The Best Places To Get An Authentic New Orleans Muffaletta

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Central Grocery claims to have invented the New Orleans sandwich known as a muffaletta. Like the Vietnamese Bahn-Mi, it was named for bread used to make it, in this case a circular foot-wide Sicilian loaf that resembles a double-tall focaccia. The loaf is sliced sideways and piled with salami, mortadella, capicola and provolone and — the muffaletta’s soul — a thick ribbon of garlicky olive salad.

Great meats make Cochon Butcher‘s version noteworthy. Not too far away in the French Quarter, Napoleon House heats up its muffaletta (to purists, a misdemeanor); and it is worth a drive out to Rocky and Carlo’s in St. Bernard Parrish for a totally non-tourist version.

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Central Grocery

Central Grocery invented the muffuletta, one of New Orleans' great sandwiches, and despite its celebrity, it still makes the best in town. Love the olive salad!

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Cochon Butcher

House-cured and smoked meats star at this casual New Orleans "Swine Bar" progeny of the original Cochon. Boudin sausage and BBQ pork are featured attractions.

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Napoleon House

Napoleon House's toasted muffuletta is a pleasure to tear into, its mellow olive salad more of celery than olives. A NOLA restaurant classic.

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Rocky and Carlo’s

A great Italian-Cajun eating hall out in St. Bernard Parish, Rocky and Carlo's serves hearty meals cafeteria style. Not to be missed is macaroni and cheese.