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Looking for Muffaletta's in Orange county

kkuyper Feb 1, 2010 07:57 AM

Does anyone know where to get a good muffaletta in the Orange county area? My husband is from NOLA and we have not been able to find any!!!!

Thanks for your help!

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  1. OCAnn RE: kkuyper Feb 1, 2010 08:44 AM

    Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney has muffuletta poboys....


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      janetms383 RE: OCAnn Feb 1, 2010 09:06 AM

      have you tried it? Somehow, the concept of "poorboy" and "mufaletta" don't seem to go together. What I love about mufaletta is having a wedge cut from a toasty whole loaf sandwich.

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        OCAnn RE: janetms383 Feb 1, 2010 11:11 AM

        Nope, haven't tried it...and I agree that poboys & muffulettas somehow don't go together. If anything, b/c OC doesn't have a selection of food from NOLA, I thought it was a good starting point. Other option is to go to LA's 3rd St & Fairfax....

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          janetms383 RE: OCAnn Feb 2, 2010 01:09 PM

          where at the farmer's market? I looked at the menu for the Cajun restaurant and i didn't see it on there...............

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            OCAnn RE: janetms383 Feb 2, 2010 01:31 PM

            We ask for a muffuletta @ the Gumbo Pot and they've made it for us. Maybe the menu isn't current? I've noticed a handful of restaurants lately that have menu offerings different from what they show online....

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              janetms383 RE: OCAnn Feb 2, 2010 01:48 PM

              ha, the restaurant website didn't show it on the menu, but Sporq has the pic of the menu and i see it on there....

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      Burger Boy RE: kkuyper Feb 2, 2010 09:57 PM

      Here you go, Listen closely. First thing go to Sorrentos in Culver City, ask for the muffelatta mix in the glass jar. Get your salami, mortadella, ham and provolone from them also, sliced thin. Now here is where it gets interesting, Bay Cities has gread bread that works really well, I like it, it is not traditional but very good. Costco has these round loaves from LaBrea bakery called Italian rounds, I think, they are the closest thing you can get to a traditional loaf like Central Grocery. Cut bread in half and put Olive salad on both halves, layer on meat and cheese, wrap in foil and put in fridge over night. Next morning at 7Am take sandwiches out and let come to room temp. I like to let everything come together over night. The other option is make them early in the morning, wrap them and leave out. I sometimes will put them in the oven at 300 for 30 minutes and put a nice warm on them, not traditional but good in a different way. Enjoy

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        kkuyper RE: Burger Boy Feb 3, 2010 04:01 PM

        thank you!

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          Burger Boy RE: kkuyper Feb 3, 2010 05:32 PM

          Just do it Baby, it's the Super Bowl! Your welcome!

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            kkuyper RE: Burger Boy Feb 5, 2010 05:51 AM

            Who Dat ??

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          orythedog RE: Burger Boy Feb 4, 2010 02:26 PM

          BurgerBoy, you are one of the very few that knows what they are talking about. Just the fact that you mentioned Central Grocery in NO, and know that a muffaletta is about the bread AND the olive salad means you are for real.

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            Burger Boy RE: orythedog Feb 4, 2010 03:37 PM

            I loves mes some of da muffelatta. I fell in love with that sandwich the first time I went!

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            TravelPath RE: Burger Boy Feb 4, 2010 04:59 PM

            Just an FYI...The Gumbo Pot in the Farmers Market will sell their muffelatta bread (don't buy the completed muffelatta...its nasty!!) which is pretty close to Central Grocery and even closer to my favorite NOLA source, Nor-Joe's in Metairie...then follow Burger Boy's recipe and you will have some good eats. I like them warm, but others like them room temp

            Cajun Grocer ( cajungrocer.com) has a decent muffelatta "kit" for about $21...but I believe you can make a better one yourself. Another item they have are "real" NOLA po-boy rolls which they ship overnight frozen...I get them a few times a year to make oyster po-boys...dressed of course...they are really good and not too expensive!

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              kkuyper RE: TravelPath Feb 5, 2010 05:49 AM

              what Farmers Market?

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                Das Ubergeek RE: kkuyper Feb 5, 2010 08:20 AM

                Gumbo Pot is in the permanent Farmers' Market at 3rd and Fairfax.

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              mothrpoet RE: Burger Boy Apr 1, 2012 03:47 PM

              Great suggestion, and Claro's Italian Deli has good olive salad, bread and authentic coldcuts if you are in Tustin. But I also suggest that you dig out some of the bread so you can hold more of that lovely olive salad without it ending up on your shirt! This is in response to burgerboy's idea.

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                Midlife RE: mothrpoet Apr 1, 2012 06:26 PM

                Does Claro's make a real muffaletta? I know they make very good sandwiches and have most of the fixin's, but do they have the right bread?

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                  mothrpoet RE: Midlife Apr 1, 2012 08:00 PM

                  They don't make one, but their bread is the right chewiness and their ingredients are top notch.

            3. orythedog RE: kkuyper Feb 4, 2010 02:45 PM


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                7echo RE: kkuyper Mar 30, 2012 05:15 PM

                Not exactly OC, but sorta close, Jason's Deli in Moreno Valley has a darn fine one. It was recommended to me by a co-worker who is New Orleans born...he said that one of his family brought home a left-over half of a Jason's muff (they are huge), which coincided with relatives being in town from NO, and it was so good he thought the relatives brought it with them on the plane. It's served warm like Napoleon house. As for the Gumbo Pot, last time I was at Farmer's Market, I considered getting one until I saw someone else eating one and it looked nasty. If I'm not mistaken, the olive salad had Miracle Whip in it.....yuck! I've seen that in recipes, too....where that blasphemy started, I do not know.....probably up north somewhere....

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