Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic!

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Food_Fan
Cheeseburger
2009/02/17 17:19:41
First a  question:
        Are these sandwiches made in any other state?

I grew up believing that a Sloppy Joe sandwich was ground beef with some kind of sauce on a roll. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that a lovely little blonde introduced me to a new Sloppy Joe. A triple-decker cold cut sandwich.
 
My basic Sloppy Joe is this:
 
3 slices of rye bread, roast beef, ham, turkey, Swiss cheese (Optional), cole slaw, and Russian dressing. The cole slaw should not be too wet.
 
This is how the sandwich is made:
 
Bottom slice of rye bread
1st layer - Roast beef
2nd layer – Ham
3rd layer – Cole slaw
4th layer – Russian dressing
Middle slice of rye bread
5th layer – Turkey
6th layer – Swiss cheese
7th layer – Cole slaw
8th layer – Russian dressing
Top slice of rye bread
 
Make sure that the cold cuts are at least 3/8” thick on the sandwich. The cheese can be thinner.
 
Of course you can use any other meat like pastrami etc.
 
This is a picture of Sloppy Joes cut for a party platter.
 
 http://www.seriouseats.com/2007/08/serious-sandwich-sloppy-joe-to.html
 
These are pictures of a Sloppy Joe from a NJ deli. I think this one has too much cole slaw and not enough meat.
 
http://midnightsnack.wordpress.com/iconic-sandwiches/new-jersey-sloppy-joe/
 
This is a video from the place that claims to have invented the Sloppy Joe.
 
http://townhalldeli.com/home/
 
Are these sandwiches made in any other part of the world??


post edited by Food_Fan - 2009/03/06 12:45:17
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/17 17:30:36
Never seen one like it in the South, but I'm tempted to have one shipped!
Food_Fan
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/17 18:22:00
MelloRoast,

Why have one shipped?

You can buy the rye bread, cold cuts, coleslaw, and Russian dressing and build one for yourself. I'll bet that you could make  4~7 Sloppy Joe's for the price of one shipped from NJ. (Yes, I'm a cheapskate )

Try it. It's a hard sandwich to beat!
post edited by Food_Fan - 2009/02/18 13:04:28
GNeedles59
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/18 14:07:08
One of my favorite sandwiches in the world!


MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/19 06:49:33
RibDog
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/19 08:18:13
I agree with you, Don.  All the Sloppy Joe sandwiches I have ever seen are based off of ground beef.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/19 08:21:31
Living in Jersey,I've never come across this other Sloppy Joe before,either.
GNeedles59
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/19 09:45:23
Lee, you have to come to North Jersey, specifically Union/Morris county areas.  Almost every deli up here has it on the menu.


Food_Fan
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/23 00:00:48
This is a Sloppy Joe that I made today. It's about 3.5" thick and I made it with Pechter's Real Jewish Rye in the same manner that I described above.

Although it certainly is sloppy it is also wonderfully delicious!

You can make it thinner and therefore less"sloppy" but a good deli would make it pretty much like this.

If you make one yourself make sure that you have plenty of napkins ready!


GNeedles59
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/23 09:37:24
FOOD_FAN, do you deliver?


fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/23 12:22:17
Yeah this is a good sandwich.  It's at basically every deli in north central to northern NJ that I have ever been in.  At my mom's store she does the cold sloppy joe as seen above and the hot sloppy joe that we most are used to. Of course she calls the hot one a sloppy matt.  Damn her. 

Some places also do the cold sloppy joe with say just turkey or just roast beef or pastrami or corned beef.  It all depends on the deli really
Food_Fan
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/24 10:31:51
Fatbomatty,
         I see that you live in North Plainfield. That little blonde that introduced me to Sloppy Joes’s and I lived together in North Plainfield by the church with the twin bell towers for 2 years.
 
I’ve noticed the same thing about the size of a Sloppy Joe. I think a lot of places offer a smaller one to keep the price equal to that of other sandwiches that they serve.
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/24 12:03:27
Food Fan,

Yeah I do live in North Plainfield.  Right by Red Tower II.  Is that St. Joes church you are talking about? 

I believe you are also correct with the small sized sloppy joe for the price.  Usually the one with just one kind of meat will be a dollar or two less than the full sloppy joe. 

The cold sloppy Joe's have always reminded me of a cold reuben.  I know there are obvious differences, but I just always think of it that way. 
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/24 12:55:08
Interesting articles, Food_Fan.  One says "one meat"  the other says "two meats", and yours has four.  It does sound tasty, albeit sloppy.

Is there any deli that makes them especially well?  I'm probably going to run over to north Jersey in May.
johnhughes442
Junior Burger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/24 14:20:13
As shown in the article Food Fan posted, I prefer the Millburn Deli, Millburn NJ to all other sloppy joe purveyors.  I went to college nearby and this was the first place I ever had one.  They slice the bread from large rye loaves when you order.  I am partial to the friday joe which is tuna salad and egg salad on three slices of rye with cole slaw and russian.  The tuna, egg salad, cole slaw and russian dressing are made on premises.  Freshly made the sandwich is quite messy, but still delicious.  To combat the mess, I let it rest overnight for full coagulation.  It is cut in three leaving a triangle as the centerpiece, the apex of which has no crust.  Save this bite for last as it is the best bite of a heavenly combo.  Also, an off-menu item of note is the half-loaf with russian.  A crusty half loaf of semolina bread with just russian dressing.  Don't forget the tea.  Store made with hints of orange and citrus.  Enjoy!!
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/24 15:03:05
<<I prefer the Millburn Deli, Millburn NJ to all other sloppy joe purveyors. >.

For what it's worth, that is my favorite sloppy joe too. And the Milburn Deli scene is a trip in itself, with the constant chaos, the bell ringers, etc etc. I usually get mine to go and eat it in the nice quiet park nearby.

Another real good one is Towne Liquors (yes, it's a liquor store) in New Providence. Plus they have the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had.

leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/24 15:37:26
Hey,Food_fan,
   Got o get up north. That sloppy Joe looks great!!!
Food_Fan
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/24 18:13:06
MiamiDon,
          These are the addresses of the two delis featured in the articles. The Town Hall Deli should be easer to get to and it has parking behind it. The Millburn Deli is on a one-way street and you would have to find parking a block away on the street that bypasses the business area and has parking lots along it. If you do a map search you’ll see what I mean.

Town Hall Deli
60 Valley St.
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 762-4900
 
The Millburn Delicatessen
328 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
(973) 379-5800
 
I used to get a great one at Arthur’s in Morris Plains. The bread was a combination rye/pumpernickel and was at least 10” wide and the Sloppy Joe was around 3.5” thick. I checked their menu and it didn’t list a Sloppy Joe but you never know, might be worth a call
 
http://www.arthurstavern.com/

leethebard,

Sounds like a good idea!
post edited by Food_Fan - 2009/02/24 18:26:07
porkchopexpress
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/27 14:40:36
Never heard of that style sloppy joe but it sounds excellent. I've always refered to sloppy joes as the manwich style sandwich
Schott850
Junior Burger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/02/28 23:31:49
I've had sloppy joe's in Northern NJ and they are great! 

When I worked in Valley Forge, Pa there was a deli that made sandwiches that reminded me of sloppy joe's but they were called Boardwalks.

Rye bread, deli roast beef piled high, cole slaw and russian dressing.  It's great, you can also use pastrami.  The messier the better.
Food_Fan
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/03/04 15:48:12
While looking to see what happened to Goodman’s of Elmora Ave. Elizabeth, NJ, I came across this new location in Berkeley Heights. They make a Sloppy Joe, as their video (Below) will show.
 
I thought I’d add it as another example of a Sloppy Joe.
 
http://www.goodmansdeli.net/
 
A newspaper review and explanation of the ownership changes:
 
http://www.nj.com/dining/reviews_ledger.ssf?21397?21397
 
This is Goodman’s video of still pictures that shows their Pastrami, Corned Beef, and Sloppy Joe sandwiches.
 
Goodman's Video
 
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/03/06 09:29:19
I tried my hand at a ham and turkey sloppy joe:



Sloppy, but good!
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/03/06 10:28:35
miamidon that looks good.  did you make that yourself?
Food_Fan
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2009/03/06 11:43:59
That’s a beauty!
 
Artfully constructed and perfectly presented! 
SoulCooker
Junior Burger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2009/03/06 12:55:01
I live in South Orange and the Town Hall is pretty good.  I have not tried the Millburn Deli but thanks for the heads up?  The cost of the joes is pretty crazy, but there is enough for at least 2 meals, and they also do 1/2 sandwiches, which is more than enough for a single meal.  Great pickles too!
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2009/03/06 14:12:02
fattybomatty: Yes!
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2009/03/06 14:31:14
Well Don great work you did.  You'll probably be hard pressed to find a better sandwich out than the one you just made
johnlockedema
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2010/05/09 13:34:23
I like to say 'Town Hall invented it, and the Millburn Deli perfected it.  Sadly, the current owners of the Millburn Deli don't make as good a Joe as the Jacobs family-you have to ask for the bread to be buttered (before it was a delete option-the thin layer of butter keeps the rye bread from getting soaked), the countermen are too generous with the russian and coleslaw, and adding a pickle slice to the wrap means the sandwich doesn't stay compact like it should.  Plus they make you put your own napkins in the bag, and they have a tip jar!  You're paying $7.75 for a sandwich, and have a tip jar.
DougS
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2010/05/09 17:23:09
Those do look good, nothing like the Manwich style that I always thought were original Sloppyjoes.
Actually I been eating sandwiches like that all my life and never knew they were Sloppyjoes.
Two sandwiches for lunch with coleslaw. Just have to remember to stack the sandwiches on top of one another after applying coleslaw between them.
johnlockedema
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2010/05/09 22:26:36
Two of these would clog your digestive system for a long time!  The Millburn Deli does a 'party joe' which is done on large rectangular slices of bread, then cut into 16 small rectangles, each with a toothpick.  Great party food.
tdj_tx
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2010/07/08 17:53:11
I need to eat this sandwich, I plan on making it this weekend!
Does anyone have information on the type of cole slaw they use?
It doesn't seem to be a mayo based slaw.

http://www.youtube.com/wa...Gw&feature=related
johnlockedema
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2010/08/06 21:27:37
Millburn Deli does use a mayo based slaw, very white cabbage with a tiny bit of shredded carrot.  Town Hall is a grassy, green slaw that is more finely shredded, and is inferior to the Millburn Deli slaw.
 
I went there today as my girlfriend wanted to bring them home to her family (she's relocated out of NJ) and we picked up a half dozen Joes-I had them made 'old school, wrapped for traveling) which meant butter the bread, easy on the coleslaw and russian, double wrap with no pickle slice in the wrapping.  G/f left to drive back to VA. 
 
Yesterday, another friend  calls and wants to catch up for coffee.  She's visiting from Ireland, but grew up here.  We meet for coffee today, and she wants to bring joe's back to Manasquan, where she's meeting her brother and sister.  So for the second time in three hours, I'm at the Millburn Deli with a cute blonde ordering a half dozen joes.  The counterman is giving me the hairy eyeball stare-finally he says 'nice to see you again, it's been a while' with a smirk.  You can't make this stuff up.
Dog Boss
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2010/08/07 09:50:34
johnlockedema

Millburn Deli does use a mayo based slaw, very white cabbage with a tiny bit of shredded carrot.  Town Hall is a grassy, green slaw that is more finely shredded, and is inferior to the Millburn Deli slaw.
 
I went there today as my girlfriend wanted to bring them home to her family (she's relocated out of NJ) and we picked up a half dozen Joes-I had them made 'old school, wrapped for traveling) which meant butter the bread, easy on the coleslaw and russian, double wrap with no pickle slice in the wrapping.  G/f left to drive back to VA. 
 
Yesterday, another friend  calls and wants to catch up for coffee.  She's visiting from Ireland, but grew up here.  We meet for coffee today, and she wants to bring joe's back to Manasquan, where she's meeting her brother and sister.  So for the second time in three hours, I'm at the Millburn Deli with a cute blonde ordering a half dozen joes.  The counterman is giving me the hairy eyeball stare-finally he says 'nice to see you again, it's been a while' with a smirk.  You can't make this stuff up.





That's funny stuff.................. 
micky65
Junior Burger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2012/06/07 01:48:57
I grew up in Bergen County N.J and when I worked in the deli at Shoprite in Emerson we made a Sloppy Joe platter. We used white bread cut lengthwise rather thinly and used roast beef, turkey. swiss and russian dressing and cole slaw layered. We would cut them into 4' x 4'  and sell them as a platter. They were delicious and us employees would eat them often. I think I will try to make one this weekend.
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2012/06/07 06:50:50
Wow!  I'd never seen this thread before and just a few days ago I was talking to my girlfriend's cousin from Westfield, NJ who was singing the praises of this sandwich.  It sound like a cold version of a reuben to me until I saw the pics from page 1 of this thread.  Sounds awesome.  Hope to try one soon.
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2012/06/07 07:45:17
Not a sloppy Joe but similar, I used to love the white meat turkey on rye with slaw & russian at Hobby's in Newark. Slaw and russian on a sandwich is common in Kosher or Kosher style delis.
 
http://www.hobbysdeli.com/menu.html
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2012/06/07 13:06:50
Hobby's Deli might be one of the best best kept secrets of NJ Roadfood. Harold's Harold's Harold's.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2012/06/07 13:27:06
I never saw this thread either, but what a great sounding sandwich! Hobby's menu looks awesome!
Ivyhouse
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2012/06/07 13:53:53
Growing up on LI one of my favorite sandwiches was turkey and swiss with coleslaw and Russian dressing.  Not from the Kosher deli-restaurants, but from the small neighborhood delicatessens in and around Port Washington. 
Midnight Snack
Junior Burger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2012/06/07 22:36:07
post edited by Midnight Snack - 2012/06/07 22:38:15
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style - New pic! 2012/06/18 15:40:09
Many years ago, working in Millburn, I alternated between their sloppy Joe (ham) and roast beef joe on perhaps a weekly basis for several years.  Simply outstanding.  Was fortunate to be in the area a few years ago and had one that was as good as I recalled from the good-old days.  Well worth a trip.
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Sloppy Joes - North Jersey Style 2012/06/18 15:45:41
Food_Fan

MelloRoast,

Why have one shipped?

You can buy the rye bread, cold cuts, coleslaw, and Russian dressing and build one for yourself. I'll bet that you could make  4~7 Sloppy Joe's for the price of one shipped from NJ. (Yes, I'm a cheapskate )

Try it. It's a hard sandwich to beat!

 
But good luck trying to buy a decent rye bread outside of NJ/NY/FL.