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  • Writer's pictureDavid Connolly

Sloppy Joe, NJ

Updated: Aug 20, 2020



In most parts of the country, a sloppy joe is made with ground beef and a tomato-based sauce and served on a hamburger bun. But in parts of New Jersey, a sloppy joe is something else entirely: two types of cold cuts, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing served between thin double-decker rye bread. Dozens of places serve it, but Town Hall Deli in South Orange says it was the first restaurant in New Jersey to make this version of the sloppy joe, in 1935. The deli still serves the original recipe with cow tongue, but the most popular sloppy joe on the menu is The Favorite, made with roast beef and turkey.



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