Town Hall Deli opened in 1927. Its original home was on South Orange Avenue, a few doors away from the actual Town Hall; hence the name, Town Hall Delicatessen. The Deli was purchased in the 1930's from the original owner by Fred Joost and Hans Tiedeman; later Heinz Berdorf became Fred Joost's partner..... many villagers today still remember Fred and Heinz.
During the 1930's, Mayor Sweeney, the then-Mayor of Maplewood, visited Havana, Cuba. At the time, Cuba was still open to American tourism. While there, he visited Sloppy Joe's Bar and Eatery. Ernest Hemingway and other famous figures frequented Joe's. The proprietor, Joe, was well-known for the disarray in the Bar in additon to being a famous hang-out- alas, the nickname "Sloppy" Joe! Read More
While the Mayor was at Joe's in Cuba, he developed a taste for a sandwich that he had never had before. In fact, he loved it so much that when he returned to the US, he asked Fred and Heinz to duplicate the recipe to serve at his weekly card game. It was made with cole slaw, ham, cow tongue, swiss cheese, with lots of dressing and was served on thin rye bread. Hence, the origin of the Sloppy Joe sandwich and how Town Hall Deli of South Orange became The Birthplace of the Sloppy Joe!
Today, Sloppy Joes are made in a wide variety, using any two meats and a cheese of your choice, although there are many standard combinations too, if you do not know what you want. There are even meat-free choices. Although Town Hall Deli is famous across the country for inventing the Sloppy Joe, it is first and foremost a Delicatessen in the traditional style, serving quality storemade products for every meal, and specialty favorite desserts like Cheesecake, Brownies, and Rice Pudding. Town Hall Deli even makes their own preservative-free mayonnaise which is used in the salads and on the sandwiches!
Town Hall Deli moved to its most commonly known location, the brick building at 18 South Orange Avenue, around 1940. Sold to its current owner, Tony Wonski, the Deli relocated twice- most recently in 2013, to 74 1st Street and prior to that in 2007 to 60 Valley Street- both just steps away from its previous locations.
Town Hall is constantly adding to the offerings- for instance, today, many customers prefer lighter alternatives, and there a variety of sandwich and salad options including grilled chicken. The Godfather and Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad are very popular. The Reuben with Thick Cut Bread is a new favorite, even among old-timers. There are two or three homemade soups every single day- a great alternative for those trying to cut back on bread. For those who like tempting treats, there's store-baked Breakfast Muffins, NewHy's Cheesecake, Crumbcake, and Chocolate Mousse- all newer additions that everyone loves.
And so, the tradition continues.
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"The way they're made at the Town Hall— I assure you that it's the original Sloppy Joe sandwich."SERIOUS EATS
SLOPPY JOESSLOPPY JOES
Sloppy Joes contain two meats and Swiss cheese, three slices of rye bread, dry cole slaw and Russian dressing. Choose from one of the popular Sloppy Joes below or create your own! Disclaimer: Each whole sandwich feeds 2-3 people!The Favorite Joe
Roast Beef, Turkey and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The Original Joe
Ham, Tongue and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The Gourmet Joe
Town Hall Turkey, Roast Beef and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The Smokin’ Joe
Egg Salad, Cream Cheese, Nova and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The Newstead Joe
Turkey, Corned Beef and Roast BeefHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The Montrose Joe
Ham, Turkey and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The Maplewood Joe
Corned Beef, Turkey and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The California Joe
Tuna Salad, Egg Salad and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The Brooklyn Joe
Roast Beef, Corned Beef and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The Jersey Joe
Roast Beef, Ham and SwissHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99The “Reduced Fat” Joe
Town Hall turkey and Alpine lace Swiss on two layers of breadHalf $14.99 Whole $24.99Custom Joe
You choose two meats and a cheeseHalf $16.99 Whole $29.99½ A Joe Sandwich with a Cup of Soup $18.99
SANDWICHESBUILD A SANDWICH
All sandwiches include a choice of toppings: lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, Town Hall Russian, cole slaw, pickle, chips. Choose a cheese for an additional $0.60, and made any sandwich a sub for just $1.00 more.
Town Hall Roasted Turkey - Store-Cooked $14.99
Town Hall Roast Beef - Store-Cooked $14.99
Corned Beef - Store-Cooked $14.99
Ham & Swiss $11.99
Virginia Ham $11.99
Kosher Salami $11.99
Hard Salami $11.99
Genoa Salami $11.99
Turkey & Ham $14.99
Chopped Chicken Liver - Store-Made $12.99
Fish Filet (Fridays only) $12.99
Egg Salad $11.99
Tuna Salad $12.99
Tuna & Egg $12.99
Chicken Salad $12.99
Shrimp Salad $16.99
Cheese Sandwich $11.99
Nova & Cream Cheese $16.99
SPECIALTY SANDWICHESSPECIALTY SANDWICHES
Muffuletta $14.99Ham, Genoa salami, provolone and Muffuletta olive spread on fresh focaccia
Town Hall Club $14.99Three layers of toast (white, rye or wheat) with Town Hall turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato
Town Hall Reuben $14.99Corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese with Russian dressing on rye bread
Town Hall Hero $14.99Ham, salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomato, oil, vinegar, sweet peppers and Town Hall mayo
Town Hall Gobbler $14.99Roasted Town Hall turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy on rye bread
The Godfather $14.99Grilled chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and balsamic vinegar
Town Hall Steak Sandwich $16.99Grilled strip steak (cooked to your liking) on a steak roll with lettuce and tomato
Town Hall Meatball Sandwich $14.99Town Hall's store-made meatballs! (No pork) Store-made marinara sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, toasted o aa hero!PANINIS
The American $12.99Virginia ham, Swiss or American cheese, grilled with lettuce and tomato
The Venetian $12.99Proscuitto and mozzarella, grilled with lettuce and tomato
HEALTHY OPTIONSHEALTHY OPTIONS
Tuna, Chicken or Egg Salad $12.99Includes a scoop of the salad of your choice and served on a bed of lettuce, garnished with tomatoes and served with your choice of Town Hall cole slaw, potato salad or macaroni salad.
Chef Salad $12.99Ham, turkey and swiss served on a bed of lettuce with your choice of dressing.
Sloppy Joe Salad $12.99Ham, turkey and swiss served on a bed of lettuce with cole slaw and Russian dressing.
Greek Salad $10.99Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, cucumber, tomato and red onion on a bed of lettuce with oil and vinegar dressing.
Caesar Salad $12.99Grilled chicken, shredded parmesan cheese and croutons over a bed of Romaine lettuce with Caesar dressing.
Cobb Salad $12.99Bleu cheese, grilled chicken, boiled eggs, avocado, bacon bits, cucumber, tomato and chickpeas over a bed of lettuce with oil and vinegar dressing.
Create your own platter for $10.99!WRAPS
Your choice of wrap (plain, whole wheat, tomato basil or spinach)
Grilled Chicken $14.99
Town Hall Turkey $14.99
Tuna, Chicken or Egg Salad $14.99
Sloppy Joe Wrap $14.99Any two meats, cole slaw, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese
Pint: $5.99 Quart: $8.99Offered Daily: Chicken Noodle & Matzo Ball Soup Monday: Italian Wedding Tuesday: Split Pea Wednesday: Beef Barley Thursday: Friday: Clam Chowder Saturday: Cream of Turkey Sunday: Pasta Fagioli
SALADSPotato $6.99 German Potato (with or without bacon) $6.99 Red Bliss Potato $6.99 Cole Slaw $6.99 Macaroni $6.99 Tri-Colored Pasta $6.99 Ham $6.99 Cucumber $6.99 Mediterranean $6.99 Egg $9.99 Tuna $10.99 Shrimp $19.99 Chicken $10.99 Chopped Chicken Liver $10.99 Israeli $8.99 Health $7.99SIDES¼ lb Cole Slaw, Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad $1.99 Whole Pickle (new, full sour or dill) $1.75 ea. Homemade Fries $3.99 Potato Knish (potato, spinach and meat) $4.99 Potato Pancake $4.99 ea.½ Roasted Chicken $5.99 Chili (no beans) $4.99 Macaroni & Cheese $5.99 Pot Pie (chicken, beef or turkey) $6.99 Sliced Nova (per lb.) $38.99 Cheddar Spread (per ½ lb.) $6.99 Hot Dog $2.99 Chili Dog $3.99 White Fish (per lb.) $16.99 Herring (per lb.) $10.99 Cheeseburger $6.99 Hamburger $5.99
CHILDREN’S MENUCHILDRENS MENUChicken Fingers $4.99 Peanut Butter & Jelly $3.99 Mac n’ Cheese $4.99 Grilled Cheese $5.99 Bologna $6.99
BREAKFASTBREAKFASTAll include three eggs, three meats and two slides of cheese. Egg Sandwich $5.99 Egg & Cheese Sandwich $6.99 Egg with Taylor Ham or Bacon $7.49 Egg & Cheese with Taylor Ham or Bacon $7.99
DESSERTSDESSERTSHomemade Rice Pudding Small $3.99 Large $4.99 Town Hall’s Own New Jersey Cheesecake $26.99 Slice $3.99 Homemade Baked Brownies Plain $3.99 Homemade Baked Brownies with Walnuts $4.29 Pound Cake (plain, lemon, marble, banana nut, cranberry nut) $3.49 Town Hall’s Own Crumb Cake $3.99 Traditional Black and White Cookies $3.49 Bread Pudding $3.49 Sliced Apples & Cinnamon $1.99 Fruit Salad $3.99
Delivery & Shipping
Order Takeout or Ship Anywhere
Can’t make it to the Deli or did you move away and miss this taste of home? We have more ways than ever to enjoy Town Hall Deli!
If you're local, select Local Pickup & Delivery below for takeout.
If you're farther away, we also cold-pack and ship nationally via Goldbelly.
Town Hall Deli offers a variety of catering options in Essex County and throughout NJ.
Deli products, as well as cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner are available.
Please reach out to owner Matt Wonski directly with inquiries.
Open Monday - Saturday
74 First Street
South Orange, NJ 07079