Eating a Take-Out Muffuletta on the Levee in New Orleans, Louisiana
The po' boys alone would put New Orleans on the map as one of the best sandwich cities in the world, but the mammoth muffuletta surely seals the deal. Central Grocery claims to have invented the sandwich in the early 20th century from a big round Sicilian roll, cheese, and the holy trinity of Italian-American cured meat: salami, capicola, and mortadella. But the x-factor here is the olive salad—olives, garlic, and finely chopped pickled vegetables swimming in olive oil. The collision of so many types of delicious fat in one handful of food makes the sum greater than the parts. Sandwich gestalt. Go early to avoid lines. Closed Sunday and Monday.