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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 #81 of 1,606 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A classic Italian grocery where they invented the muffuletta. The whole sandwich is HUGH so if you're hungry order a half. In fact, we split a half and were satisfied, if not full. The sandwiches were pre-made and handed to you wrapped in paper. There are counters and stools in the back so you can sit down. Very tasty. The... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We went early and thus avoided the crowds. It's sort of unclear how to order or pay and the employees will not ask you if you need help. You basically have to seek them out and tell them what you want. We ate at the counter. Great muffaletta and unique experience. You have to give this a try if you're... More

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Panama City FL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Paid a visit to Central Grocery on my recent visit to New Orleans. Ordered a whole muffaletta to go. They had many sandwiches pre-made and pre-wrapped, so there was no waiting. The owner was there and we talked a little about upcoming college football season (he's an LSU fan go figure). The sandwich was great! Loaded with Italian meats and... More

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tripree
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We delayed our departure from New Orleans to stop in and get muffuletta bread. We had visited the day before and were told by a friendly young employee that they sold the bread by itself and that they opened at 9 am. We arrived early, wandered around a bit, then got back to the store around five minutes til 9.... More

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Miami, Florida
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119 reviews 119 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

When the Italians moved to New Orleans, they brought their salami, olive salad, great bread, cheese and ham. Central Grocery is famous for its muffaletta sandwich. It is premade (they sell hundreds a day) and is made on pizza shaped bread full of olive salad, Italian cold cuts and cheese. Get there early before they run out and they are... More

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doodlepaula
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Had a friend tell me we must go get a muffaletta sandwich. So yummy but our eyes were bigger than our tummies. The 4 of us could of split a whole with chips and a drink. I'm not an olive person but these sandwiches are great and worth the trip!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I came here from a recommendation from a friend who visited a while back. Worth every penny I spent in here. The muffaletta was amazingly delicious and I couldn't get enough of it! I even bought some of their olive salad to take home with me and attempt to replicate it!

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Sydney, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If visiting New Orleans should experience a Muffaletta. Very generous portion, so don't over order. Sit up back for the true experience. A local institution!

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Mississippi
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It doesn't get more New Orleans than this! The atmosphere can be a little intimidating to a tourist because this feels like such a local place, but don't let it get to you. Grab an Original Muffaletta, Voodoo Zapp's chips, and a Coke, and head to Jackson Square for a picnic to take in the sights and experience the music... More

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Toronto, Canada
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It is an old store with a few counters at the back and a sign pointing to where the line forms to get your muffaletta - for that is the main reason anyone would come in to this place. They have been making these sandwiches forever and they are the best. Sure they stock olive oil and other items from... More

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