The Legendary Muffaletta

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Best Muffuletta New Orleans

The muffuletta is a legendary New Orleans sandwich. It’s a wheel of Sicilian bread with Italian sliced meats and cheese. Sounding too familiar? Well, the thing the sets the muffuletta off from your average Italian sandwich is the olive salad. Whether it’s lunchtime or you’re rocking a buzz in the late night, the muffuletta is the clutch sandwich of choice. When you’re ready to tackle one, here’s where you need to go.

Central Grocery & Deli
923 Decatur St
(504) 523-1620

The muffuletta didn’t just fall from the sky. It was invented by Salvatore Lupo, an immigrant from Sicily who opened Central Grocery & Deli in 1906. The grocery is still slicing the meat and cheese fresh daily. Can’t get enough of that olive salad? They sell it by the jar. If you only eat one muffuletta while you’re in New Orleans, go to the place that invented it!

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St SUITE B
(504) 588-7675

When it comes to paying homage to a classic, you have to make sure you do it justice. Donald Link, the executive chef at Cochon Butcher, is doing just that. Since it’s a legit butcher shop, building an epic meat sandwich like the muffuletta was a total no-brainer. It’s a classic Sicilian roll with house meats and olive salad. The best part? It’s right here in the Warehouse District, so you can skip the massive crowds in the French Market.

Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar
3636 Bienville St
(504) 482-9120

We hesitate to call this a muffuletta because it’s technically not. But Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar is building the appropriately named ‘Frenchuletta’ to feed the hungry locals. The owner of Liuzza’s was a big fan of the classic muffuletta flavors but felt like there was just too much bread. The solution? Put it on French bread! Also, the Frenchuletta is served hot instead of cold like its ancestor. The original is hard to beat, but Liuzza’s is right there with it.