From my recent solo travel to New Orleans: On Sunday, after my Katrina tour, I had planned to go to the Napoleon House for lunch so I could try their legendary Pimm’s Cup and a muffaletta. I got there, and it was closed. (I wasn’t the only potential customer who was surprised and disappointed by this.) Undeterred in my quest to try a muffaletta, I walked up to Bourbon Street and went to Arnaud’s Remoulade.
Remoulade is a good, casual, inexpensive restaurant right in the middle of the action on Bourbon Street. It has a bar on the left as you enter, and a more diner-like counter on the right, and tables all through the place. I sat at the counter on the right and quickly ordered a muffaletta (my first). On this particular day, the several televisions throughout the restaurant were all tuned in to the Saints football game. I am not a football fan, so I didn’t follow it, but I smiled at the periodic cheers that went up from the group whenever the Saints prevailed.
What did I think of the muffaletta? Since I have no basis for comparison, I have no idea how it stacks up to others in town. But I liked it. I enjoyed the olive salad that covered the cold cuts and the bread was not too hard or too soft. It wasn’t too big for me, which is saying a lot, since I’m a light eater. I ate the whole thing. It cost $10, which seems a little high to me for a sandwich, but I was pretty hungry, I wasn’t going to shop around. There were cheaper food items on the extensive menu, but I had my heart set on trying that muffaletta. The only negative I have is that the toothpick holding part of the sandwich together had broken off in the sandwich, and I nearly swallowed it. Whew–that was a close call. Also, my server was not as attentive as he could have been, but I’m quite sure that was because of the football game. It wasn’t that big a deal to me. I would definitely eat here again, mainly for the prices and variety of food offered.
If you’re looking for a quick, cheap bite to eat in the French Quarter, give Remoulade a try. Located at 309 Bourbon Street, it’s open 7 days a week from 11:30 am to midnight.