Eating My Way Through the South

(This is a work in progress. I hope to add each of the great places I’d recommend to eat in and around New Orleans. In the meantime, I’ll hold the place with my first entry.)

Central Grocery
923 Decatur Street

Description: The home of the Muffaletta sandwich is a great place to stop for a quick lunch. Served on round Italian bread, a muffaletta is piled high with ham, salami, cheese and the signature olive relish that makes this sandwich unique. Sandwiches are huge, and sold by the half-sandwich, a perfect lunch for two. Wrapped in butcher paper, they’re good to go, and I recommend taking lunch to the nearby river or Jackson Square for an impromptu picnic. Don’t let the line scare you off, these guys have the routine down and get people in and out quick. This is an Italian grocery with a Louisiana flair, so shelves are packed with spices, relishes, condiments, cheeses, hot sauces, olive oils and sweets of all kinds—a great way to take a little of the flavor home with you. The aroma of garlic, spices and olive oil that hits you when you walk through the door is worth the visit alone. Come for the aroma, stay for the sandwich.

What I had: Muffaletta sandwich, ice-cold Barqs in a bottle

Would I do it again? At least once each time I visit New Orleans.

2 thoughts on “Eating My Way Through the South

  1. While the Central Grocery version of the muffaletta is good, I much prefer the “warm” version found at The Napoleon House in the French Quarter. Chef JP

  2. Thanks for your comment! If you’re spending any considerable time in New Orleans and have the $$$, a dinner at Galatoire’s on Bourbon Street is a must-do food event. The place conjures up visions of the old New Orleans. Chef JP

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