Gettin’ Dressed in New Orleans: Best Po’Boys in Town

Parkway Bakery & Tavern in New Orleans

Before my recent trip to the Big Easy, I consulted with my Who Dat? friends on a must-have food experience in their city. Skipping the bignets and café au laits, we went right for the po’boy.  The best way I can describe a po’boy is to say it is like a third-trimester submarine sandwich— stuffed with meat or deep-fried seafood and served on a French baguette. Po’boys are not for the faint of heart, vegetarians, or those of us with high cholesterol.  Remember, antacid is your friend.

Inside Parkway Bakery & Tavern

Inside Parkway Bakery & Tavern

This Yankee stopped in at the Parkway Bakery & Tavern, claiming to be the oldest, most entertaining, po’boy shop in New Orleans. With a line wrapping halfway around the building on a Saturday afternoon, we had plenty of time to consult the menu and take in the atmosphere. By the time we reached the counter to order, I knew I wanted my po’boy dressed* and served with a basket of yam-fries and a cold bottle of old-fashioned Barq’s root beer.

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Other local po’boy shops on our list included Domilise’s, La Bella’s (rumor has it, La Bella’s serves the best meatball po’boy in the city), Bobby’s Seafood (known also for a fresh catch, get your po’boy oyster dressed), and Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery (yes, a Vietnamese restaurant in on the po’boy craze).  There’s even an annual New Orleans Po’Boy Preservation Festival in November (S.O.S. = Save our Sandwich, no kidding!).

* Not x-rated, dressing your po’boy means adding all the fixings’ (like lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo). Think of it as a Memphis-style BBQ.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA  70119
(504) 482-3047


5240 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA  70115
(504) 899-9126

La Bella’s

2118 3rd street, Kenner, LA  70062
(504) 466-2000

Bobby’s Seafood

9013 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge, LA 70123
(504) 738-2104

Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 254-0214

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine,, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at

1 Comment on "Gettin’ Dressed in New Orleans: Best Po’Boys in Town"

  1. I live in the GNO (greater New Orleans area) and my 10 and 12 year old niece and nephew are visiting for Spring Break, or as it is called here in NOLA, Easter Break. These kids have had a blast and it makes me stop and realize how family friendly this place really has become. Sort of like Vegas now being a family vacay destination. They caught the Easter parades, rode the streetcar, walked on the Levee, went to the D Day WWII Museum, the Aquarium of the Americas, the Insectarium, and of course several restaurants in the area. The kids are enthralled by the rootbeer served in old fashioned bottles, the boiled seafood, and the friendliness of the people. They are having trouble cramming everything they want to do into their 5 day vacation. I would highly recommend New Orleans for any family looking for a fun/historical place to take their kids.

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