The atmosphere in an authentic deli is truly unique. The friendly, down-home feel hits guests right as they walk in the front door as the aroma of freshly-made meals, produce, and specialty meats fills the air. Local and imported products can be chosen from, giving guests not only the option of eat-in or take-home, but also a variety of choices in world flavors. Here are the 10 best delis in Louisiana where you can find all you need and more.
Offering traditional and specialty sandwiches, this Jewish and Italian deli is located in the beautiful Lower Garden District in New Orleans. A variety of cured meats and salamis along with over 50 cheeses from around the world can also be found at this well-known place. Oh yeah, they serve breakfast all day with breakfast sandwiches all made on authentic Davidovich bagels straight from New York! Some of the specialties include The Mumbler that has imported prosciutto, arugula, aged balsamic vinegar, and Taleggio on ciabatta bread. Try the Southern Animal Foundation for a turkey and Nueske’s bacon delight or a simple Reuben if you are looking for a classic. If you get thirsty after your meal there is beer and specialty drinks sold in the store!
This market, deli, and catering shop in the Red Stick sure have a reputation for consistent flavor. They provide premium quality gourmet foods like prime quality and choice meats, same-day seafood, top epicurean delights, and a deli menu that is top notch. Serving up sandwiches, salads, po’boys, sides, and more this deli has something for everyone. The Cajun chicken is served on hot French bread with sliced grilled chicken, Monterrey Jack cheese, grilled onions, and creole mustard. Still, the shrimp salad sandwich, smoked salmon sandwich and fried popcorn shrimp basket are some of the seafood favorites. Stop in with the entire family to pick a meal in-store or on the go!
Describing themselves as “The Best New York Deli in New Orleans,” this shop located right outside the city in Metairie serves up loads of fresh sandwiches, sliced meats, Shabbos, and grocery items daily. Specialty sandwiches include the Rachel that has turkey breast on toasted rye, with Russian dressing and sauerkraut. New Orleans favorites like chicken & sausage jambalaya, red beans & rice, and a kosher shrimp po’boy make for some native treats. Side items include many foods not typically found in the south like New York knish, potato latkes with apple sauce, and bowties & kasha. Check out their many grocery items, such as gefilte fish and New York challah, for other hard-to-find items in the region.
This neighborhood deli specializes in house-made meats, pickles, condiments, and sides. Being a sandwich shop and charcuterie as well, City Pork has been essential to the Baton Rouge community in recent years. The idea was inspired by old world markets with a handcrafted approach and has grown into a great-tasting, made-from-scratch entity. The brisket sandwich is Cajun-smoked with horseradish cream, pickled onions, and sweet pickles on brioche. Though some sides like the mac & cheese is truly mouth watering. If you’re looking on the lighter side of things, try the pickled shrimp salad that comes with fire roasted peppers, cucumber, tomato, and smoked tomato dressing. This deli puts a unique south Louisiana spin on their home-crafted menu.
This deli in Lafayette serves up pre-packaged fine meats. Everything is made in-house and fresh. Some of the meats included are boudin, pulled pork, brisket, sausages, and much more! Other meals are also served up with such interesting choices as venison egg rolls, venison pot pies, and venison burritos. Better yet, Chadley’s also does game processing by appointment. Bring your hunt over to Chadley’s and they’ll make it right for ya!
This Shreveport icon has been open in 1927 as the city’s first imported food store. The small Italian deli and sandwich shop is known all around town for their signature sandwich the Muffy that was created by Papa Fertitta over 50 years ago. Savory mustard, different types of cold cuts, varieties of cheeses, and Papa Fertitta’s Olive Mix all combine to create this famous sandwich. Also sold on the menu are specialty sandwiches like the Gondolier with meatballs, The Gladiator, and Pronto Pizza, which is another original creation of the Fertitta family. Now listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, Fertitta’s Delicatessen is open on weekdays between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This conveniently located market and deli in the south west Louisiana city of Lake Charles has established a fine reputation even though they are relatively new to the scene. Customers rave about how many of their top-quality meats come straight from Chicago, while the fresh salad bar and organic produce come straight from local establishment Inglewood Farm. Acadiana coffees make up more regional products along with the many more local favorites. Grab a real Chicago dog or brat, grab a cold drink, and enjoy shopping for great local products. Wine and beer will be available soon.
Having three main sections of their menu, this deli serves up tons of fresh, seafood favorites on overstuffed po’boys, boats & platters, and large salads. They are especially known for their shrimp po’boy though the crab patty and crawfish tails overstuffed po’boys are some of the more adventurous ones to try. Boats and platters come with fries or tots, side salad, and a roll with the daily lunch special served as well. Salads are made with fresh greens, tomato, eggs, shredded cheese and a choice of five different dressings. Try the Cajun salad that has both fried shrimp and crawfish! If you’re not into seafood there are lots of great items like a simple cheeseburger, grilled chicken salad, or chicken finger platter that are also available for purchase.
This establishment truly has everything a deli can provide. Pick up some of their specialty meats to cook at home. The homemade pork and Italian sausage goes perfectly with the homemade tomato sauce sold in quart or gallon sizes. Though if you don’t feel like preparing the food yourself the restaurant serves up a huge menu of quality cooked items five days a week with dinner hours on Thursday and Friday! Some of the favorites include the fried fish, surf & turf burger, jalapeno chicken wrap, and bread pudding with rum sauce. Catering is available for lunches or dinners. Call in today and simply pick up your order!
Serving the Greater New Orleans area since 1983, Spitale’s is open Monday-Saturday during the day. The family owned deli has quite a restaurant menu packed full of po’boys, hot lunches, salads, and sides. The Heart Healthy Menu includes six different sandwiches such as the healthy grilled shrimp and healthy mustard turkey. Po’boys range from Italian classics like veal parmesan to New Orleans favorites like the fried oyster. Daily specials like the hamburger steak & mashed potatoes or Italian sausage & spaghetti are an incredible bang for your buck along with the daily seafood specials. The menu is truly so vast you have to see for yourself! The catering menu is also available online taking care of all your party foods with just one phone call.