The Original Muffuletta in New Orleans

Like Beignets from Cafe Du Monde, Turtle Soup from The Commander’s Palace, and Chargrilled Oysters from Drago’s, there are some things you just must eat in New Orleans!  Food, like travel, is as much about traditions as trying new things.  Central Grocery on Decatur, which opened in 1906 at the same location, created the muffuletta, and while you can get it across the city, this is still the original and the best!

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I’ll be the first one to tell  you that yes, a line does make the food taste better.  I’m a girl who thinks nothing of waking up early to stand in line for hours for a taste of Franklin BBQ in Austin, so the lines at Central Grocery are nothing.  And you have so much more to look at while you wait, the old store is filled with amazing finds!

For the courtesy of other customers, be prepared when it’s your turn in line.  The sandwiches, which are the only thing they sell, are premade, giving the olive mixture time to soak into the bread, and making it even better.  It’s never soggy!  The muffulettas are sold as a half, cut in 2, or as a whole, cut in 4 pieces.  There’s only one line, so have your other purchases ready, too.

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You can take your muffuletta to go, or eat in the store at the bar, which is the way to do it if you can find the space!


It’s just amazing!  They haven’t changed a bit since I was a kid, and in 20 years they’ll probably be the same when my kids come back with their kids.


So, what do you do as a family of 5, when there are only 4 parts?  You order 2 whole ones!  They really are great a little later, too!  We had just finished the Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez, and we were all starving, those Cafe Du Mond Beignets only kept us going for so long!

Things To Do (With Kids) in New Orleans


The Audubon Aquarium is a located in the French Quarter, right on the shores of the Mississippi River!  Click HERE to read more!

Ranked by Trip Advisor as the #2 Museum in the World, the National World War II Museum is a must-see!  Click HERE for more information.

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is a fun play to take the kids to play and learn, located in the nearby Warehouse Museum District.  Enjoy the day or enroll the kids in one of their camps to attend while you explore New Orleans for a day!  Click HERE for more information.


During this visit, we stayed at the Hilton Riverfront Hotel, located just next door to Fulton Alley!  The hotel offered two heated swimming pools, and a large workout facility with tennis courts and much more!  It also has a terrific location, right on the river, and adjoining the Riverfront Mall and Carnival Cruise Lines port!  Click HERE for more information.

Central Grocery

923 Decatur Street, New Orleans

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