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What's the best pork roll?

Goldendog Sep 26, 2008 07:59 AM

I hear the accolades of Bruce Williams every night about his love of pork roll and the fact that his mail order company sells all 3 companies. I live in northern Michigan and have never been near New Jersey but from his description it sounds like something I would like. I see there are the three manufacturers---Case, Taylor, and Loeffler. Could some natives tell me the differences, preferences, "Consumer Reports"?

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    food kitten RE: Goldendog Sep 26, 2008 10:23 AM

    Taylor - definitely. But I've never had or heard of Loeffler....I could be missing out!
    Fry it up and serve on a kaiser roll with egg and cheese - nothing finer for breakfast after a night of drinking!

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      harrison RE: food kitten Sep 26, 2008 11:47 AM

      Taylor. For me, it's one of those brand names that becomes the product - like Band-Aid!

      Taylor ham egg and cheese on a roll. I think I ate it daily from 15-18 on the way to school.

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        bobfxd RE: harrison Sep 26, 2008 12:22 PM

        Taylor is the best,Case is a close second,Loeffler is a poor imatation.

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      janniecooks RE: Goldendog Sep 27, 2008 05:56 AM

      According to my spouse, raised in the jersey area, Taylor is it. He's made it a few times, and frankly I don't get its appeal. Looks and tastes like plain old baloney to me. I always pass, he loves it, probably now as an adult more for the nostalgia than anything else.

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        1. ChrisOC RE: Goldendog Sep 27, 2008 06:11 AM

          I would vote for Taylor as well.

          1. MGZ RE: Goldendog Sep 27, 2008 07:22 AM

            Ahhh . . . a topic dear to my heart!

            Having grown up at the Shore, I must disagree with most of you. I submit that Trenton Brand pork roll is the best! At least in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, it is the brand you will find in most delis. (Brennan's in Rumson was noted as one of the best sandwiches in the nation by Esquire earlier this year. The Seabreeze in Spring Lake Heights may be even better though.)

            Also, around here, it's a Hard Roll.

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              Passadumkeg RE: MGZ Sep 27, 2008 07:29 AM

              Where else but NJ can can one find an on line list of the Top 10 Restaurants (Diners?) serving Pork Roll Sandwiches!

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                MGZ RE: Passadumkeg Sep 27, 2008 07:48 AM



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                  Passadumkeg RE: MGZ Sep 27, 2008 07:57 AM

                  There's a site that lists the top 10 places that serve pork roll sandwiches in New Jersey!
                  I bring back a large roll of Taylors every visit.

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                    MGZ RE: Passadumkeg Sep 27, 2008 08:14 AM

                    I must find it!

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                grampart RE: MGZ Sep 27, 2008 08:57 AM

                Trenton Brand is made by Taylor. It may be a tad milder.

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                  MGZ RE: grampart Sep 28, 2008 08:07 AM

                  I believe it says it is the mild version right on the wrapping.

              3. Boccone Dolce RE: Goldendog Sep 27, 2008 07:57 AM

                Taylor Ham! Is there any other kind?!? ;o)

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                  Sinicle RE: Goldendog Sep 27, 2008 01:09 PM

                  Ah! the memories. As a child we visited Atlantic CIty for the beach and boardwalk ( wayyy before gambling). The real treat were the Taylor Pork Roll stores on the Boardwalk. Flame-kissed pork roll served hot on a roll while sitting at the little rustic wood tables with my grandparents. The best pork roll is truly the treat I had those many years ago.

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                    adamshoe RE: Goldendog Sep 27, 2008 04:22 PM

                    Yep, another former Jerseyan votes for Taylor pork roll (Which is NOT the same as Taylor Ham). Mmmm...salty, fatty, hang-over curing goodness.

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                      bobfxd RE: adamshoe Sep 28, 2008 05:21 AM

                      OK-then what is Taylor ham?

                    2. ChrisOC RE: Goldendog Sep 28, 2008 06:16 AM

                      Taylor Pork Roll is Taylor Ham, if you are in North Jersey

                      1. grampart RE: Goldendog Sep 28, 2008 08:16 AM

                        There's quite a lengthy discussion of pork roll over here. http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic....

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