The legendary Thanksgiving “Poor Boy” (not po’ boy) from New Orleans’s Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been a cult classic since its debut twelve years ago, forcing the sandwich shop to come up with inventive ways to reduce lines and accommodate customer orders in years past. Other local spots have since garnered annual anticipation for Thanksgiving-themed sandwiches, from Stanley’s post-holiday leftovers croissant to newcomer Piece of Meat’s gravy-drenched version. In a year that warrants as much comfort as possible, here are four ways to satisfy pre-Thanksgiving cravings in a sandwich in New Orleans right now.
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Check out the offering from LGD cafe/bar/cake shop Bakery Bar — smoked turkey, bourbon-glazed ham, cornbread stuffing, a slice of cranberry jelly, and mashed potato aioli on toasted marble rye. Called the Ultimate Leftover, the sandwich is available right now to-go or for dine-in, Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chaya Conrad’s Thanksgiving sandwich at Bywater Bakery is pure bliss, from the umami goodness of cranberry sauce bright with citrus to the slow-roasted, juicy turkey and buttery bread stuffing cubed from Conrad’s country white bread. Did we say it’s swimming in a pool of gravy? The sandwich is gratitude on a plate. — Beth D’Addono
The always-creative Killer PoBoys has it’s own version of a Thanksgiving po’boy it calls The Gobbler — roasted turkey, ham, sweet potato mash, spiced pecans, green bean and mushroom “casserole”, and cranberry satsuma mayo. Available for pickup or delivery.
The annual turducken hot dog from the gourmet ‘dog shop is another popular local option, combing turducken sausage, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, andouille sauce, and green onions. All locations (Magazine Street, Freret Street, and Frenchmen) are open for takeout and delivery daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This year Parkway’s famous sandwiches, piled high with turkey, cranberry sauce dressing, and gravy, will come in the form of a meal kit that can be assembled at home. Each kit, for two sandwiches, comes with fresh French bread, turkey, cranberry sauce, dressing and gravy for $40, plus tax. Call or email through November 23rd, to place a preorder, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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