WE KNOW POOR BOYS

Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been serving up the legendary poor boy sandwich and other local favorites for over 100 years. Since 1911, we’ve been a family run business with a reputation for high quality, delicious food, and real New Orleans hospitality. With plenty of seating and parking, plus a full bar, photo booth, and more, there’s something for everyone at Parkway.

We’re proud to symbolize home for many New Orleanians who’ve had to move away and continue to connect with their city through our food, laughter, and friendship. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Parkway has a seat waiting for you.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

  • Husband and I knew we found a winner with our first bite at Parkway. We would rank Parkway as one of the best sandwiches we ever ate and put them on par with sandwiches found at John’s Roast in Philly, or Slyman’s corned beef in Cleveland. Our visit to Parkway was one of the highlights of our trip to New Orleans and we would strongly recommend getting to Parkway for one of the best sandwiches and experiences in New Orleans. Thank you Parkway for doing it right.

    - Cindy Jerde on Facebook | September 14, 2016
  • I truly haven’t had a better poor boy then the Surf and Turf at Parkway. I’m no expert, but it seems like what a poor boy should be: crunchy on the outside, juicy in the middle, and explodey in between. BOOM! Poor boy everywhere!

    - Scott K. on Yelp | August 24, 2016
  • We recently visited this venue for the first time. It was a delicious New Orleans experience, from standing in line to order at the window, to sitting outside picnic style, to the great tasting and reasonably priced poor boy. Loved the relaxed atmosphere and great food. We sat and visited for a long time, never felt rushed to leave.

    - sirius488 on TripAdvisor | August 2016
  • Craving their SurfNTurf pretty much every day of my life.

    - merrymommyblog on Instagram | September 15, 2016
  • Right off the banks of Bayou St. John, this place has the best fried seafood po’ boys. It’s the go-to local spot for a po’ boy and a beer.

    - Chef John Besh in Garden & Gun Magazine | June 23, 2016

WHERE WE CAME FROM

Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been a neighborhood landmark since it opened in 1911. German baker Charles Goering, Sr. ran Parkway Bakery until 1922 when Henry Timothy, Sr. purchased it, with the intent of continuing to run it as the neighborhood bake shop. In 1929 he added the recently invented “Poor Boy” sandwich to feed the workers at the American Can Company. They operated twenty-four hours a day, so with the addition of the poor boy, so did Parkway.

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MEET OUR TEAM

You may have discovered Parkway through founder Jay Nix and General Manager and Head Chef Justin Kennedy’s many appearances on television, but they are just two of the incredible, hard working folks who are the heart and soul of everything we do at Parkway.  

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HISTORY OF
THE POOR BOY

We’re poor boy experts, so it’s only natural that we share the fascinating history of the legendary sandwich. Back in 1929, Bennie and Clovis Martin’s hole-in-the-wall coffee stand became the birthplace of the poor boy–a hearty sandwich they invented for streetcar motormen who were on strike to improve labor conditions and wages. Bennie Martin said, “We fed those men free of charge until the strike ended. Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming, one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.'”

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