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Best Jersey "Sloppy Joe" sandwich?

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Curlz   

Yeah, except that it EASILY feeds 2 or 3 people!!! :biggrin:

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My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I made our first trip together from California to NYC about nine years ago. We were expected to join his family in Springfield NJ on New Year's morning for a small get-together. "Weah gonna have sloppies," says his mom. Ummm, honey, what's she talking about? "Sloppy joe's," he says. I'm thinking 'We're having sloppy joes for a holiday gathering?'

She still gets them from time to time, from Tabatchniks in Union. They're good if they're really really fresh, but they always seem to have been ordered so far in advance that they're rather unappetizing, and cold, arranged in their pyramid on the tray. The family devours them like locusts, though. To each his own, I suppose.

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Sfuffy   
but it looks like Town Hall Deli is THE place to get this type of SJ.

History of the Sloppy Joe

"Town Hall Deli in South Orange, N.J., ... a sandwich that to this day is called the original sloppy Joe: layers of ham, tongue and Swiss cheese topped with coleslaw and Russian dressing, served on long, thin slices of soft buttered rye bread and sliced into four squares ($16.45). "

$16.45? That's one expensive sandwich.

Ham? Cheese? Butter? on a Sloppy Joe? Never! :shock:

The Sloppy Joes we got from kosher and kosher-style delis (including the Tabatchnick's in Livingston, Vauxhall, & Fair Lawn; Eppes Essen in Livingston; & Petak's in Fair Lawn) when I was growing up were small sandwiches of tongue, corned beef, pastrami, or turkey with russian dressing and cole slaw. (Smokey Joes were small sandwiches with smoked fish.) They usually came on a platter and were generally found at family get-togethers including parties and, frequently, when sitting shiva.

A regular-sized sandwich containing similar ingredients was rarely called a Sloppy Joe but was more often referred to as a triple-decker.

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rlibkind   
The Sloppy Joes we got from kosher and kosher-style delis (including the Tabatchnick's in Livingston, Vauxhall, & Fair Lawn; Eppes Essen in Livingston; & Petak's in Fair Lawn) when I was growing up were small sandwiches of tongue, corned beef, pastrami, or turkey with russian dressing and cole slaw. (Smokey Joes were small sandwiches with smoked fish.) They usually came on a platter and were generally found at family get-togethers including parties and, frequently, when sitting shiva.

A regular-sized sandwich containing similar ingredients was rarely called a Sloppy Joe but was more often referred to as a triple-decker.

Stuffy's got it right. See my earlier post (only the delis I frequented in Elizabeth and Union called the triple deckers "combos").

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Rosie   

There was an article in the Star Ledger(Jan. 28) by Pete Genovese on Steve's Kosher Style Deli in Bayonne. Has anyone tried his Sloppy Joes?

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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:

Town Hall Deli on Eyewitness News

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.

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hitmanoo   

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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Dana329   

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!

Yum, should have stopped on my way to work this morning...heart attack on a roll!

Dana

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


Edited by richl2214 (log)

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

Wicker Basket

84 E Main St # B

Mendham, NJ 07945

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

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.

MSK

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Dana329   

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.

Dana

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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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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.

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

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Msk   
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.

Dana

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.

Msk

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Dana329   

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.

Dana

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Msk   
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.

Dana

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.

Msk

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irongut   

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.

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

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

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

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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