New Providence Speciality Sandwich


If you grew up in New Jersey, you probably have your own go-to place for the ideal deli sandwich. I happen to enjoy a couple of delis scattered around New Jersey, one for the traditional Italian sub, one for the turkey Sloppy Joe (extra slop), and one for the New Providence Speciality, or as I like to call it a "Hidden Gem".

Where does one find this hidden gem? Avenue Deli, on Springfield Ave, New Providence, is considered a staple for the town, although from the looks of it the place has a modest approach, with a husband and wife who runs the deli and often are the ones making your sandwiches. One probably wouldn't expect much from this place, I know I was a little hesitant thinking anything special could be produced from this delicatessen, let a lone a "speciality"...oh how I was wrong...brutally wrong...thinking I had a black belt when it came to knowing a good sandwich. To the naked eye, this sandwich would appear to be your traditional sloppy joe, but it contains no rhye bread, no Swiss cheese, and no coleslaw, this specialty is a  whole different breed.

What's on it:

  • Pumpernickel bread
  • Mayo (I usually ask for Russian...it's a game changer)
  • Thinly sliced pickles (adds a perfect crunch)
  • Thinly sliced ham
  • Roast Beef 

The Experience: It's a simple sandwich done right, with ham, roast beef, and thinly sliced pickle, and really thats all it takes to make something satisfying.

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