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Parkway Bar and Tavern | The Best Po Boy in New Orleans

You can’t go wrong with a Po Boy sandwich when you visit NOLA. But where can you find the best Po Boy in New Orleans?

Best Po Boy in New Orleans at Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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Who makes the best Po Boy in New Orleans?

This is the question that we asked locals as we wandered around the Big Easy from the French Quarter to the Bywater neighborhood to Magazine Street. Our quest to find the best version of the iconic American sandwich was both a challenge and delight.

We posed this question to servers, bartenders, hotel clerks, cemetery workers and even to eccentric artist Dr. Bob. Our motivation was to find out where the locals like to eat the iconic New Orleans sandwich that dates back to the early 20th century.

Asking the question was a great way to connect with locals since everybody in New Orleans loves to talk about food. It’s a question that visitors often ask us, though they usually ask the question about cheesesteaks, a Philadelphia sandwich icon. This was our turn to ask the food-focused question.

Where to Eat the Best Po Boy in New Orleans?

We found out that there is no consensus on our question. Some people said Domilise’s Po-Boys & Bar. Others said Casamento’s Restaurant and Mother’s Restaurant. Yet others said our personal favorite, Parkway Bakery & Tavern.

Interestingly, some people answered our question with a question. They wanted to know what kind of Po Boy since they had different answers for shrimp versus oyster versus roast beef.

With no consensus on our question, we headed back to Parkway Bakery and Tavern for Po Boys and beer. We loved it there during our first New Orleans visit, and we wanted our friends to experience the delicious sandwiches for themselves.

Update
We returned to New Orleans for a fourth visit and Parkway still serves our favorite New Orleans Po Boy. We took the photograph at the top of this article during the later visit.

Parkway Bar and Tavern

Parkway Bar and Tavern is located a couple miles away from the heart of the French Quarter. Don’t be afraid of the distance – it’s just a Canal streetcar ride and a short walk to the Mid-City eatery.

Canal Streetcar in New Orleans Louisiana
Canal Streetcar – Photo / Karl Seifert

As you approach Parkway, you might think you’ve gone off the beaten track. Don’t worry – regardless of the time of your visit, you will likely arrive to find a large number of locals and tourists queued up for their New Orleans po boy fix.

Line at Parkway Bakery & Tavern for the Best Po Boy in New Orleans
Line at Parkway Bakery and Tavern – Photo / Karl Seifert

The restaurant is rife with history, kitsch and historic kitsch. The walls are filled with memorabilia including old menus. Dating back to 1911, the restaurant is entitled to that.

Parkway's Original Menu for the Best Po Boy in New Orleans
Parkway’s Original Menu – Items Not Available

There’s are loads of picnic tables, but the best seats are at the bar. The bar has a chill atmosphere with friendly servers and a full selection of Abita beer. Plus, it’s a great way to avoid the food line, assuming that you’re not into lines.

But what about the food??? Read on for the main event…

Po Boys

Golden Fried Shrimp Po Boy at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans
Golden Fried Shrimp Po Boy at Parkway Bakery and Tavern

Parkway’s shrimp Po Boy is brimming with perfectly fried crustacean morsels. Lightly breaded, the shrimps are the star of the popular sandwich.

Grilled Hot Sausage Po Boy at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans
Grilled Hot Sausage Po Boy at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans

Not as popular but just as delicious is the grilled hot sausage beef patty Po Boy. If you love your sausage hot and flavorful, then this may be the sandwich for you. We recommend getting it fully dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and pickles.

The large sandwiches live up to their name. The price difference is minimal for upgrading to a large Po Boy, so it’s worth going large to get the extra fillings, plus you will likely want to save some for later. That’s assuming you want room for a side. Trust us, you do.

Sides

French Fries with Gravy at Parkway Bakery & Tavern in New Orleans
French Fries with Gravy – Photo / Karl Seifert

The cooks at Parkway serve various types of sides featuring fries and chili. We recommend ordering fries topped with gravy and huge pieces of tender roast beef. In another time and place, this side would and could be the main course.

Dessert

Homemade Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce at Parkway Bakery & Tavern in New Orleans
Homemade Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

You clearly will not have room for dessert after a Po Boy and a side or two. That’s no excuse to miss out on the homemade bread pudding served in a pool of rum sauce. It’s that good. Share it, taste it, eat it and be happy.

Drinks

Bar Scene at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans
Bar Scene at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans

Finding drinks in New Orleans is never a problem even when your main goal is a po boy. At Parkway Bakery and Tavern, the double bloody mary is both cost-effective and delicious.

Get it extra spicy bloody mary if your taste buds and stomach can handle it. Highly recommended!

Double Bloody Mary at Parkway Bakery & Tavern in New Orleans
Double Bloody Mary

After you order your drinks, it’s time to focus on the main attraction. Let’s face it – Parkway Bakery and Tavern is all about the Po Boys.

Is it the crispy French bread? Is it the way that the hot sauce clings to the fresh ingredients? Does it matter why this classic New Orleans sandwich tastes so darned good?

At the end of the meal, it’s great to get a drink to go and sit at the nearby park and gaze at a rainbow in the sky. At least that’s what we did.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern in New Orleans
Karl, Daryl and Heidi leave Parkway Bakery with Go Cups.

Final Thoughts on New Orleans Po Boys

Fatter and happier than when we started the day, we had the answer to our original question about the best Po Boys. The answer is New Orleans. When you’re in NOLA, eat a Po Boy. Maybe two. You won’t be sorry.

Cheers to Parkway Bakery & Tavern in New Orleans
Cheers to Parkway Bakery & Tavern!

Parkway Bakery and Tavern is located at 538 Hagan Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119, United States.

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About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Daryl

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Apparently y'all never made a trip to Central Po'boys. Not Central Grocery, this one is on Central Avenue, Jefferson. Your loss. Not mine.

Joe Ritter

Friday 9th of October 2020

Enough to give this Po Boy a major homesick attach. So, my Parkway order (after several days of fasting), half RB Po Boy, Half Fried Shrimp Po Boy, a bowl of Turkey& Sausage Gumbo, and finish with Bread Pudding!

Dee

Friday 17th of January 2020

Best Po Boy in New Orleans We found out that there is no consensus on our question. Some people said Domilise’s Po-Boys & Bar. Others said Camasento’s Restaurant and Mother’s Restaurant. Yet others said our personal favorite, Parkway Bakery & Tavern Surely you mean Casamento’s.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 17th of February 2020

You are correct! Thanks for pointing out the typographical error so that we could fix it.

melody

Thursday 27th of November 2014

oh how i love new orleans. it is my favorite eating city in the united states and i love, love, love me some po'boys. i have not once been to any of the establishments you reviewed so i am anxious to have some new things to try on my upcoming spring visit. fries with gravy...that sounds interesting and the picture makes my mouth water. yum. keep on writing about new orleans loved it!

Christina

Tuesday 25th of March 2014

Oh, yum!! How I could go for one of those sausage po-boys and fries with gravy right now. Great post!