Often pronounced "moof-a-LOT-a" by locals, this thick deli sandwich was invented in the 1930s by Salvatore Tusa at the Central Grocery on Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The original recipe is piled with Italian sandwich meats, spices, and olive relish, all served on 8-inch round bread. If you're dining alone, you really ought to order the half sandwich size (unless you typically have the appetite of someone eating their first meal out of prison), since the last thing you want to be carrying around the hot, swampy French Quarter is half an oily sandwich you couldn't finish. Not only copied by other New Orleans delis, the muffaletta was also the inspiration for Schlotzsky's, an international sandwich franchise started in Austin, Texas.