vegan “bbq sloppy faux” sandwich on special right now at mendocino farms: shaved seitan and pinto beans slow braised in chipotle citrus barbeque sauce with avocado puree, vegenaise, pickled red onions, candied jalapenos, tomatoes, shredded romaine on toasted ciabatte. $9.50
jon wiener ate it, loved it, and sent us these pix. here’s his review:
Unlike The Shitty Beatles, the Sloppy Faux isn’t just a clever name. It’s a fantastic combination of thinly-sliced seitan, big fat pinto beans, lettce, vegenaise, etc on amazing soft (with just the right amount of chew) ciabatta bread. Each bite is a struggle because you are so happy to be eating the amazing sandwich, but so sad that each bite contributes to it being finished sooner.
What I wanted to say, however, has nothing to do with the experience of the sandwich, but with the name.
The Sloppy Faux is clearly a take on the Sloppy Joe. When most people think of the Sloppy Joe, they probably are thinking about the meaty, saucy concoction that gets served in a bun so porous that it is incapable of holding the aforementioned death-slop, resulting in an in-tact top bun and a piece of bread-slime on the bottom.
You probably remember them from the classic scene in Billy Madison (warning: the following clip contains ground up animal carcass - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJf8Je5H7-k ).
I grew up in New Jersey, not too far from New York City. Where I’m from, a Sloppy Joe is something totally different. It’s a t stacked sandwich consisting of several different meats (pastrami, corned beef, roast beef, turkey, etc), cole slaw, swiss cheese & russian dressing on rye bread. It’s basically the TurDuckEn of deli sandwiches. This is what they sometimes look like (warning…more rotting flesh):
Here’s an accurately labeled diagram from a very vegan unfriendly site called The Porkchop Express: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_V2vvFqyFKZ8/R-lT—OTDMI/AAAAAAAABYg/Er1kcjQEu8w/s1600/AnatomyOfASandwich.jpg
In my “pregan” days, these were a fixture at Super Bowl parties and downtown “hangs” with my friends. Jeez…I was so young and stupid!
Anyway, as much as I loved the SLOPPY FAUX, it should consider a name change, should Mendocino Farms decide to add it to the regular menu, and create a true SLOPPY FAUX that matches the name more accurately. Has anyone ground up seitan for a classic Sloppy Joe vibe? Maybe create a New Jersey Sloppy Faux using different “meats” along with the seitan. In fact, I’d like to challenge several Los Angeles vegan delis to step up and give it a try. Locali? Figuroa Produce? Let’s start giving the Ruben a run for its money in the sandwich wars.