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Best known for its Muffuletta (which has been featured on the PBS special, "Sandwiches You Will Like"), this Italian deli-grocer has been owned by the same family since it opened in 1906. For the uninitiated, this is the place to acquaint yourself with the classic Muffuletta, a massive round loaf stuffed with Italian meats, cheeses, olives, and more. Central Grocery has become more of a grocer than a deli over the years (the Muffuletta is the only sandwich you can order prepared) and offers towering shelves of imported goodies from Italy, Syria, Greece and Sicily.
Armed with inspiration from old-world meat markets, Chef Donald Link and partners Stephen Stryjewski and Warren Stephen opened Cochon Butcher in the Warehouse District. This casual eatery offers diners a menu of sandwiches concocted from combinations of freshly butchered and house-made meats. Specialties include the Cochon Muffaletta made from house-made meats, provolone cheese, pickled peppers, and olives, as well as The Gambino piled high with salami cotto, coppa, sporessata and fresh herb vinaigrette. Patrons can also select small plates from the restaurant's bar food menu. Small plate options include Truffled Mac 'n' Cheese, Duck Sliders, and Marinated Brussels Sprouts.
The graffiti-covered exterior of this quaint restaurant is sure to catch your attention while strolling on the Jackson Avenue. As you step inside, you are welcomed into a disarmingly simple setting where pleasingly compensates for the lack of frills. At Jackson Turkey and the Wolf, sandwiches take center stage with options like the lemony yogurt infused lamb neck roti and the smoked ham laden Virginia french roll waiting to delight your palate. Cocktails such as the interesting blue curaçao and coconut milk concoction and the Julie And Candy quench your thirst and complement every item on the menu. If you have arrived with kids, the cute animal-shaped table numbers are sure to fancy them along with the limited but delicious selection of desserts served here.
This New Orleans institution has such a wide-reaching reputation that even President Obama has sampled its offerings. Come here to get your hands around a poor boy (or po'boy) sandwich, a Louisiana traditional submarine sandwich. The sandwiches come in all varieties, from barbecued beef and charbroiled hamburger to grilled shrimp and oven-cooked turkey. Whatever you try, it's sure to be uniquely delicious.