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Check out the 4 top spots in New Orleans's Bayou St. John neighborhood

Check out the 4 top spots in New Orleans's Bayou St. John neighborhood
Sweet Soulfood. | Photo: Alesia A./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on January 24, 2020.

Looking to uncover all that Bayou St. John has to offer? Get to know this New Orleans neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a tavern to a bakery.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Bayou St. John, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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Topping the list is Parkway Bakery & Tavern, a spot to score sandwiches, seafood and desserts. Located at 538 Hagan Ave., it's the most popular business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,927 reviews on Yelp.

This family-run spot has been serving Bayou St. John for more than 100 years (except for one small hiatus). On the menu, look for classic New Orleans cuisine like po'boys, alligator sausage and stewed turkey gumbo. Also look for the charbroiled hamburger, classic grilled Reuben, chicken and smoked ham. (Find the entire menu here.)

2. Sweet Soulfood

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Next up is vegan spot Sweet Soulfood, which offers soul food and more, situated at 1025 N. Broad St. With 4.5 stars out of 287 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

According to the business's Yelp page, Sweet Soulfood is "an all plant-based restaurant. We offer Creole New Orleans style Soulfood. We also have a salad bar and our sweet spot the ice cream bar!" The eatery offers different entrees every day of the week. (Find the full menu here.)

3. Lola's

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Tapas bar and Spanish spot Lola's is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 3312 Esplanade Ave., four stars out of 308 reviews.

Lola's serves up tapas starters like garlic shrimp and ceviche. Main course options include paella, fideua, seafood, roasted duck and caldereta. (Explore the entire menu here.)

4. Mayhew Bakery

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Mayhew Bakery, a bakery that offers coffee and tea and custom cakes, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 11 Yelp reviews. Head over to 3201 Orleans Ave. to see for yourself.

According to the business's Yelp page, the bakery "focuses on small-batch handmade sourdough breads! We source organic flours and local products from the markets."

On the menu, look for baguettes, biscuits, pastries, cookies and cakes. The lunchtime crowd may also opt to order ham and grilled cheese sandwiches.


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