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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 #72 of 1,579 restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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705 reviews from our community

83% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The ambience of Central Grocery adds to the flavor of the best muffeletta's around. Vegetarian (no meat, just cheese and toppings) muffeletta's are created -- with no hassle. Delicious. Great bread. Half a sandwich is big enough for 2 to share for "normal" appetites. Staff is friendly. I always go there when in New Orleans. Bring hand wipes.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Long line but it moves fast. Don't miss this sandwich in NOLA. We bought some olive salad to try and recreate it. I want to go back.

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Clearwater, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Every time I visit New Orleans I make sure to visit Central Grocery. The muffaletta sandwiches are huge and enough for 2 or 3 or 4, depending on your appetite. I don't know anyone who can eat the whole thing in one sitting. The meats and cheeses are fresh and tasty and the olive dressing makes it sooo good. And,... More

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Smithtown, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The sole purpose of visiting Central Grocery was to buy a Muffaletta. I went around 9am when most of Nola was still asleep or recovering from a night of partying. I stood on line for only about 5 minutes or so. The Muffaletta was already wrapped up waiting for me. Technically, I only bought a half-sized (around $9); since half... More

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Tabernacle, New Jersey
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Stopped by on a Tuesday, at 2:00, they were already sold out!! Went back the next day,...it was worth it. Bought a half and could only eat a quarter of it, saved the other quarter for a late snack. I really was not sure I would like a muffaletta but it was great. Will go back there again when in... More

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Belleville, IL
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Most people go here for the Muffaletta's. So did we. But don't try to go on a Monday. We had planned to get a Muffaletta for lunch on a Monday and that is the only day they are closed. So we went back a different day. A whole sandwich is around $16 cut into quarters. 4 People could eat this... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

They created Muffalettas. And they continue to make the very best. Great little grocery across from the French Market in the French Quarter, you don't really fully experience New Orleans without experiencing the Central Grocery and partaking of this Louisiana delight- the Muffaletta. There were 9 of us in our party, we stood in line (as you often do at... More

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I have always wanted to get a muffaletta from the original creator. Wow, I was really not happy with anything about this sandwich. There was so much oil it covered the bread. Bring a bunch of napkins. The bread had no really redeeming taste, blah at best. I was in New Orleans for 5 days and had way better bread... More

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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Amazing! My sandwich was with the wait. The line might look long but they have it together and it moves quickly. I went all out and got a whole muffalatta sandwich. Delicious. :)

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Metro Detroit
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

So many people come here, that the muffelettas are made hours in advance. We were there at 11am, and our sandwich was dry, had barely any olives on it, and the bread tasted day old. There was a HUGE pile on the back counter which was what they served. Disappointed.

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