One can eat a lot and cheaply in New Orleans, and we did some of that, but we also tried some of the city's finer restaurants since it has become famous for fine chefs who have reinvented uses for crawfish, sausage, rice and beans, hot sauce, and pork. Best sandwich (or Po'boy, as they are known), hands down, was the Cochon de Lait at Cafe Amélie, whose beautiful courtyard only increases the pleasure of the meal. Basically a pulled pork sandwich, the Cochon de Lait Po'boy is served on a perfectly toasted, freshly-baked roll with a spicy and creamy sauce, interspersed with pickles that cut that heat just the right amount. Another New Orleans standard is the muffuletta, which is basically like the Italian sub sandwiches of my youth, only larger, and with a healthy dose of olives and dressing. The "original" can be had at the Central Grocery on Decatur Street in the heart of the French Quarter.
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