Just returned from a trip to NOLA where I visited both Parkway Bakery and Central Grocery for the first time.
We enjoyed the roast-beef po'boy at the former, and the muffuletta at the latter, but I have to say we weren't blown away in either case.
I certainly don't mean to bad-mouth: at Parkway, the staff was wonderful, and the other sandwiches we got (catfish and alligator sausage) were very good. Hell, the roast beef was very good, too. But given the chatter on this board and elsewhere -- well, maybe my expectations were just too high.
I still have to try Parasol, but based on a previous visit I will continue to give props to the (underappreciated?) r.b. po'boy at Ignatius, on Magazine Street. Where else?
As for muffulettas... we got to Central on the early side of lunch and, happily, didn't have to wait terribly long. But again, while we enjoyed the muffuletta, I don't see what the big deal is about C.G. in particular. After several visits now I've had a few different muffs -- Napoleon House, Johnny's, the one at Jazzfest; even Mike Serio's -- and none of them were so much better than the others that I'd recommend spending extra time and/or money for any of them in particular.
best to all -