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Stale muffaleta at Central Grocery

I went by Central Grocery last Thursday morning about 10:00AM and purchased three muffaleta's (not for sure what the plural of muffaleta is) to bring back home to Kentucky. I had an ice chest. I got about two hours out of time and decided a fourth of a muffaleta would be good for lunch. So I pulled into a rest area and got one of them out of the cooler. The bread was STALE, so I tried another with the same result along with the third one with the same result. This experience makes me think that I got leftovers from the previous day.

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  1. I hope you did not throw them out. I take older ones and toast them. Some I'll eat warm, others I cool off. There is a raging debate over the "proper" temperature for an "authentic" muff.

    1. I did trash them. I like fresh bread. We have a deli in my home town that serves them "hot" and I personally like them "cold". Of course, the ones severed in my home town aren't nearly as good at the Central muffs. I have tried several places for muffs in NOLA and I always come back to Central and I will go back there next time, but, I'll make my purchase later. With the attitude the owners have I know I would be wasting my breath asking for "fresh bread".

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      1. re: bg1811

        Well, I'm n record as having trouble with CG for years...although not to the point that I abandon them. There is ot enough stuffing anymore and hasn't been for thirty years. But the olive salad has held up well. Still, it is not haute cuisine. Well, give them another shot. Things are wildly variable.

      2. I walked out of CG many years ago... never to return!

        1. I think your problem is that you put them in a cooler. I think the CG muff is much better after sitting at room temp for at least five hours after purchase. Any time you refrigerate bread you're going to stale it. Everything on the sandwich is cured/brined/smoked, so I advise out of towners to pack in luggage/carry-on and consume upon arrival home since there's minimal risk of FBI. Chilled bread=stale bread.

          1. Another option would be to take the innards out and keep them cool, but pack the bread separately.
            I've eaten CG muffs hours after purchase on the plane on the way home, still great, but didn't even try to keep them cool.

            1. I did have them in a sealed plastic baggy. I still think I got day old bread. The best suggestion from hazelhurst is that I should have kept them and put them my George Forman grill and turned them into Cubans. Central is still at the top of my list. In 1965 I lived at 1230 Royal Street when I first got out of college. I ate a lot of muffs and I think the price was $1.25. I was working for a CPA firm, Campbell, Glade and Levy at 2218 Canal and was making the grand sum of $6,000 per year. I would ride the bus up Bourbon and then take a Cemeteries car to work. I drove by the 2218 address this past week and the building is gone. I think the location is part of the new VA Hospital. I should stop typing, this is way off the subject of muffs :-D

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              1. re: bg1811

                Sorry you got stale bread. Since Katrina, the Central Gro muff hasn't been the same (to me). It used to be made on United Bakery bread, but K killed off the United Bakery. It is hard to find decent seeded muffelatta bread....most are too squishy/soft without the proper chew.

              2. Despite a number of trips to NOLA in the last year and half, I had my first CG muffaleta for the first time last week. And I had the same experience as you with the stale bread. Was mostly underwhelmed and didn't see why people put the CG muffaleta on their NOLA best of lists. The sandwich did hold up okay the next day (maybe the staleness is on purpose? so the bread doesn't get soggy?). But in a city where I've had some amazing bread, this one was a disappointment.

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                1. re: nnk

                  I, for one, am pleased to hear you've had amazing bread here. Apart from some boutique places, I think we've suffered terribly in the last thirty years from loss of many local stalwarts. Hungry Celeste pointed out, supra, the end of United Bakery and Gendusa's was also lost(their muff bread was excellent) ,..well, the list is depressing.

                  But I am glad you had good stuff. There's hope.

                2. Next time in NOLA try the Napoleon House in the FQ- IMO best muff. in the city!