On a quick weekend trip to NOLA our hosts suggested Parkway for the premier po boy. At 1 pm on a Saturday the line was out the door. Starved and disappointed, we left to try Theo's Pizza (another review). We vowed to return that night for another shot at the Parkway legend. This time, early in the evening the historic dive offered plenty of elbow room in the bar area. Alas, my buddy and I were too stuffed from the very late lunch and a later snowball to even consider the po boy. So we settled for an order of the gator sausage and roasted turkey gumbo. The heat and the seasoning provided the precise power needed to battle a rare NOLA winter chill. Equal amounts of sausage, turkey and okra had me turning up my bowl to drain every drop. The toasted and buttered homemade po boy bread made sopping up the remaining juice extra satisfying. Yet, we were still without a po boy.
Sunday. Lunch time. Very few cars in the lot. We anticipate the drizzle of roast beef gravy or the crunch of perfectly fried shrimp. We have a small window of time before we have to leave for the airport, but we jump into the medium-sized line. It barely moves, but the clock sure does. Calculating the drive time to the airport and the order to service time, we conclude that we must bail on the po boy again in hopes that the airport might have a Parkway satellite shop. But, no. We left town po boy-less. The moral? Don't seek out NOLA's endeared establishments without a plan and plenty of time. Or, bring some extra cash and offer to buy the meal of the person next in line if they'll order yours too.
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