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Best Jersey "Sloppy Joe" sandwich?


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#31 Helena Robinson

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 09:48 AM

Found an article on the net describing the history of the Sloppy Joe.  Apparently, the owner of the Town Hall Deli in South Orange got his version from the mayor of Maplewood who had been to Cuba back in 1934, to a bar called "Sloppy Joe's".  There they made this sandwich with a skirt steak and tomato sauce.  Mr. Burdorf decided to make a less sloppy "Sloppy Joe".  Interesting stuff. Town Hall Deli says it takes a few months to train someone to make the sandwich properly. This recipe might be copied by some delis within a small radius, but it looks like Town Hall Deli is THE place to get this type of SJ.  It is basically unknown in Bergen County.   

History of the Sloppy Joe

The Town Hall Deli also made the Channel 7 news last year:

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It was also part of "Roker on the Road" on Food Network earlier this week. The segment also had the story of the sandwich's Cuban origin.

#32 hitmanoo

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 09:23 PM

Has the Town Hall Deli in South Orange reopened in its new location yet?

I'd heard they were moving to Valley St.
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#33 alembic54

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 10:03 PM

The Millburn Deli.........nothing else comes close

#34 Dana329

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 06:23 AM

Actually , its pretty ubiquitous at Northern Bergen county catered events, particularly by the Market Basket in Franklin Lakes (theirs are great!) Also Wilkes Deli on Forest Road in Mahway. All their specialty sandwiches are wonderful and they make an awesome bacon egg and cheese on a roll!
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#35 richl2214

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 07:22 AM

The only way I'd eat one of these is sans tongue. Gack!

Edited by richl2214, 09 March 2006 - 07:22 AM.

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#36 Peter Conway

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 11:40 AM

Where's everyones' favorite "Joe" sandwich?  I'm partial to the Turkey Joe from the Hickory Deli in Chatham.

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#37 Msk

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:08 AM

The Millburn Deli.........nothing else comes close

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Amen!

Since I grew up in Millburn I thought I loved ALL sloppy joes. However I never was able to find another that came close. When I lived in NYC I introduced people to them that would make the trek to the burbs just for that sandwich almost weekly.

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#38 Dana329

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 10:28 AM

Why the trip? When I lived in the city , I got turkey. coleslaw and Russian on rye at the 2nd ave. Deli . Different name, same sandwich.
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#39 NoviceFoodie

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 10:48 AM

My family has been getting them from the Lakeside Deli in Verona ever since I can remember - love them. Roast Beef, Turkey & Swiss (or Turkey, Ham & Swiss) with Coleslaw, Russian and a light layer of mustard on thinly sliced rye bread - one sandwich feed 2-3 people.

#40 Peter Conway

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 01:04 PM

My family has been getting them from the Lakeside Deli in Verona ever since I can remember - love them.  Roast Beef, Turkey & Swiss (or Turkey, Ham & Swiss) with Coleslaw, Russian and a light layer of mustard on thinly sliced rye bread - one sandwich feed 2-3 people.

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Lakeside is good, thanks for the reminder. I like that extra touch of a little mustard.
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#41 Msk

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 03:08 PM

Why the trip? When I lived in the city , I got turkey. coleslaw and Russian on rye at the 2nd ave. Deli .  Different name, same sandwich.
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This could be just my personal preferance, but I know too many people who agree (some even have sandwiches overnighted from the Millburn Deli all over the country).

This response is like saying Ground Beef, bun, cheese same sandwich why go anywhere other than McDonald's.

The Millburn Deli Slices their fresh Rye paper thin on a slicer. They make their own homemade russian dressing and cole slaw. I have had this sandwich at dozens of places over the years and no place ever comes close.

I guess if you pinned me down to what was the best aspect of it, its the Russian/Cole slaw combo. It combines perfectly to give you a creamy sloppy topping for the sandwich. I could (and have) eat a cup of their cole slaw with russian mixed in.

I have been going there for almost 25 years and it could just be what I think a sloppy joe should taste like. But it is DEFINETLY more than just a sandwich with russian and cole slaw.

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#42 Dana329

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 06:09 AM

As I mentioned earllier, I grew up eating great Sloppy JOe's in Bergen County,
and the sandwich at The 2nd Ave. Deli matched or beat it. They too used only the best ingredients and living in the city, I could get a satisfying fix without making a run to NJ.
Unfortuanately, the 2nd Ave. Deli is no more, and anyway I'm back in Bergen county, so I can still get a great Sloppy Joe without a road trip.

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#43 hitmanoo

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 08:14 AM

um... Any world on the Town Hall Deli??? :hmmm:
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#44 Msk

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 08:25 AM

As I mentioned earllier, I grew up eating great Sloppy JOe's in Bergen County,
and the sandwich at The 2nd Ave. Deli matched or beat it.  They too used only the best ingredients and living in the city, I could get a satisfying fix without making a run to NJ.
Unfortuanately, the 2nd Ave. Deli is no more, and anyway I'm back in Bergen county, so I can still get a great Sloppy Joe without a road trip.

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The 2nd Ave Deli was a great place may it RIP. I have had the sandwich you describe there and did enjoy it. However I preferred their turkey and chop liver.

Taking a 20-30 minute trip for a food fix of any kind is hardly out of the ordinary for eGullet members. Heck it would take me longer than that to get home from work when I lived in the city.

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#45 irongut

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 09:32 AM

I used to get a good Sloppy Joe @ The Campus Sub Shop on Irvington Ave. in South Orange. This place was a regular pit stop for Seton Hall Students.

#46 Curlz

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 10:02 AM

um... Any world on the Town Hall Deli???  :hmmm:

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A Google search turned up their web site, which has dated info, but a contact form. Likely your best bet for answers!
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#47 hitmanoo

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 10:05 AM

um... Any world on the Town Hall Deli???  :hmmm:

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A Google search turned up their web site, which has dated info, but a contact form. Likely your best bet for answers!

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Thanks... I saw the same dated web site. I suppose my best bet may be to take a drive over there.
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