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Sep 20, 2010 08:57 PM

Parkway Bakery

Is this place as good as advertised? What kind of neighborhood is it in?

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  1. It definitely lives up to its reputation. Located just off Bayou St. John, the neighborhood is beautiful and definitely worth exploring. Take a walk down the bayou toward Esplanade after lunch.

    Their po' boys are prepared with skill on Leidenheimer French bread which is delivered 2-3 times a day. You can see the giant bags of loaves stacked in the hall behind the kitchen.

    Order at the bar for a full service experience, or wait in the line at the counter window -- it moves quickly. Fried shrimp is a classic, but definitely check out the less obvious options -- grilled turkey, hot sausage, alligator sausage links. The turkey and alligator sausage gumbo is worth sharing with a po' boy. Or an order of cheese fries with cheese and roast beef gravy.

    Parkway is my top po' boy establishment -- slightly edging out Crabby Jack's.

    Crabby Jacks
    428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

    Parkway Bakery & Tavern
    538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

    1. Tulane Jeff stated it better than I could. Only question that I would have is are you driving, or hoping to take public transit and then walking. The neighborhood on Jeff Davis deteriorates from Canal St. until you get to the Bayou. Along Bayou St. John, things are lovely again, though I would not venture THAT far Riverside from N Hagen St.

      Parkway IS worth their hype, IMHO.



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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        So Bill - Would you NOT recommend taking the streetcar up Canal St. and walking to Parkway (at lunchtime)?

        1. re: ClevelandRandy

          Cleveland Randy...........You should take the Canal Street Streetcar to Jefferson. Get off and walk NE 5 blocks to Parkway for lunch. You will not have problems IMO. Jefferson has a boulevard on the left. There are houses on the right going to Parkway the first 3 blocks. The area on your left is more open and less populated. The next two blocks are more open and commercial. If you were to have any problems it would be at night along the first 3 blocks which is residential. I could see some thugs hanging out in that area at night but they won't be active during the day. I would walk back to Canal and take the Streetcar back to FQ or walk back on Canal. I would not walk SE to the FQ from Parkway in the daytime. I walk around the FQ and CBD quite often but not at night.

          Take the streetcar to Jefferson and walk for lunch. Come back the same way. Have fun.

          1. re: Littleman

            Thanks, Littleman! Having been the victim of a random act of violence once in New Orleans (in the Marigny - involving brass knuckles and my face), I'm pretty wary.

            1. re: ClevelandRandy

              Littleman has described the neighborhood very well. While I am a person, who enjoys walking, I would do this for lunch only. It is a tree-shaded walk, and not that far.

              Though I lived in NO for years, and grew up in its shadow, I am less likely to just roam about now (and this goes back to before Katrina), than in my youth.



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Thanks Hunt. I always enjoy and learn from your postings on this board, and particularly love your comment about Galatoire's. I was hoping you'd weigh in on my recent posting (if you have a moment to do so):

                Galatoire's Restaurant
                209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  Awww come on Bill..Your packin serious heat arent you???

                  1. re: Mytah

                    Uh, normally... but avoidance is my motto.


                2. re: ClevelandRandy

                  Go with your instinct but I would probably just take a cab instead - nobody else is apt to be so blunt but that is my honest opinion. Parkway poboys, however, are well worth the cab fare.

                  1. re: txgirl

                    there is really no danger in walking to Parkway from the streetcar for lunch. i have never ever heard of anyone having any problems of any kind. one is much more likely to get into an auto accident.

                    1. re: txgirl

                      Kibbles is absolutely right. It is extremely safe.
                      Why would anyone not be blunt? I doubt anyone wants the OP to risk his/her safety!

                  2. re: Littleman

                    You don't get off at Jefferson. Jefferson Avenue, often referred to simply as "Jefferson," is on the St. Charles streetcar line. You get off the Canal line at Jefferson Davis Parkway, or "Jeff Davis" as it's known.

                    1. re: N.O.Food

                      Thanks for your directions NO. The OP is going on the Canal Street streetcar and not the St. Charles Avenue streetcar. The Canal Street steetcar will not take him to the Jefferson Avenue you mention. I think the OP is knowledgeable enough to get off at Jefferson Davis. I said Jefferson to abbreviate Jefferson Davis Parkway. Just like other folks abbreviate FQ, CBD et al. Thanks again for your kind corrections. They are greatly appreciated. Good luck.

                  3. re: ClevelandRandy

                    cleveland - you will not have any safety problems traveling at lunchtime. middle of the nite, stumbling drunk, may be a different story, but for lunch its fine.

                    1. re: kibbles

                      Thanks, all, for the advice. I hate to sound paranoid, but I want to be smart.

                      1. re: ClevelandRandy

                        Jeff Davis is a wide street with a beautiful and wide neutral ground (median for you non-natives). Once this street ends its about a half block further. It's not a perfectly safe neighborhood, so I agree with the day vs. night.

                3. It's good, but the best roast beef Isandwich I've had in New Orleans is at Houston's on St Charles Avenue. However, Houston's aint no Po Boy shop, so go to Parkway for the real, "authentic" Po Boy experience.

                  1. Good info - thanks. We'd be driving from the CBD area.

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                    1. re: wilson

                      once again walking off the canal street car during the day down jeff davis parkway is super safe, just like being in mamas arms.

                    2. We went to Parkway for lunch today, and it was yummy. I just LOVE the grilled turkey, and like Tulane Jeff says, that is not one of the most obvious things to order. A couple sitting near us were visiting, and asking lots of questions of the employees. With a little subtle eavesdropping :) I learned that they cook their roast beef for 24 hrs. No wonder it's so good! One tip: GO EARLY! Huge difference in the line if you go at 11:30 vs12:30......

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                      1. re: MPasta

                        You know, I have never had their turkey. At some other sandwich shops, a "turkey Ruben" is my go-to, even when the chef says that there is no such thing. I give instructions, and we usually end up with a good sandwich. Gotta' try that - but the shrimp and RB are so good, that it might take a few visits.

                        Still, with the photographs of the old, long-since gone, Pontchartrain Beach photos, I have something to do, while waiting.


                        1. re: MPasta

                          id like to try the caprese salad poboy i saw there a couple weeks ago... sounds refreshing