Sunday, December 18, 2011

Special Dining Report: Sloppy Joe's


If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you'll know there's a wish list of sorts of restaurants. These are restaurants I would love to check out soon. Well on Saturday while I was out Christmas shopping because I'm one of those last second types of guys, I made it out to West Street. What's on West Street you ask? Well it's a place called Sloppy Joe's. They specialize in you guessed it: Sloppy Joe's.

They are located in the old Sonic Space at 803 N. West Street. They do not have a webpage but can be found on Facebook. I was able to grab a picture of their menu.


I guess one of their popular burgers is called the Jake's Special (two quarter-pound patties, barbecue roast beef, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onions, ketchup, mustard and mayo). I decided to go with their most popular item, their regular Sloppy Joe. I asked what their next popular sandwich was and the lady at the counter said their BBQ Sloppy Joe was. So I went with that an order of tots.

The lady who took my order was very nice. My only gripe was she didn't tell me that the to go menu's that were right on the counter had coupons in them which could have saved me money for my Christmas shopping. So heads up, when you go there are to go menus on display. In them are coupons for Buy 1 Get 1 Free, free tots, etc.

While waiting on my order, I glanced around the building. It was very small inside. I counted seven four tops. So the place seats roughly 28 people if that is what seven times four equals.


The Original Sloppy Joe and Tots.
It didn't take too long for the Sloppy Joe's and tots to come out. The first thing I did was squirt a bunch of ketchup on the tots. They tasted just like Sonic’s but cooked longer. Sometimes when I go to Sonic, it seems like their tots are a bit undercooked; not at Sloppy Joe's. Next up, I picked up my original Sloppy Joe and figured "Crap, this is too big and it's going to get very messy." I went the fork and knife route to eat my Sloppy Joe's. The original Sloppy Joe was delicious. I wanted to save that for last then so I dug into the BBQ Sloppy Joe. With the first bite, I immediately thought "brisket sandwich" because that is what it tasted like. It wasn't bad but it wasn't the taste I was going for. I finished most of it and went straight back to the original Sloppy Joe. Took a few bites of that, went back to the tots, repeat process. The Original Sloppy Joe was absolutely delicious along with the fries.

The BBQ Sloppy Joe without the bun on it....duh....

Halfway through my Sloppy lunch

Here's the hard part. Sloppy Joe's is a tough sell. They are very easy and cheap to make. A business centered on Sloppy Joe's could be a hard sell given the economic situation many people are in. Their sandwiches ran in the vicinity of $3 and their tots were a dollar and change.

Was it good? Yes. Would I go there again? Probably but it's hard to find people wanting to go to a place just to eat Sloppy Joe's and being on West St, it's not an area of town I travel to often.

You should definitely try it once and see what you think. I liked my experience and now am the owner of a "Buy 1 Sloppy Joe, Get 1 Free". Merry Christmas to me!!!

Please note, this is NOT Letter S. It's just total coincidence that Letter S is up next and I went to Sloppy Joe's.

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2 comments:

Liz Nida said...

I have my own way to make sloppy Joes and everyone likes them a lot!!! I don't know if I would want to pay $3 plus for one sandwich when it definitely doesn't cost that much to make them for an entire family!!!

Anonymous said...

You don’t say “The people who came really liked it, but I just couldn’t get enough people there in time to save it.” – Windy DeMoura, who on Friday closed her Sloppy Joe’s restaurant on West Street after six months in business

Read more here: http://blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard/2012/01/03/you-dont-say-524/#storylink=cpy