Central Grocery

Cajun/Creole | Grocery Store | Sandwich Shop
One of the best

Central Grocery is home of the muffuletta, one of New Orleans’ great sandwiches. Muffulettas are now available in many restaurants around town (and around the nation), and there are some who like other restaurants’ versions better, but we’re quite happy dining at the source, for Central Grocery meakes a beauty. A circular loaf of soft Italian bread is sliced horizontally and piled with salami, ham, and provolone, which are in turn topped with a wickedly spicy melange of chopped green and black olives fragrant with anchovies and garlic. The hefty hunk of lunch is quartered and wrapped and sold ready to go … or to unwrap immediately and eat along the counters that have been installed at the back of the store. In our opinion, this mighty muffuletta (available as a half sandwich for puny appetites) is definitive. Yes, other restaurants now make fatter ones on artisan breads with more exotic cold cuts and fancier ingredients in the olive salad, but this big fella has a classic dignity that simply cannot be bettered.

And the store, while a smidgen less quaint then it used to be, and no longer a full-service sandwich shop (muffulettas are the only meal you can get), is still a fine place to shop. It is the same well-weathered, creaky-floored emporium it has been for decades, its grocery shelves a wonderland for all who like pickles, olives, peppers, and spice. What has not changed one bit is Central Grocery’s distinct aroma: an irresistibly appetizing perfume of salamis, cheeses, garlic, and oil.

What to Eat
Central Grocery, Muffuletta
Pronounced Muff-a-lotta by natives, this mighty sandwich is actually the size of four normal-size sandwiches; accordingly, it is served quartered.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9 am - 5 pm
Monday9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday9 am - 5 pm
Thursday9 am - 5 pm
Friday9 am - 5 pm
Saturday9 am - 5 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 9 MILES | 48 min

Of all the great sandwich cities in America, New Orleans is at or near the top. Home of the muffaletta, the po boy, and the oyster loaf, it is heaven on earth for those of us whose definition of happiness includes a crisp crust, fluffy crumb, plenty of gravy, Creole mustard and/or mayonnaise. This sandwich-eating…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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