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Central Grocery Co.

Deli / Bodega and Grocery Store$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
  • Mike C.
    "Try the Muffuletta Sandwich - The original."(5 Tips)
    "olive salad has carrots and cauliflower!"(7 Tips)
    Amelia H.
    "Try the Half Muffuletta - Amazing!!!!"(3 Tips)
    Brendan R.
    "Really the best muffaletta I had in New Orleans."(29 Tips)
130 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • muffuletta
  • olive salad
  • good for a quick meal
  • authentic
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  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacDecember 30, 2014
    The muffuletta is a great start to your New Orleans visit. The sandwich is as big as your head so share with others. They are pre-made so the line moves quickly. Counter seating in the back.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonFebruary 19
    The home of the OG Muffuletta. Each bite is a perfect blend of salty sliced meat, hearty, dense bread, and bright, tangy, crisp pickled vegetables. Read all about it
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Be sure to buy a muffaletta sandwich, made with Italian deli meats, cheeses and chopped-olive salad on round bread. Before the first bite, place a heavy napkin on your lap! -Travel Editor
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 9, 2012
    Just queue up, place your order quickly (one half muffuletta or one whole, if you're splitting, and we recommend a bag of cajun Zapp's chips), pay the man, and go. They're busy. And rightfully so.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 9, 2011
    Created by Central Grocery in 1906, the muffuletta is New Orleans’ signature sandwich. If this sounds like your average Italian hero, then the delicious marinated olive salad will change your mind. Read more
  • Meloney Smith N.
    Their Muffuletta is "Da Truth". Nice, efficient, no nonsense customer service. Wonderful 'cultural' food items. In business since 1906, the store oozes authenticity. Truly a classic.
  • marshall w.
    marshall wrightJune 6, 2013
    Order a whole muff to go for the room to snack on while you're here. Then stop back and order a couple more for the plane (or car) ride home.
  • Odo
    OdoSeptember 22, 2012
    Great sandwich, the combination of different hams,salami, and mortadella, with cheese, and the great marinated olive salad is a must in NOLA. Full review... Read more
  • Andy S.
    Andy SloanJune 8, 2014
    Great food, people that work here are so friendly! Hadn't been back in years, can't wait to get back! You gotta go and try the spot when you're in NO, great!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KOctober 8, 2011
    You go here for one reason only - the muffaletta... Be prepared to wait in a long line, and come hungry! The whole is enough for 2 hungry people or 4 who are looking to snack.
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSMay 25, 2013
    Try the Muffaleta Sandwich - The original spot for muffelettas. Don't go anywhere else! And get in line before 1130am....before they run out!
  • Amber R.
    Amber R.October 20, 2011
    You know what you're here for, a delicious muffuletta of course. And buy a jar of olive salad to go.
    Upvoted Oct 7
  • Beth S.
    Beth ShookAugust 7, 2015
    Don't get why everyone stayed in the store to eat. Order a muffuletta and take it to a shady spot in the Plaza de Armas a few blocks away.
  • Libby L.
    Libby LeeFebruary 20, 2014
    Get there early and get in line for the muffuletta! This sandwich is so delicious, but once they are out for the day they are out.
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 21, 2014
    Really the best muffaletta I had in New Orleans. Packed with meat and olive salad/olive oil. Wash it down with an Abita root beer!
  • Rebecca Z.
    Rebecca ZickefooseApril 15, 2013
    Loved all the Italian deli accoutrements. Know what you want when you get to the counter, order, and get out if the way.
  • etta y.
    etta yFebruary 8, 2015
    Great muffuletta. You'll need napkins. Cross the tracks and sit on the Mississippi to enjoy.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LegaultOctober 17, 2014
    Muffulettas are the go to here, popularized by Huey Long's campaign promise, "Muffulettas for everyone!" - an alternate history of Louisiana.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RothApril 13, 2013
    The best muffuletta I've ever had. Worth the long line to wait.
  • Thea L.
    Thea LennaOctober 22, 2013
    The original and the best muffeletta you can find. Worth the wait and the cramped dining space.
  • LeeAnn T.
    LeeAnn TalaricoNovember 8, 2014
    Get your muffuletta here, not at Franks. We tried them both in a taste test and Central Grocery won hands down.
  • Nicole E.
    Nicole EparvierJanuary 10
    I hate olives but the olive salad on the muffuletta really makes the whole sandwich. Definitely worth the wait and the price tag.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DîanaJanuary 25, 2015
    The muffulettas are huge! Share a half with a friend. The olive salad is what makes this sandwich great.
  • foodforfel
    foodforfelAugust 24, 2014
    The muffaletta sandwiches are huge. A whole sandwich comes with four wedges, a half two.
  • GadgetComa
    Of course, it's all about the muffuletta. Get half and split it with someone. They're huge.
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMApril 30
    Try the muffaletta and be sure to buy some of the interesting food finds while you're waiting in line!
  • Kristen
    KristenApril 26, 2011
    Meat to bread ratio is perfect and the olive salad has carrots and cauliflower! Awesome. Wish they had them in NY.
  • Susan Leonidas T.
    The muffuletta is fantastic! Be prepared for a wait and make sure to sit on a stool in the back.
  • Eli H.
    Eli HorneJune 2, 2013
    Get a muffaletta and go eat it by the river. Don't feel bad if you can't finish it in one sitting - it keeps.
  • Steven K.
    Steven KayeJune 17, 2013
    Their muffuletta is proof that God loves us. A half-muffuletta is plenty unless you haven't eaten in a few days.
  • Emily A.
    Emily AndinoMarch 10, 2015
    Delicious muffulettas! Be careful, though--these sandwiches are HUGE. Authentic Italian grocery.
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusAugust 28, 2015
    Hmmm why go for cured food when there is so much fresh food in the city?! Long queues with some tables at back. Rude staff and huge portion. Share a half with someone!
  • Lidia Bastianich
    Lidia BastianichOctober 31, 2011
    At the back counter, seated on a stool with a muffuletta sandwich in front of you, is where you want to be.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KassJuly 24, 2012
    so worth the short wait for the original muffuletta. The sesame seed bun makes the sandwich.
  • Ivette T.
    Ivette TorresJuly 24, 2013
    Order the muffuletta (full if you are really hungry) and San Pellegrino orangina!
  • Matt C.
    Matt CuthbertJuly 8, 2010
    The muffuletta is phenomenal both in taste and sheer size. Do not dare attempt it alone -- it's best shared (and even then, can be hard to polish off).
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MunroSeptember 12, 2010
    BRING CASH!! We skipped 8 people in line because we paid with cash! The muffuletta was amazing and the size of a medium pizza!
  • John O.
    John ObeidinJanuary 11, 2012
    The muffaletta is out of this world. If possible grab an extra or 2 to bring home. You will have no trouble sharing it.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LoochAugust 30, 2014
    This is the place to get a muffuletta, which is a special italian sandwich
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer Kane2 weeks ago
    Amazing muffuletta!!definitely a must stop when in New orleans
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 18, 2015
    The Muffuletta is a great sandwich. Love the olive salad on it
  • Mat M.
    Mat MSeptember 26, 2014
    Do I even need to say it? Get The muffuleta! Order the half if it's just you, this is a big one
  • Felix Z.
    Felix ZayasJuly 24, 2013
    Great muffuletta. If they can only offer to warm it up, it would make it marvelous!
  • Marigny9
    Marigny9April 1, 2014
    This is THE Muffaletta. Lagniappe: interesting selection of Italian specialty groceries.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HollidayMarch 26, 2013
    The best sandwich I have ever had! Get the half, its plenty.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BoydaDecember 30, 2014
    Muffaletta, muffaletta, muffaletta! Totally worth the wait in line.
  • James F.
    James FiltzJuly 19, 2012
    Go early! Delicious snack before a proper sit down meal IMHO!
  • Cindi C.
    Cindi ClarkMarch 23, 2015
    Wow gotta get the Muffuletta but go early. The line gets really long.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydNovember 26, 2011
    This is the home of the Muffuletta. Order the half and enjoy.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinOctober 10, 2015
    Love a good muffuletta. One is plenty for two people.
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