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Central Grocery Company

923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3381 (French Quarter)
(504) 523-1620
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Ranked #78 of 1,605 restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Neighborhood: French Quarter
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  • Italian first
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English first
Winter Park, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Half a muff is $8.50 and feeds two people quite well. Despite the huge amount of bread it doesn't weigh you down. Staff before the lunch rush are very talkative and during the lunch rush are still very nice. Great lunch for two for $15 with chips and a soda each!

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Helena, Arkansas, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The birthplace of the muffaletta is becoming or has become average. The ingredients of the sandwich are still first quality. However, the sandwiches suffer from being premade and sitting for who knows how long. The popularity of Central Grocery requires that they pre-make the sandwiches and stack them up waiting for people to order. Though once the best muffaletta, now... More

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This place has been here since before time. It's historical place in the city is firm, and with good reason. The Muffaletta sandwich. If you are a lover of these sandwiches, you simply have to visit Central Grocery, down on Decatur St. Be prepared to stand in line a couple of minutes. The sandwiches are cold, don't expect a hot... More

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West Covina, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Lunch can be an easy experience but make you feel cheated at the same time. The Central Grocery is one that will not let you down for a fast, inexpensive meal, on the go, in the French Quarter. The Central Grocery is home to the “Italian Muffuletta” which is a round sandwich consisting of ham, turkey, salami, and cheese, but... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We HAD to come here to get a Muffuletta. It was amazing! I had to knock the 5 to 4 because when we returned to get a Muffuletta for the plane home at 3pm, they were sold out! We were very disappointed because 1) the woman at the counter was rude about it; 2) for a store that draws folks... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Planning our trip to New Orleans my husband researched the best local food that you don't want to miss if you are there. You will never believe that this little grocery store has the best sandwiches ever, we shared half of a muffuletta and it was awesome, the price is very decent and even when you have to wait in... More

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Atlanta, GA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The husband and I visited Central Grocery to grab the hub some lunch (I don't eat meat). He ate half the muffaletta at the store -- proclaimed it one of the best sandwiches he has ever feasted upon and packed the rest up for later. The next day, he ate the muffaletta on the plane and said it may have... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

And I was not disappointed. I first learned about Central Grocery in a documentary called Sandwiches You Will Like by Rick Sebak. As you enter the grocery store, you will notice the charm of all the different products and the alluring scent of a variety of spices. I was so excited to walk up and order a full Muffaletta. Now... More

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Jackson, Mississippi
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

All things culinary to be found here. The Muffelettas are a must when we visit New Orleans. The large round bread they put these on is comparable to anything found in and around Paris, which makes the sandwich truly outstanding. Be prepared to stand in line. Sometimes it extends out to the street!

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Long Beach, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A friend recommended I go here for their muffuletta, as this is the place that invented them. The sandwich (I ordered a half and wished they sold fourths -- they're HUGE!) lived up to the hype -delicious. I also loved the atmosphere -- a couple of tables and counters squeezed into the back of a tiny grocery store. I agree... More

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