By Kelsey R.
I am walking into Sloppy Janes in the Wheatland Shopping Center Lancaster PA on a hot Tuesday at two o’clock in the afternoon. It is not lunch hour, but I am starving and sweaty. By the name, I am assuming I am going to be eating a traditional Sloppy Joe sandwich. When I walk inside, I notice a Louisiana-style theme.
I meet Brian who is the owner of the establishment. He comes around from the counter, introduces himself, and stands with me as I stare at the menu hanging above. I tell him that of course I am in the mood for a barbeque sandwich. Brian breaks down the menu for me. He explains that if it is my first time at Sloppy Janes then I should just order whatever is in red. Simple enough for me! I ask him what he recommends and he says, “Well we have damn good cheesesteaks, but the Sloppy Jane as a combo meal is good, too.” Perfect. I order the Sloppy Jane.
I reach for some basic potato chips that come with the meal. Brian suggest I try the Zapp’s brand. I told Brian I never even heard of the brand. He explains that the chips are kettle-fried. These chips are a Louisiana favorite, which of course is the on-going theme.
I grab my Zapp’s chips, pop them open, and walk around. To the right of the food counter there are shelves that display hot sauces. I see names like “Scorpion Pepper,” “Death,” “Bee Sting,” and “Ghost Pepper.” Again, Louisiana favorites, but my eyeballs are burning out of my head just by looking at them. I go and sit at a booth, chug my coke, and dive into my Zapp’s chips.
People are coming into Sloppy Janes to order. An older man orders a tuna salad sandwich and takes a seat across from me. Another woman orders a cold sub. One of the workers takes her break by ordering a sub and sitting in a booth. And now my chips are gone. I defiantly noticed a different taste. They were crunchy with a more profound barbeque taste. I am glad I was able to experience the difference!
Brian comes out with my Sloppy Jane. I am expecting to have a big mess on my hands as I dive in, but I didn’t have a problem controlling my meat from falling out. It was simply delicious. The meat had some subtle tang. There was cheese and light sauce on the bottom of the meat, and the bread was flaky. The sandwich was exactly what I was looking for and also had some new flavors I was not expecting but most certainly enjoyed.
Sloppy Janes offers catering, which you can order online. Super convenient! The catering menu can accommodate servings anywhere from 9-12 people. There is so much variety! Whatever you and your friends are in the mood for, Sloppy Janes most likely has it. They have Jambalaya, Baked Ziti, Macaroni and Cheese, New Orleans Style Red Beans and Rice, and Baked Tilapia. Another awesome feature Sloppy Janes offers is delivery through Carryout Courier. Again, super convenient!
The worker who was taking her break offers to take my tray, and I continue to walk around the restaurant. I notice a bunch of pictures of dogs hanging in the back hallway. I also notice in the front of the store that there is a fund to raise money for dogs and other animals. I don’t have much time to investigate because I get to talking with Brian again. I tell him how much I enjoyed my meal. I then notice to my right that there are two dogs hanging by the cash register. Brian tells me that they are his dogs Lola and Cooper. Ah-Ha! We have a true dog-lover, friends! Brian talks to me more about his dogs and how Lola is scared of fireworks and thunder. I appreciate Brian’s personal touches in his restaurant. It shows how much heart he has for his business.
Sloppy Janes is a true Louisiana experience. Brian and his staff work hard to maintain a friendly environment that also gives you a taste of the South when you walk through the door. So next time you are craving some barbeque comfort food make your way to Sloppy Janes, I know everyone is always looking for a good deal, so make sure you check out the Sloppy Janes website for coupons!
Hi everyone, I want to share a few things about myself. I have lived in Lancaster County my entire life.
I went to The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and received a Bachelors in English Education and Writing. Currently, I am working as a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway, and of course I am doing some writing on the side! I live with my wonderful cat, Waffle in Lancaster City. Besides working and playing with my cat I also read and practice yoga.