The "Sloppy Joe" Sandwich???
[Moved from the Mid Atlantic Board]
I used to go to the Millburn Deli (NJ) and get a sloppy joe sandwich
every weekend (roast beef,turkey, or ham) I'm now up in
Boston and everyone has no idea what I am talking about.
Was this just a Millburn, NJ thing, or do other people
out there know what I am talking about?
I've heard it's a NNJ thing. Even us Central Jersey folks haven't heard of it unless we know someone from NNJ.
The sloppy joes I get at various Monmouth County "Jewish" style delis are different than as described by you. They are a 3 layer sandwich cut into a wedge consisting of corned beef, pastrami, cole slaw and russian dressing. So good.
Yeah, I think its a Jersey thing. Our office has had Sloppy Joe's FedEx'd in from Celebrity Deli in Edison. (Not such a good idea, the liquid in the sandwiches from the slaw makes them soggy overnight.)
They don't seem to have a web site anymore, but you can see a photo of one of their Sloppy Joe's here:
The Town Hall Deli in South Orange, NJ (which has been closed for the past year as it relocates around the corner) is said to be the originator/home of the sloppy joe. I'm sure if you google it, you'll get the whole store. But yeah, it's definitely regional to Essex County and the surrounding areas. In almost every other part of the world, sloppy joes are ground beef in a tomato-based sauce on a hamburger bun.