It is a good day when I have a Poor Boy sandwich at Parkway Bakery & Tavern. My favorite is half oyster and half shrimp. I order a ‘regular’ sized Poor Boy dressed. I usually sit at the bar, but I’ve noticed that Locals seem to prefer the back. They say it’s because that’s where the condiment station is. No matter where you end up sitting, you should always get up and look around the historic building. It’s one of those places where a movie should be filmed. The look is classic New Orleans. This Bayou St. John neighborhood gem is a local institution that has been around the block and through the looking glass. The stories ooze from the walls.
I could tell you it’s been around since 1911. I could tell you that it once was a working bakery with huge ovens that produced bread and Seven Sisters Sweet Rolls. I could tell you that it has flooded and been rebuilt at least twice (1978 & 2005). I could tell you that the previous owners Charles Goering Sr., Henry Timothy Sr., and The rowdy Timothy Brothers were all colorful characters, and that the present owner Jay Nix bought the Parkway Bakery & Tavern for $45,000 in 1995. I will tell you that Michelle and Barrack Obama ate there and loved it. But most importantly, I should tell you that Parkway Bakery & Tavern has a family atmosphere, and when you visit New Orleans that is always something you should look for. It’s often busy there, so I wouldn’t go unless you have the patience for a fast paced, very loud, in your face culinary masterpiece. Pride is felt in New Orleans about Poor Boy sandwiches and Parkway Bakery & Tavern.
Lately, Parkway Bakery & Tavern is offering Meiomi Wednesdays. Meiomi night is Wednesday which is also an oyster night (Monday’s and Wednesday’s), so you can order fresh fried oysters and enjoy a bottle of Meiomi Chardonnay or Pinot Noir for only $12.00 a bottle. That is a deal!
Parkway Bakery & Tavern 538 Hagan Avenue New Orleans, LA 504 482-3047
Open 6 Days A Week
11am to 10pm
Happy Hour: 3pm to 7pm