Introducing six week old Sloppies
Gabbi Briner | On 19, Mar 2014
Tucked away in Spring Hill, you may pass off Sloppies as an ordinary inner-city dive. However, it wonâ€™t go unnoticed if you walk past.Â Ignore your instinct and go inside. It will change your life.
Speakers blare bass-heavy hip-hop music and strobes shine fluoro beams onto the footpath. Wafts of the home-made-from-scratch spices and sauces will also lure you in.
Once you enter the narrow shopfront, expect to be seated by Sloppiesâ€™ owner, the warm-natured Faith. She was taught to cook by her mother and her grandmother, and recalls cooking with them from a young age.
â€œMy mother and grandmother would cook with me when I was young… I think black women just love food!â€
Whilst agonising over what to order off the five-page menu, Faith informed us that this is the shortened menuâ€¦The real menu, which comes into effect on Monday, has over 400 items, which are all available in a vegetarian option.
We chose a krispy kreme burger, an original sloppy joe, a selection of fries, and buffalo wings. The food did not disappoint. Every component of the burger was fresh and flavoursome, and the spice mix in the sloppy joe mince was like nothing we have had before. Then came the buffalo wings. They were smothered in Faithâ€™s specialty wing sauce, and werenâ€™t fried, rather baked. Faith explained that this was to ensure soft, juicy meat which delivered full flavour.
Donâ€™t believe me? A Canadian co-diner said these sloppy joes are like no other he has had in Australia and proclaims â€œthis food destroys Carolina Kitchen.â€
Sloppies adopts a unique approach to pizza sizing too… Faith calls their smallest size “cute”. This is Domino’s standard size. Â The sizes gradually widen in diameter up to the largest 24-inch pizza.Â That’s almost as big as the largest iMac on the market. Two brave gentlemen ordered this mammoth-of-a-pizza and watching them attempting to carry it was an amusing spectacle.
We have been conditioned to associate American food with grease, preservatives and obesity. Sloppies serves a stark contradiction to this stereotype. Faith and her team make all the bread, pizza bases and wraps from scratch. They also concoct their own secret sauces and spice blends. Also, if she has time, she grinds her own beef for the burger patties. Sloppies remains open well into the wee hours of the morning as Faith understands the urgency of mid-night cravings.
She has grand plans for Sloppies, the worldâ€™s first â€œSloppy Joeâ€ franchise. She aims to expand her venture to the Fortitude Valley, the Gold Coast, and across the world.
“In 10 years, I want there to be 1,000 Sloppies.â€
In the style of a true Cali girl, Faith loves Brisbaneâ€™s laidback vibe, though sheâ€™d prefer if the beach were closer.
If youâ€™re after a hearty American meal, a copy of Satre magazine, or just a chat, Sloppies will look after you.
When:Â Monday – TuesdayÂ 5:00pm-12:00amÂ WednesdayÂ 12:00pm-12:00amÂ ThursdayÂ 12:00pm-1:00amÂ FridayÂ 12:00pm-2:00amÂ Saturday 12:00pm-3:00am SundayÂ 12:00pm-12:00am
Where:Â Â 3/226 Leichardt St, Spring Hill, 4000