Tucked away in DTLA’s Chinatown is the grocery store and deli unlike any other in the neighborhood. It’s The Little Jewel of New Orleans. The market side is filled with all those funky food items that you buy in New Orleans and bring home as souvenirs to your friends and family. The deli though, is why you go to New Orleans in the first place… for the food and hospitality.
From sausages to desserts, this place serves up authentic Cajun cooking straight out of New Orleans. We checked it out for lunch the other day. We ordered the Muffuletta ($19) and the Fried Shrimp Po’boy ($14).
The muffuletta is a New Orleans Sicilian sandwich stuffed with Genoa salami, soppressata, hot capicola and mortadella meats, topped with provolone and mozzarella cheeses plus house-made olive salad on a sesame seed Leidenheimer loaf. It was huge. In fact, we ended up taking half of it home with us. If you are not a fan of green olives, this is not the sandwich for you. The olive spread really dominated the flavor.
Now, let’s talk about the po’boy. One word: Delicious. There’s really not more to say. It was so good. We scarfed that thing down.
There are a lot of items on the menu that I am excited to go back and try, and I just found out that The Little Jewel delivers. So if you work in DTLA and don’t have time to leave your office, I highly suggest you call them and place your order.
The Little Jewel of New Orleans 207 Ord Street (between Spring & New High) in Chinatown 213.620.0461