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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 #76 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
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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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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW 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 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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212 reviews 212 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I wanted to give this a 5, but the need to work on their customer service. Central grocery is exactly that, a grocery store that makes sandwiches. The muffuletta was great, but the person that took my order and my money barely looked up or said a word. Definitely not what I expected from a place that relies on customers.... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Very good muffulettas. Sometimes there is a bit of a wait but worth it. I have ordered muffulettas from all over New Orleans and found this one to be the very good. I usually get a whole one and wrap half of it up for later. Very little seating so get there early or have a picnic.

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