Central Grocery Company

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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.8 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
R 18.00 – R 363.00
CUISINES
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
features
Menu

Sandwiches
Original Muffuletta
half, cut in half
Original Muffuletta
whole, cut in 4
Sides
Marinated Mushrooms
per lb
Stuffed Artichoke
Olive Salad
Fresh Italian Salad

PRICE RANGE
R 18.00 – R 363.00
CUISINES
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES
Takeout, Jazz Bar
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,126 reviews
Excellent
1,968
Very good
788
Average
270
Poor
64
Terrible
36
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Emery Lee D
San Antonio87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
This has been positively reviewed by many. My review is in agreement with the positive ones. As many note, the thing is huge. Should you look at it and realize you over ordered, instead of taking it back to your hotel fridge and forgetting it there when you leave town, consider being careful with the remaining half, wrap it back up and donate it to one of the many around the wharf and Jefferson Square who could use the nourishment. Next meal, go try something new and delicious! Cheers
Written 18 January 2020
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COLZ123
Charlottesville387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
A friend who grew up in New Orleans recommended this place for their muffuletta and she was spot on! Four of us split a full sandwich and got some Zapps voodoo chips and beers to go and took our picnic to Jackson Square. It was worth the wait in line and it moved quickly as we looked over the store shelves stocked with interesting items like pistachio nut paste. The muffuletta was tasty with just the right amount of olive salad. The men in our group would have appreciated a little more meat but it was a perfect amount for the ladies. Yum! We will be back the next time we are in town.
Written 19 February 2020
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phvi2617
Anaheim631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Came here to try the original New Orleans muffuletta. Although it was a little oily, the sandwich was really tasty. Unless you're going to share, a half sandwich ($11.95) is plenty. The muffulettas are pre-made for the lunch rush, so service is quick, and there is counter seating near the back.
Written 15 February 2020
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Hank W
Orwigsburg1074 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
I rarely give excellent ratings as opposed to many inflated reviewers. The standard for all restaurants should be "very good." Anyhow, I am a man who loves big sandwiches. This fit the bill. I bought a half sandwich for about $11 bucks and it filled me., and I can eat large portions. Perfect balance of meat, bread, and the olive topping that makes the sandwich unique. You can get it to go and sit in the nearby Jackson park on a bench and eat your sandwich. Service was quick as they pre-make sandwiches around the lunch hour, but the pre-made status does not detract from the taste. There was a lot of other specialty foods in the market and I should have bought a jar of the olive topping.
Written 26 December 2020
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Shanelle
Santa Monica7501 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 family
Birthplace of the muffuletta and an actual Italian grocery store. We wanted to pick up some sandwiches to eat in the Louis Armstrong Park. Came here on a Wednesday morning around 9:30am and waited for 20 min in line to order. The whole muffuletta is cut into fours and was perfect for our family to have a satiating lunch prior to our cemetery and swamp tour. There was a variety of Italian goods and they have Zapps chips right before you check out (the temptation was too real for those crawtator chips). They do have an indoor eating area and they do take credit card. For the food itself, it was delicious. The bread is soft and the acidity of the olive salad against the saltiness of the salami was a great combination. You definitely do need some water after eating it though!
Written 13 March 2020
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David A
Texas City5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 none
We used to go to New Orleans on family vacations and I remember going in here when I was 7 years old ... over 50 years ago now! These days I'm in New Orleans a couple of times a year and I always make time to go get a Muffuletta. Obviously the original is the best ... but you gotta LOVE olives and Italian spices. The pickled olives and other pickled veggies may be too intense for the kids. I always get one to go and take it across the street to the river front and enjoy the sandwich and the view. Try to go on a weekday because on weekends or during festivals you'll wait in a long line.
Written 7 June 2021
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California_momofsix
1123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
When we visited New Orleans during the pandemic, naturally many places were closed or didn't resemble what we had come to expect. We were so excited to find Central Grocery open at lunch time! There was even a small indoor eating area available which allowed us to eat in air conditioned comfort. The store is very clean, we felt completely safe. Staff were so friendly. We shared a Muffaletta sandwich and it was fresh and delicious, highly recommend. The sandwich was really large, enough to feed several people. The place is worth walking into just for the smell--reminded me of the stores I knew growing up in Europe.
Written 14 October 2020
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Brad B
Rockville315 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
If you want a real Muffuletta, step up to the counter and order the original. We split 1/2 sandwich and it was plenty. The sandwich is stacked high with plenty of meat and a delicious olive salad. Yum. We visit Central Grocery every trip to New Orleans. Take your sandwich to Jackson Square and people watch as you eat.
Written 6 March 2020
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Janis H-P
Ocala3965 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
We heard about the awesome muffuletta sandwiches so we, with friends, ordered them on 'the net'. They arrived at our home (in Ocala, FL) the day after the order was processed. Our sandwiches were in an insulated bag with blocks of black ice that kept the sandwiches cold and fresh. The sandwiches have a positive reputation that is well dissevered. Per the present owner...the recipe is 100 years old that was (is) a recipe of his grandfathers. Wow...yummy.
Written 28 October 2020
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Jeremy V
Sioux Falls84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 family
The world-famous Muffuletta was decent but expensive. My family members do not like olives, so I requested the olive salad on the side (they were happy to do so). The smell of the grocery/deli was so incredibly strong (olive) that everyone had a negative opinion before we started. We bought the full-round with extra meat (there is a special name for this). I think it was $30 for the sandwich. It tasted like a slightly better version of a subway sandwich. It was worth a try as a Midwesterner, because when you’re in New Orleans you have to try all the local foods. Of all the native foods we had, this was probably my least favorite.
Written 10 January 2021
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tnk9581
Fond du Lac135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
We didn’t know what to expect. We really liked the muffuletta I had no idea how big they were. My husband and I were going to share one so I ordered 1 not knowing, 1 would serve 4-6 people!! Needless to say, we enjoyed it for a few meals!! Most of the tour guides we encountered all agreed Central Grocery made the best Muffelatta.
Written 12 March 2020
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Bradley G
Los Angeles46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
During our recent week in NOLA, I had a couple of po boys and they were good but not in the same league with the muffuletta I got from Central Grocery. I really didn't know what I was ordering and the woman behind the counter (who made me feel very welcome) suggested a half sandwich. I took the sandwich to Jackson Square and sat on a bench in perfect weather. Half of a half was more than enough and I had the other half of a half the next day. This was the best sandwich I have ever eaten; better than any po boy, hoagie, or sub.
Written 18 May 2021
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Nancy McHale
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
If you want lunch, go for muffaletta at Central Grocery but, for dessert or a sweet treat, beneits and cafe au lait (or hot chocolate) cafe dumond can't be beat . If you're having a sweet tooth craving, pecan pralines come one at a time or boxes of a dozen or more and carry on planes much better than other local favorites. This is a plus not instead of the other two items being reviewed. NOLA has great food in any category.
Written 27 July 2021
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Middy12
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 friends
I barely walked into Sidney's before the rudeness began. Clearly the guys at Sidney's do not want to sell the muffuletta. So why do they do it then? I missed the sign at the front of the store and looked for the muffuletta in the refrigerated section like they are at Moisant Market at the airport. I was asked what was I looking for -- but minus any Southern hospitality. Perhaps there was a smidgen of reason to be rude to me because I didn't see the sign, but then a pair of ladies came into the store and didn't get two steps in before getting the same attitude. So, it doesn't matter who you are just wanting a muffuletta at Sidney's is a problem apparently. If you're flying into New Orleans, the muffuletta is slightly more expensive to buy at Moisant Market at the airport but the price difference is worth paying for better customer service.
Written 7 June 2023
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KeKeGram
Warren374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
First day we were in NOLA I purchased a half muffuletta and it was enough for two meals. The bread was super fresh, the olive salad is very tasty (especially if you like olives), the amount of meat and cheeses was just enough to make the perfect sandwich. It was so good that, while we were there for the week, I stopped in and purchased another half. Before we left I purchased whole to bring home. It was wrapped very well and traveled very well in my carryon bag on the airplane. I also got two 16oz. jars of olive salad to bring home. They offer jars already wrapped in bubble wrap and boxed, but I just asked for some bubble wrap and wrapped them myself and put them in plastic bags in my suitcase. I packed them with my clothes and they traveled just fine. The prices I paid (before tax) in December 2020: half $11.95, whole $20.95, 16oz. jar of olive salad $7.95 - in my opinion it was well worth it!
Written 17 January 2021
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