Po-Boy, Poor Boy, or PoBoy… however you want to say or spell it, there’s nothing quite like the classic New Orleans sandwich. And growing up here, you’ll learn that most people are pretty opinionated about which places have the best. What version of meat-packed French bread goodness gets your heart fluttering? Is it the gravy-laden roast beef at Parasol’s, the cornmeal fried oysters at Mahoney’s, or the piled high fried shrimp at Domilise’s? Easy to choose if you’re a traditionalist, but what if you’re not?
Just when I thought the local selection of po-boys couldn’t get any better, I was finally introduced to Parkway Tavern in Mid-City. At Parkway, po-boys aren’t just roast beef, shrimp, and oyster. They have a variety of sausages (beef, pork, and alligator), a house-made corned beef, Parkway pastrami, and, for those of you looking for something sans meat, a Caprese with fresh mozzarella, basil, and sliced tomato with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Still hungry? A side of chili, potato salad, gumbo, or hot and crispy fries covered in their famous roast beef gravy should definitely hit the spot.
I went traditional with a regular fried shrimp, dressed (of course), sweet potato fries, and an ice cold Barq’s root beer. Can’t say I was disappointed with my choice at all–the shrimp were breaded and piled beautifully–but after seeing the Caprese dripping with balsamic, and the roast beef dripping with gravy, I know next time I’ll have to try something different. Good thing I’m stickin’ around for a while.