Sunday, March 14, 2010

Parkway Bakery and Tavern - New Orleans (Midtown)

Parkway Bakery and Tavern
538 Hagan Avenue
New Orleans (Midtown)
Restaurant: open 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tavern: open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and beyond
Closed Tuesdays

By Jane Feehan

Where do New Orleanians go for po-boys? Parkway Bakery and Tavern. It’s located in a historic section of the city that got walloped by the flooding after Hurricane Katrina. An artist's interpretation of the way the large, rambling eatery looked before, during and after the storm hangs in the dining area. And, yes, the po-boys are great.

Many visit here to dine on their award-winning roast beef sandwiches but there’s also a fan club for catfish, alligator or corned beef varieties. My choice was a regular shrimp po-boy for $7.50. Overflowing in golden fried shrimp, this po-boy stole my appetite for their popular sweet potato fries. I opted to bring home a half-pound brownie baked on the premises; rich in chocolate, it was large enough for two. Parkway also serves that New Orleans favorite: bread pudding.

Be prepared to stand in line during busy hours to order at the counter. It moves fast but just slow enough to make new friends among fellow diners. If a line turns you off, order ahead and pick up at the bar. Lot and street parking available. Located about three miles from the French Quarter, Parkway is a unique experience. ©2010 Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.

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