440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.955674 -90.065219
Neighborhoods: French Quarter - CBD, French Quarter
Horrible! – My husband wanted to have a Muffaletta We were walking through the French Quarter and figured "a muffaletta was a mufaletta". Boy was I wrong. As someone else commented, there was a lack of help. We were starving and when someone finally did take our order and we received our food, I wished I would have kept walking......... I ordered a side salad ($8?? lettuce- iceberg, two tomato wedges and two cucumber slices) and a cup of gumbo ($5.95 CUP NOT BOWL) My husband got his sandwich which was about three thinly sliced coldcuts on bread for TWELVE DOLLARS! Really! Seriously!! I guess my advice would be KEEP ON WALKING and go to Centro Grocery for a REAL muffaletta. PS - I did not want to give any stars but they made me......
Little food for a lot of dollars. – I ate here while visiting the French quarter. I decided to get the “Pasta Pierre”, which is a fettuccini with crawfish. Although the food was decent the amount of food I got was a joke; it looked like a big appetizer. When I’m paying 16 dollar for pasta, not including taxes, I expect to get a decent amount of food and not a tragic little kid’s serving. There was no bread or salad either. I walked out of there feeling ripped off and ended up buying a slice of pizza on Bourbon Street later as I still was hungry . So, unless you’re a kid or a midget who just had a gastric bypass avoid this place at all cost, you’ll still be hungry when you walk out of there.
Overprized – We ate there (3 persons, three different orders) on December 22nd during a 3 days stay in New Orleans. Looking for restaurant we did not frequent before, we chose The Original Maspero's. We will not again. The food was overprized, overcooked and much too salty. Next time we will stick to our old choices and enjoy.
Just O.K. – I'm a local New Orleanian, born and raised. Believe-it-or-not, I tried this place for lunch for the first time the other day. Not at all what I expected in such a well-known New Orleans restaurant. I ordered a muffaletta, which trust me, I KNOW a good muffaletta. This was NOT a good muffaletta! First of all there was American cheese on it, STRIKE 1! Everyone from New Orleans knows that American cheese does not belong on a muffaletta. The olive salad was way too greasy and was on the bottom of the plate which of course made the bottom of the bread soggy (which by the way was not toasted properly), STRIKE 2! For $9, all I got was a muffaletta the size of a hamburger, STRIKE 3!
Service, well, was pretty poor. On the outside of the building, by the menu, there's a letter explaining how pre-Katrina they had 20-30 employees, and how now they only have 9, and how they are only serving a "limited" menu... BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. Guys, it's a year and a half after Katrina, your restaurant was full, and there were only 2 servers and one bartender, COME ON! That's a lame excuse. You need to focus more on hiring good employees and training them properly. Our iced tea (with maybe 3 cubes of ice) was never refilled. It took about 15 minutes to even get our check, then once the server took our payment, it took another 15 minutes??? NO GOOD!
Oh, and they keep all of the windows and doors open (which is pretty typical of a French Quarter Restaurant), except there was a stinky garbage can out on the street that was smelling up the place while people were trying to eat, YUCK! I wonder how many tourists come into this great city and eat at The Original Cafe Maspero's and think this is how our food tastes. I can only hope not many.
Way too many other GOOD places within walking distance. Sorry The Original Cafe Maspero's!
Historic setting and regional dishes. – In Short
Located on a busy French Quarter corner across the street from the perpetually under-renovation courthouse is the Original Pierre Maspero's. It is said that slaves were sold from the balcony here during the height of the city's brief slave trade. The restaurant is on the ground floor of one of the city's oldest buildings, dating from 1788; the menu claims that Andrew Jackson planned from here the defense of the Battle of New Orleans, in which he led American troops to victory over British soldiers. All this is meant to say that diners generally come here for historical reasons, not for the rather typical, tourist-oriented menu that features such dishes as red beans and rice, jambalaya, shrimp Creole and fried seafood.
Overpriced but Quaint – This restaurant was noisy, but very quaint. The food was decent, but nothing remarkable and very overpriced for the fare. The blackened chicken portions were stingy and they ran out of catfish. Our waiter barely noticed us, but was oversolicitous to a group of more obvious tourists. The ladies bathroom was a total hole in the wall with no lock, and some guy nearly followed me in there.
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