A step inside Parkway Bakery and Tavern is a step back in time. For starters, Parkway (532 Hagan Ave., 482-3047) has occupied the same building near Bayou St. John for nearly 100 years. Next, there's owner Jay Nix's display of collectibles, ranging from historic photos of local landmarks such as Circle Grocery to old beer signs to Nix's favorite: two old New Orleans States newspapers framed above the pick-up window, one reading "WAR" from Dec. 8, 1941, and the other "PEACE," dated Aug. 14, 1945.
Then there's the bustling bar, which offers everything from cheap domestic beers to its signature cocktail, the Pimms Cup. Both the bar and restaurant are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, though the restaurant side always tends to do more business. However, on Friday and Saturday nights, the bar stays open until 10 p.m. to host a rotating roster of local musicians such as vocalist trio The Pfister Sisters and harmonica wiz Andy J. Forest.
Finally, there's the food. Parkway is known for its roast beef po-boy, which comes bathed in housemade gravy, and the shrimp po-boy, whether on a bun or French loaf, is another favorite choice. Nix reports his customers also consume large volumes of Barq's Root Beer.
In keeping with its connections to the past, Parkway recently changed its menu to include two local classics: a grilled meatball po-boy topped with Provolone cheese and a grilled hot dog on French bread topped with cheddar cheese, onions, chili and yellow mustard.
"The hot dog po-boy is an old-school sandwich that most of the po-boy shops around town used to make," Nix says, striking a preservationist's tone. "But people don't now, so we figured we'd bring it back."
Funding the Artists The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) has awarded $95,000 in grants to 45 Gulf Coast artists through the SweetArts Katrina Fund. The CAC raised the funds through donations and a fundraising event held in New York in February. The grants were given to visual, performance and folk artists in Louisiana and Mississippi who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.
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- Diners chow down on a lunch of po-boys, soft drinks and beer at Parkway Bakery and Tavern's Mid-City bar.