Breakfast & Lunch: The Muffaletta @ Farmstead, St. Helena

Almost famous.

Only in New Orleans could a sandwich as glorious as the muffaletta take a backseat to the po-boy. In just about any other city in the United States, the muffaletta would certainly rank as a culinary claim-to-fame, earning a mention alongside the cheesesteaks of Philly or the towering deli pastramis of New York City. But even in the shadow of the more famous po-boy, the muffaletta of New Orleans boasts a loyal legion of followers (after all, one cannot exist on po-boys alone). With its roots at the Central Grocery in the French Quarter, the classic muffaletta features a round sesame roll, olive spread, a slice of provolone cheese and an assortment of Italian cured meats. It’s thought that the original muffaletta dates back about 100 years, and traditionally, these unusually large sandwiches were sold either as halves or quarter-slices.

At Farmstead, the muffaletta is scaled down to an individual portion, but in terms of flavor and execution, the St. Helena restaurant features an admirable version of the New Orleans classic. Even better, the sandwich comes with Farmstead’s roasted-then-fried new potatoes.

4 comments to Breakfast & Lunch: The Muffaletta @ Farmstead, St. Helena

  • You sure dine at the Farmstead quite a bit. Now I must try it too.

  • ThirstyReader

    I’m beginning to consider Farmstead as more of a lunch spot these days, though.

  • Napanew

    Just found this website and I am getting hungry (and very thirsty) just by reading your posts.
    I am about to try/visit Farmstead for first time. So it seems you recommend going for lunch instead of dinner on a weekday?

  • ThirstyReader

    Yeah, I feel that right now, Farmstead’s strength is lunch. Thanks for reading!

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