Monday, August 30, 2010
Barack Obama eats at Parkway Tavern
I read in the newspaper today that the sitting President ate lunch yesterday at Parkway Tavern and Bakery. I don't blame him. We go there fairly frequently, so frequently that the woman at the register and I know we share the same last name though we may be only very distantly related. There are a lot of Kings in the world according to phone books but I rarely ever meet one. Interestingly, all the other Kings I've met are either African American or hail from the Caribbean. My own surname hails from upstate New York, a town you've never heard of south of Buffalo.
Since I first spent extensive time in New Orleans, I've been a Parkway fan. I still can't eat a whole regular sandwich and the woman at the counter knows that my wife and I like it cut in half so we can share. I'm partial to the reuben, but the barbeque beef also finds a soft spot in my stomach.
I was thinking of going to Parkway for lunch yesterday but I opted instead for Bud's Broiler. I know, the food isn't exactly in the same league but I admire any place that's open twenty-four hours as the City Park location is. I also think Bud's serves the best hot dog in the city, which is what I ordered: #9 without onions.
The lady of the house was reading the newspaper this morning and asked if I had already read it. Of course I had. It arrives promptly at 3:30AM every day. I admitted I had considered Parkway for lunch yesterday. "And you didn't say anything? I would have taken Parkway over Bud's Broiler any day!" I know. That's why I didn't mention it. I was hankering for a #9 without onions.
Maybe I should have shared my thoughts. Then in the course of a single week I could have bumped into two White House occupants. It doesn't bother me too much because I got to rub shoulders and elbows with New Orleanians rather than Washingtonians yesterday. Nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong with that at all.
I have to admit that now that the colleges and universities are in session the tenor of the clientele at some of my hangouts has changed. I won't say if its better or worse. Let's just say I'm getting old.