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Jul 14, 2011 10:09 PM

Distilled vinegar in olive salad?

This is an obscure question, but I have faith that the Hounds here will have the answer!

Short version: does the olive salad at Central Grocery, Maspero's or Napoleon House have distilled vinegar in it?

Longer version: I'll be going to New Orleans and am dying to have a vegetarian muffuletta, as hotly debated here:

However - and here's where it gets obscure - I am catastrophically allergic to distilled vinegar. Every single other vinegar - red wine, balsamic, rice, whatever - is fine. It's just distilled vinegar that's a problem. Hence my question.

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. The only way ro be sure is to ask before ordering. All are in close proximity to one another. Move on to next venue if they use distilled.

    1 Reply
    1. re: JazzyB

      I agree. Viewing all the vinegars and vinegar contining products in my pantry (mostly hot sauce varieties) the only one that says distilled is the bottle of white distilled vinegar. However, all vinegars, no matter what their base, can be distilled.

      You need to ask.

    2. Central Grocery sells theirs by the jar at the counter, so there should be a list of ingredients right on the jar.

        1. re: Shiloh

          Thanks! That helps a ton. If it says "Vinegar" it's usually distilled.