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Just as your favorite ice cream flavor can reveal hidden personality traits, your favorite foods can reveal where you’re from. Seriously. Repeat childhood exposure to any food tends to promote a preference for that food that can last a lifetime. That means the foods you enjoyed with your family and friends during childhood are more likely to be at the top your list today—or even your go-to comfort food. And that’s why we’re willing to bet we can guess where you’re from…if you call any of these foods your favorites.
We’re not talking about the sandwich made with ground beef and tomato sauce. We’re talking about the double-decker deli sandwich served on three slices of super-thin rye bread and made up of two super-thin-sliced deli meats (my own favorite from my childhood in New Jersey is turkey and beef tongue), plus Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing. It was invented in New Jersey, and if you grew up in New Jersey, it’s the only acceptable Sloppy Joe, and you can spend literally hours arguing with other Jersey natives about which deli makes the best, and which deli made it first.
Verdict: If your idea of a Sloppy Joe can only involve deli meats, coleslaw, and thin-sliced rye, and if you call it a “regular Joe” or a “Jersey Joe” to distinguish it from the stuff your out-of-state friends make with Manwich, then you’re probably from New Jersey.
Looking for a more healthy sandwich alternative? Try these healthy sandwich recipes at home.