Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 09:03:03 -0800
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Loose meats, etc.
May I restore a thread that I hoped might be starting but seems to have
So far everyone seems to agree that "sloppy Joe" refers to a sandwich
made with ground beef in a chili-like sauce. (In my experience, always
between hamburger buns.) This is also what I have found associated with
the word everywhere east of the Mississippi.
When I was growing up, however, there was a restaurant in Salem, Oregon,
that called itself "Oregon's Home of Sloppy Joe," whose specialty was a
very large sandwich made with many layers of thinly sliced ham and Swiss
cheese on rye, I think with thousand island dressing.
I don't remember running across any sandwich called a "sloppy Joe"
anywhere else in Oregon or in the West, for that matter, though I wasn't
particularly looking for one. Has anybody else run into other regional
variations on this item (if indeed that's what this was)?