The Best Muffulettas in New Orleans
Don’t miss these classic sandwiches in the Big Easy
As you already know, the Big Easy boasts one of the most exciting culinary scenes in the country. And the muffuletta, a local specialty sandwich touting round loaf bread, layers of cheese and cured meats, and olive salad, is something you can’t miss. So here, a handy guide on where to find some of the city’s best. After all that eating, unwind in your room at the Royal St. Charles Hotel.
Central Grocery & Deli
Opened in 1906, this family-owned grocery store holds bragging rights to creating the iconic sandwich. A local institution, it’s one of those rare spots that tourists perpetually pack – there’s always a line, but it’s well worth the wait – but locals still firmly endorse. If you feel like bringing a little history home, you can grab a pre-made one on your way out.
This bustling Warehouse District restaurant by celebrated chef Donald Link is his culinary love letter to all things meaty. It should come as no surprise, then, than that his riff on the muffuletta is exceptional. Featuring house-cured meats and a toasted sesame seed bun, this sandwich is elevated just enough to make it special, but echoes enough characteristics of a classic version to ground it in familiar territory.
What makes the muffuletta at this historic French Quarter spot stand out from the pack is its temperature. While most are served cold, this one is piping hot. The result is a gloriously drippy, messy creation, as the heat simply intensifies the flavors of the cheese, meat, and olive salad. Make sure to have extra napkins ready, and don’t forget to wash it all down with an ice cold Pimm’s Cup.