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Nov 7, 2008 02:24 AM

"Rules" at Central Grocery

I was reading another thread on a different board about restaurants with rules, and Bill Hunt referred to the unwritten rules at Central Grocery when ordering a muffaleta. He said that if you don't know the rules you will be bumped out of the line without a sandwich!
We are planning our first trip to NO next month and are quite looking forward to a muffaleta from Central Grocery. If anyone could fill us in on the rules, we'd greatly appreciate it!!

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  1. Well Bill Hunt, what did you say?

    1. So Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi" moved to NOLA post-K???

      If there are "rules," no one ever told us, and the only times we've ever left without a sandwich is when a) they ran out, and b) they were closed.

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      1. re: zin1953

        Thanks for the response. Like I said, I read it on another thread on the "not about food" board, and wanted to make sure we weren't denied the muffaleta that you are all endorsing so highly!

        1. re: sibeats

          I agree with zin1953. I am not aware of "rules" at Central Grocer .nor of the rude behavior described below.

          By the way this is Mr. Hunts claim
          "Central Grocery in New Orleans has ... "rules," though most are not written anywhere. When ordering your muffaletta sandwich, you're expected to just know them, or you will be forced out of line with no sandwich, and everyone in line will laugh at you and quickly close ranks."


          1. re: speyerer

            Given that the menu options are fairly limited I'm guessing the rules refers to knowing what you want when it's your turn to order.

            1. re: speyerer

              The "rules" that I was refering to are knowing that there are no substitutions and not asking for any - knowing exactly what you'll get and not having a discussion on options (the proprietors are not there to have a conversation, just serve the sandwiches) -knowing what beverage you want beforehand and not changing your mind - having your payment ready and not fumbling for the money. Keep the line moving and do not be surprised if the beverage you ask for is not "available," but then you see someone else, later, getting that same beverage.

              Not so hard-n-fast, as in the other thread, and much of it is just common sense, though if the line stops, because of you, things will likely get almost rude - not "soup Nazi rude," but the patrons are expected to have everything in order, before they get to the counter.

              Hope that this clarifies my statements better, If not, you can hit me with a cold muffaletta!


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Bill, Thanks for the response, was hoping you'd see this and chime in. Just want to make sure we get that muffaleta!

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  The folks at the late Progress Grocery gladly put an extra spoonful or two of oil on my muff bread....

                  I hate to hand money to people who are sneering at me.

                  1. re: JerseyNOLA

                    I miss Progress. Central makes a good muff, but Progress did it better.

            2. re: zin1953

              Anything Central Grocery does to turn off customers is no surprise to me. I've always known it as a place that should have a sign outside reading "Service With a Smirk."

              1. re: Honore Melmoth

                I don't recall ever having "service with a smile" at Central Grocery. But I hardly notice, because the muff is sooooo good. I have not been able to find a muff that hits the spot like the Central Grocery muffaletta.

            3. They could b%&ch slap me and I'd still go back for that sandwich. Wow!

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              1. re: Cameraman

                LOL. I couldn't have said it better than Camerman!

              2. it's not liket that at all- get in line, ask for your sandwich and pay the cashier- then enjoy

                1. I never had any trouble asking for a muffelatta with no meat, although they are always surprised. Thank you.

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