Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Muffaletta from Central Grocery, Hold the Muffaletta...

Central Grocery in New Orleans

We figured it would be wrong to leave New Orleans without a muffaletta from the famed Central Grocery. The muffaletta sandwich features an olive salad base and green olives aren't really my thing, but I figured I'd take one for the team...

Unfortunately (or, perhaps fortunately?) we noticed as we passed by on our last night in town that they were closed the next day (Sunday). Pretty cool place to peer into at night, though.

Central Grocery in New Orleans

Our hopes of a muffaletta-to-go dashed, we wandered back to our hotel down ever-busy Bourbon Street. Our encounter with the olive salad will have to wait until our next visit.

Bourbon Street

3 comments:

  1. I visited Central Grocery on my last day in New Orleans a few years ago. I too was told you can't leave without trying a muffaletta so I stopped in and bought half a sandwich to take home with me. I would have eaten it there, but I was already stuffed to the gills with Aunt Sally's pralines and beignets from Cafe Du Monde. I have to say, 5 hours later and after having been squashed in my carry on - it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. If you ever make it back to the French Quarter, you absolutely have to try it.

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  2. Hi Indy - yes, we definitely missed out. On our next visit, we'll make sure we get ourselves a muffaletta.

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  3. We went to New Orleans at Christmas time in 2003 and stayed at The Hilton Riverside. They had a great resteraunt in the hotel that served Muffeletta sandwiches and they were GREAT!!!! I try making them here in Ohio but some of the ingredients have to be substituted for because you cannot find some of it here. But good news is I just found a deli that has Capicola Ham so I am preparing my list to take to that deli to purchase HOPEFULLY all the items I need. Still will have to find good Olive Salad and a better bread to use.

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