Town Hall Deli celebrates 90th anniversary of invention of New Jersey Sloppy Joe

The New Jersey Sloppy Joe has turned 90. 



The sandwich was said to have been invented by the Town Hall Deli in South Orange in 1927.



The deli's owners say the inspiration for the sandwich came from Cuba. To celebrate the anniversary, the Town Hall Deli will sell the large sandwiches for $19.27 all this week.



New Jersey Sloppy Joes are typically double-decker sandwiches made on rye bread with one or more types of deli meat, along with Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing.



The ones made at Town Hall Deli can feed two or three people.



"Nobody has any self-control. I don't either," says manager Matt Wonski. "I want to eat the whole thing or at least half of it. But it's a heavy sandwich. Each sandwich is almost 3 pounds, so it's a lot of food."



The deli also holds eating contests. The record is 12 squares of Sloppy Joe in 3 ½ minutes.


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