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Central Grocery Co.

Deli / Bodega and Grocery Store$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
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  • Jason G.
    "Amazing muffuletta sandwich."(7 Tips)
    Kristen
    "olive salad has carrots and cauliflower!"(7 Tips)
    Amelia H.
    "Try the Half Muffuletta - Amazing!!!!"(4 Tips)
    David O.
    "Home of the Original Muffuletta in New Orleans!"(2 Tips)
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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.
  • 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
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonFebruary 19, 2016
    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 WinstonWander.com.
  • 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
  • Hudson Sutler
    The originators of the Muffaletta are still doing it better than anyone else in the country. A stop in Central Grocery is a must for any first timer in NOLA. Read more
  • 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.
  • Ross R.
    The original muffuletta sandwich. A cool grocery store too. They have a ton of nice cheese and charcuterie from Italy. Spicy voodoo chips too.
  • 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!
  • Sean M.
    Ordered a full size muffuletta sandwich and it lasted us the whole afternoon! Perfect size for sharing!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • etta y.
    etta yFebruary 8, 2015
    Great muffuletta. You'll need napkins. Cross the tracks and sit on the Mississippi to enjoy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RothApril 13, 2013
    The best muffuletta I've ever had. Worth the long line to wait.
  • 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.
  • Nicole E.
    Nicole EparvierJanuary 10, 2016
    I hate olives but the olive salad on the muffuletta really makes the whole sandwich. Definitely worth the wait and the price tag.
  • Thea L.
    Thea LennaOctober 22, 2013
    The original and the best muffeletta you can find. Worth the wait and the cramped dining space.
  • foodforfel
    foodforfelAugust 24, 2014
    The muffaletta sandwiches are huge. A whole sandwich comes with four wedges, a half two.
  • GadgetComa
    GadgetComaMay 4, 2016
    Of course, it's all about the muffuletta. Get half and split it with someone. They're huge.
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMApril 30, 2016
    Try the muffaletta and be sure to buy some of the interesting food finds while you're waiting in line!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emily A.
    Emily AndinoMarch 10, 2015
    Delicious muffulettas! Be careful, though--these sandwiches are HUGE. Authentic Italian grocery.
  • Susan Leonidas T.
    The muffuletta is fantastic! Be prepared for a wait and make sure to sit on a stool in the back.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ivette T.
    Ivette TorresJuly 24, 2013
    Order the muffuletta (full if you are really hungry) and San Pellegrino orangina!
  • Adam K.
    Adam KassJuly 24, 2012
    so worth the short wait for the original muffuletta. The sesame seed bun makes the sandwich.
  • 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!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 18, 2015
    The Muffuletta is a great sandwich. Love the olive salad on it
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KaneNovember 19, 2016
    Amazing muffuletta!!definitely a must stop when in New orleans
  • Dave L.
    Dave LoochAugust 30, 2014
    This is the place to get a muffuletta, which is a special italian sandwich
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Felix Z.
    Felix ZayasJuly 24, 2013
    Great muffuletta. If they can only offer to warm it up, it would make it marvelous!
  • 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!
  • Marigny9
    Marigny9April 1, 2014
    This is THE Muffaletta. Lagniappe: interesting selection of Italian specialty groceries.
  • Sean A.
    Sean AgansDecember 4, 2015
    Exceeded expectations. Much better than Cochon Butcher.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BoydaDecember 30, 2014
    Muffaletta, muffaletta, muffaletta! Totally worth the wait in line.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HollidayMarch 26, 2013
    The best sandwich I have ever had! Get the half, its plenty.
  • Cindi C.
    Cindi ClarkMarch 23, 2015
    Wow gotta get the Muffuletta but go early. The line gets really long.
  • James F.
    James FiltzJuly 19, 2012
    Go early! Delicious snack before a proper sit down meal IMHO!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinOctober 10, 2015
    Love a good muffuletta. One is plenty for two people.
  • Pat M.
    Pat MarzofkaOctober 17, 2016
    Have a muffuletta, they are great. But order the half not the whole.
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LeviSeptember 19, 2015
    #1 muffuletta in the world. We shared between 4 of us.
  • Debbie B.
    Debbie BraffordJuly 6, 2012
    Can not come to New Orleans without getting a Muffuletta from here at least one time before you leave!!!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydNovember 26, 2011
    This is the home of the Muffuletta. Order the half and enjoy.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 31, 2012
    Try the Muffuletta Sandwich - The original. Excellent.
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LeopoldSeptember 12, 2014
    Obviously, gotta get the muffaletta.. So good.
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansAugust 27, 2013
    Gambit's Best of New Orleans: Best Muffuletta Read more
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyJune 11, 2013
    The muffuletta is pretty much the greatest sandwich you'll ever eat.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KassJuly 24, 2012
    so worth the small wait. you have to get the muffuletta.
  • @sloane
    @sloaneFebruary 11, 2012
    Get a muffuletta, bag of Zaps and walk down to eat in Jackson Square. It's heaven!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsMarch 20, 2015
    Obligatory New Orleans stop. Bread is pretty oily so grab some napkins.
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansSeptember 5, 2012
    Gambit's Best of New Orleans Readers' Poll 2012 Winner: Best Muffuletta Read more
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdMarch 26, 2015
    A whole muffuletta was almost $20 but fed me and my fiancé for two meals.
  • Bryan A.
    Bryan AalbergOctober 19, 2012
    Come in when they have bread later in the day
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HinsonSeptember 22, 2012
    the original. the best. rare Italian provisions stacked to the ceiling.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GervaisFebruary 26, 2016
    Amazing muffuletta sandwich.
  • Eliska O.
    Eliska O.June 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You haven't had a muffuletta until you've had one from Central.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HoweyOctober 24, 2014
    What do you mean what good here. The fucking muffalettas. Two people can split one and get full.
  • Donna B.
    Donna BaileyMay 23, 2015
    Muffelleta are the best. Long lines on the weekend.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherJanuary 21, 2015
    Skip the line and get your Muffaletta from Cochon Butcher
  • Joy S.
    Joy SylvesterAugust 21, 2014
    Ok Nola's best mufalata no joke. If you love them get one and take it home in a cooler.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulerDecember 12, 2015
    Classic NOLA muffulettas. Delicious and huge.
  • Zach T.
    Zach ThomasJanuary 2, 2016
    There are two lines, one for groceries and one for takeout food
  • Josh L.
    Josh LaboveJanuary 23, 2014
    Home of the NOLA classic, the muffaletta.
  • Roshni P.
    Roshni PatelNovember 25, 2015
    Best muffuletta ever!
  • Michele R.
    Michele RichardsSeptember 20, 2013
    The muffuletta is absolutely amazing!
  • Dave G.
    Dave GNovember 17, 2014
    Looking for the ORIGINAL muffuletta? You've found it. It is awesome!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BeattyApril 1, 2013
    Their muffaletta is over rated. Not enough of the meat and cheese, the olive spread is over powering and the bread is a poor choice for this sandwich.
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DomenicaliNovember 21, 2010
    Awesome muffalettas. There will be a line but it goes fast.
  • John C.
    John Cassillo2 weeks ago
    Just get the half muffuletta. It's plenty of food.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 18, 2015
    The half sandwich is more than enough
  • Starr C.
    Starr CappsAugust 17, 2011
    Muffaletta FTW! Just one sandwich fed our family of 4, which includes a hungry 17 y.o.
  • The B.
    The BullNovember 25, 2014
    The muffuletta is very big and oily
  • Mitchell L.
    A half of a muffuletta is enough for two people.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KaneNovember 19, 2016
    So fresh.and yummy
  • William H.
    William HitchcockOctober 17, 2016
    Put a slice of tomato on the sandwich
  • Tom R.
    Tom RayMarch 2, 2013
    Muffuletta to die for
  • Felix D.
    Felix DApril 29, 2013
    Closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HallJanuary 17, 2012
    Try the Half Muffuletta - Amazing!!!!
  • adrian s.
    adrian suggsJune 4, 2015
    Best muffuletta in New Orleans!!!!
  • Antonio L.
    Antonio LlagoSeptember 24, 2014
    The best sándwich that ever try
  • Kristin
    KristinNovember 10, 2014
    Muffuletta! All the way!!
  • Vallyri
    VallyriJuly 18
    Better prices than most of the tourist shops
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KaneNovember 19, 2016
    Home of the muffuletta
  • Musette H.
    Musette HeyertJanuary 29, 2016
    Always the best...
  • Helena Tiare O.
    Helena Tiare OlsenOctober 3, 2014
    Go there early!!
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMay 13
    The birthplace of the Muffuletta. Had to try it and wasn't disappointed.
  • Katie W.
    Katie WebbAugust 10, 2014
    Muffalettas are wonderful.
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DriggersDecember 8, 2014
    Try the infamous muffaletta.
  • Eduardo
    EduardoJune 7, 2013
    Muffuletta, não deixem de provar. Excelente comida.
  • Mario O.
    Mario OlveraJanuary 3
    Excelente todo gran fila avanza rapido
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