Believe it or not, our last day in New Orleans I actually woke up hungry lol. So I was happy to find out that we would all have one last bite before we headed to the airport to catch our flight back to NYC. Spiderman was intent on getting his muffuletta. You’ll see what it is a bit later but it’s a sandwich unique and signature to New Orleans. I’ve seen Emeril make it on Food Network and I have to say, it’s a pretty tasty looking sammy.
Apparently Pierre Maspero makes the best muffuletta so that is where we went! Poor Cookie Monster…he was so surprised and shocked (even dismayed) we were eating again lolol.
The native NO person that recommended the muffuletta said Pierre Maspero’s sandwich contained at least 2 inches worth of meat…that just didn’t sound appetizing to me first thing in the morning….so I got a po boy.
Ok… not totally traditional as it was not fried but I got the blackened catfish po boy. (option of fries or coleslaw)
Sandwich was HUGE. I did not know how to tackle this monster. It was a bit bready too so I ended up cutting the hoagie in half and then stuffing as much catfish in to that half of bread…..it was ok. It was fresh catfish but nothing to write home about.
Half Hopi got the fried shrimp po boy and fared much better (the batter was tasty):
They definitely do not skimp on the filling.
Cookie Monster must have felt left out because he got the crabcake appetizer (he had declared that he was not going to eat anything).
Now… the muffuletta…..this was, in my honest opinion, the best of all. I really wish I got it because it really wasn’t THAT stuffed with meat. (I had literally imagined a Katz’s sandwich thickness)
So what is a muffuletta?
From Wikipedia….”A traditional muffuletta consists of one muffuletta loaf, split horizontally. The loaf is then covered with a marinated olive salad, then layers of capicola, salami, pepperoni, emmentaler, ham and provolone. Although some restaurants will do their own take on these ingredients, a proper muffuletta must always have an olive spread and never contains cream cheese.” And this was delicious. The sandwich was so soft and warm. The meat’s richness was cut by the briny olive salad…I really really liked this. I love a good Italian sub and this is pretty much the same thing with an olive salad.
So that was the end of our eatfest of New Orleans. And eat we did. Plenty of it. Finally with our stomachs having nothing more to give, the four of us headed (or waddled) to the airport to catch our flights back home and put ourselves immediately on a stop order of food. heh.
The Original Pierre Maspero’s Restaurant, 440 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA