Muffaletta on a Monday?
I have been travelling to New Orleans approx. once or twice a year simply to get some good chow.
Traditionally, I stop at Central Grocery the AM of my return flight and pick up 4 or 5 whole muffaletta's for me to carry on the plane. My wife and I split one on the plane and drop off half muffalettas for all of our friends. It has been a tradition enjoyed by everyone!
Well... I am flying home on Monday, April 16 and I have discovered that Central Grocery is now closed on Sunday's and Mondays. So -- is there anywhere else I can pickup up muffaletta's that wont be a disappointment?
In my humble opinion, there is no comparison to Central...not even close. But in the spirit of helping you out...Napoleon House or Frank's.
Can you get to Old Metairie...because the second best in the city is in an Italian grocery store off Metairie Rd....
Or you could use this trip to bring back different foods....Tee-Eva's (has a website)....Aunt Sally's pralines
Central Grocery stopped serving good muffelettas years ago. They now serve a big hunk of bread with almost no filling inside. Do some exploration around town to try some other versions. If you like Central Grocery's version, you will probably find several others that you will enjoy even more.
All chowhounders must be alike, we do the same. Start a revolution of muffalletta eaters on the plane. I know people have been jeolous of us over the years - eating our muffalettas as we ascend into the sky. :-) Central Grocer should really consider setting up a small stand at the airport - first thing we eat coming in, last thing we eat leaving - works for me.
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Buy Boscoli olive salad and make your own. Wal-mart and Target carry Boscoli in some places. We use Boscoli asparagus for Bloody Marys instead of celery too.