Parkway Bakery & Tavern

Cajun/Creole | Sandwich Shop
Worth driving from anywhere!

New Orleans’ roast beef po boys don’t draw the attention bestowed on more distinctly regional Gulf Coast fried-seafood heroes, but locals are passionate about them; and the superior beef sandwiches made by eateries in and around New Orleans are as intrinsic as a muffaletta or an oyster loaf.

The best of the best is made at Parkway Bakery & Tavern, a wood-frame building overlooking Bayou St. John. It comes tightly wrapped in a tube of butcher paper that already is mottled through with gravy splotches when you pick it up at the kitchen window. Unwrap it and behold a length of fresh, brawny bread loaded with beef so falling-apart tender that it seems not to have been sliced but rather hand-pulled, like fine barbecued pork, into myriad slivers, nuggets and dainty clumps. It is difficult to discern where the meat ends and gravy begins because there is so much gravy saturating the meat and so many carving-board scraps, known as debris (say DAY-bree), in the gravy.

That meaty gravy makes the city’s ultimate dining bargain. For little more than the cost of an assembly-line Big Mac, Parkway’s gravy po boy is a sandwich of the good, chewy bread filled only with gravy. The bread is substantial enough to absorb massive amounts of the liquid and a booming beef scent, becoming the most appetizing savory loaf imaginable, its surface crowded with debris that is the concentrated essence of roast beef.

What to Eat
Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Surf ‘n’ Turf Po Boy
Surf ‘n’ Turf Po Boy
No, this sandwich is not photogenic! But what appears to be an awful mess in my less-than-artistic photo is, in fact, one of the best po boys in New Orleans, and one of the strangest: surf 'n' turf! How the shrimp retain their crunch against the stampede of beef and gravy is a mystery; the luxurious duet sings dulcet harmony when packed into jaws of bread and abetted by a salad's worth of dressing garnishes.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Sausage Po Boy
Sausage Po Boy
Sausage is tidier than beef and not nearly as overwhelmingly flavorful.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Gravy Po Boy
Gravy Po Boy
OK, the gravy po boy is even worse looking than the surf 'n' turf. But if you love the flavor of beef, especially when combined with fresh, muscular bread, it is a beautiful thing. Note all the meat shreds you get in the gravy.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday11 am - 10 pm
Monday11 am - 10 pm
Wednesday11 am - 10 pm
Thursday11 am - 10 pm
Friday11 am - 10 pm
Saturday11 am - 10 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 48 min total driving
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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