IMHO)

Date of visit: May 2018
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