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Parkway Bakery & Tavern Restaurant Review: Parkway Bakery & Tavern doesn’t deal in fancy, trendy or contrived fare. Dating to 1922, it was shuttered for a long time, then brought back to life by local denizen Jay Nix. The simple, rustic building and the cooking are pure New Orleans, and the atmosphere is casual: stand in line to order and then pick up your food when they call your name. If there is a house signature item, surely it is the flaky hot roast beef po’ boy, fully dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. But choose from about two dozen more selections, including catfish, shrimp, oysters, sausage, ham and more. The huge hot dog is as juicy as they come, and as long as you’ve come this far south, why not have some sweet potato fries? Desserts are all made in-house: bread pudding with rum sauce, banana pudding and rum cake. Wines are limited to the standard varieties Woodbridge offers, but you can get a Barq’s longneck root beer, too. Pay close attention to the local memorabilia and photos on the wall. The story of New Orleans is really all right there.