Central Grocery

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Central Grocery

Central Grocery

We started day number 2 of our New Orleans trip over on Decatur St. and the French Market.  After getting some early morning beignets from Cafe Du Monde, we had a great albeit cold time walking through the French Quarter and market place.  Finally we happened upon Central Grocery and the home of the original Muffuletta that has been around since 1906 and had no choice but to stop in.

The grocery market

The grocery market

The grocery store finally offered something different from what we found in every other store on Decatur St.  Sure you can still buy the pralines here, but also they had a nice assortment of cheeses, olives, and oils.  I was here for the muffaletta though and didn’t spend too much time looking around at everything else.

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Muffaletta

The muffaletta is a huge deli sandwich usually with bread similar to focaccia, and filled with cheese, salami, and olive spread.  I went with only the half side which is cut in two, but the whole is a large round sandwich cut into 4 different pieces.  This was only my second time eating a muffaletta sandwich and became an instant fan.  Even though the sandwich was flat, I felt there was a good proportion of meat and cheese to bread.  It was a unique delicious treat!

The menu

The menu

You can get some of the olive salad used on the muffaletta to go if you want to take a bit of the taste with you.  Places like Central Grocery don’t hang around for over a hundred years on accident.  They make a really good sandwich and they know it.

 

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