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Entry from July 28, 2014
Jersey Breakfast or Triple Bypass (Taylor Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese)

John Taylor (1836-1909), of Trenton, New Jersey, formed the Taylor Provision Company in 1888, although it’s often given that the famous ‘Taylor ham” was first made in 1856. The name “John Taylor’s Pork Roll” was trademarked in 1906.

It’s not known when the sandwich of Taylor Pork Roll (Taylor Ham), egg and cheese on a kaiser roll was first made, but it became a staple in New Jersey diners in the 20th century. “A Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a roll is referred to in diner lingo as a triple-bypass” was cited in print in 2004. “Jersey Breakfast”—another name for the same sandwich—has been cited in print since at least 2005.


Wikipedia: Pork roll
Pork roll (regionally known as Taylor Ham) is a pork-based processed meat originating and commonly available in New Jersey and parts of Philadelphia. It was developed in 1856 by John Taylor of Trenton, New Jersey, and sold as “Taylor Ham”. Other producers entered the market, and subsequent food labeling regulations required Taylor to designate its as a “pork roll” alongside their competitors.

Origin and description
While a similar item, packed minced ham, may have been produced at the time of the Battle of Trenton, John Taylor is credited with creating his secret recipe for the product in 1856.
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It is typically eaten as part of a sandwich, with popular condiments including salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, lettuce, and tomato. It is also incorporated in many other recipes, notably a popular breakfast sandwich known in the region as a “Jersey Breakfast”, “Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese”, or “Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese.” In these fried pork roll is joined with a fried egg and American cheese and served on a hard roll or bagel.

Trenton, New Jersey held its Inaugural Trenton Pork Roll Festival on May 24, 2014.

New Jersey Scenic—New Jersey Cuisine
Jersey Breakfast - Everyone from New Jersey knows a Taylor ham sandwich is a popular breakfast item. Taylor ham is a sausage like pork product which is sliced and served on an English muffin or hard roll, including cheese, egg, or both. Although the item originated in Trenton, New Jersey, there have been attempts to market Taylor ham in other parts of the country. In South NJ it is called Porkroll.

21 June 1951, Trenton (NJ) Evening Times, pg. 22, col. 6 ad:
Taylor
PORK ROLL

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Delicious for breakfast
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Just right for a sandwich snack
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Once you taste it, you know that there’s only one Taylor Pork Roll—(once called “Taylor Ham"). Made by an old Colonial recipe, from only the best lean, cornfed western pork—sugar-cured and hickory smoked. When buying—see it sliced right off the roll at your grocer’s.
Taylor Provision Company,
Trenton, N. J.
Made and Sold in Trenton for Over 95 Years

New York (NY) Times
JERSEYANA; Oink! If You Love Pork Roll
By BEVERLY SAVAGE
Published: December 26, 2004
IT’S definitely a New Jersey thing, and if you have not grown up eating it, you just don’t get it. But if your grandmother’s fridge always held a burlap-wrapped roll of Taylor ham (also known as Taylor pork roll), or after a night of bar-hopping in Belmar you staggered into the OB Diner for Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a roll, you understand the Garden State’s passion for pork roll.
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A Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a roll is referred to in diner lingo as a triple-bypass. It also the state breakfast sandwich, although the Legislature has not officially designated it as such.

The Idiom
Monday, February 21, 2005
A Jersey Breakfast
This morning, Mr. Scriblerus will enjoy a truly New Jersey-style breakfast. Taylor Pork Roll, egg and cheese on a fresh hard roll. Taylor Pork Roll or “Taylor Ham” is a Jersey original. Invented by John Taylor in the Nineteenth Century, it is still manufactured by the Taylor Provision Company in beautiful downtown Trenton.

Pax Arcana
BY PAX ARCANA | AUGUST 11, 2007 · 6:12 PM
Pax Gastronomica: Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese
Pax Arcana got a little excited about Jersey tomatoes. We make no apologies for that.

This morning gave us the opportunity to genuflect on yet another Jersey culinary tradition, the Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese sandwich (sometimes called the “Jersey breakfast”).

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But by week five, she had become the unofficial mother hen of the group, making Italian dishes for the whole class at night and cooking a traditional New Jersey breakfast dish, lovingly referred to as a “Jersey Breakfast,” for all of us one morning. Melissa fried up slices of Taylor ham and coupled them with eggs, cheese, salt, pepper, and ketchup to create a wonderful breakfast sandwich.

In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens
Why I Cook
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
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Some writers have called Taylor Pork Roll “the heroin of pork.”
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The most popular use for Taylor Pork Roll is apparently the “Jersey Sandwich” a.k.a. the “Jersey Breakfast Sandwich” a.k.a. the “Triple Bypass.” This is a sandwich made of warmed Taylor Pork Roll, a fried egg, and melted cheese on a bun.

I’m pretty sure the roll should be a Kaiser, but I had only ciabatta rolls in the house.

Two Broads Abroad
Taylor Ham (pork roll) the New Jersey Breakfast
By Judy Lyness on 10.20.2011
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I left the festivities early but promised to meet up for breakfast at the Galaxy Diner to partake in a New Jersey tradition—Taylor Ham or The Jersey Breakfast. Yes, I ordered up two over easy with Taylor Ham or Taylor Pork Roll.

The Baltimore Snacker
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Snacking State-by-State: New Jersey III: Triple Bypass and make it snappy! (or “Now we’re on a [pork] roll")
Once you cross the Mason-Dixon Line, you enter a world of meats that you don’t really see too often in Baltimore.  There’s scrapple (ick), which is not uncommon in Baltimore but still more of a Pennsylvania thing.  And there’s the pork roll (the South Jersey name for what is known in North Jersey as “Taylor ham").  Pork roll is a New Jersey original, which I had seen on occasion at the Eddie’s of Roland Park.  But apart from that, I had absolutely no clue what it was.  It was time to find out.
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They talk about a diner favorite, the combo of pork roll, egg cooked however you want it, and yellow cheese in a hard roll.  This sandwich is known as the “Triple Bypass” in diner speak [Stern & Stern 2009:111].

Fatty-boombalatty
CLASSIC JERSEY BREAKFAST
Posted on April 26, 2012
Within the borders of the Garden State, is there a more chronicled food item than a proper Taylor Ham Egg & Cheese Locus Classicus sandwich? No, there is not. A quick Google of the beloved Taylor Ham Egg & Cheese (THE&C) springs forth a plethora of media, which critiques every nuanced aspect of this beloved Jersey classic. Yes, the THE&C even has it’s own FaceBook page, and I’m pretty sure it Twitters.

The blog farkleberries.com serves well as competent go-to for a solid all around perspective. Here, an article by Rick Nichols in the Philly Enquirer, gives a sound historical perspective of Taylor Ham. Here too, Donna Beers of porkrollexpress.com is spotlighted for a great post in which she refers to Taylor Ham as the “heroin of pork”. Also quoted is John Bon Jovi from a Playboy article in which he contends that “THE&C is love… It cures a hangover” (Well said, oh maestro of the Iron Horse).

Foodidude
Never Heard of “Taylor Ham”? It’s a Jersey Thing.
07/17/2013
by Len Boccassini
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The popularity of this regional favorite has also spawned a breakfast sandwich for those on the go, dubbed the Jersey Breakfast.

Affectionately referred to by residents as the Triple Bypass, the sandwich in its most classic presentation is a few slices of Taylor Ham fried crisp, with a couple of fried eggs (or scrambled), American cheese, salt, pepper and ketchup on a poppy-seed hard roll or bagel. In Philly, the regional “long roll” seems to be a popular replacement as choice of bread.

NJ.com
New Jersey’s best sandwich is...
By Alex Napoliello
on November 05, 2013 at 9:29 AM, updated November 05, 2013 at 11:32 AM
In honor of National Sandwich Day on Nov. 3, Business Insider created a map showing the best sandwiches from every state.

For New Jersey, Business Insider selected the “Jersey Breakfast Sandwich with Taylor Ham.”

“Stop by any Garden State diner and try the signature Jersey Breakfast sandwich. It’s thick-cut Taylor ham (or pork roll) with egg and American cheese on a hard Kaiser roll or bagel,” the report said.

NorthJersey.com
Visiting N.J.? Gotta try diners, hot dogs
JANUARY 31, 2014
BY CHRIS WOOLIS
SPORTS EDITOR
CLIFTON JOURNAL
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Jersey breakfast
Probably one of the more famous Jersey eats is Taylor Ham, egg and cheese on a roll or bagel (salt, pepper, ketchup an optional favorite).

But what is Taylor Ham?

In actuality it is the brand name for pork roll, a breakfast meat similar to Canadian bacon.

You can typically tell where someone lives in New Jersey based on the way they pronounce the sandwich. North Jerseyans refer to it as Taylor Ham while South Jersey folks call it Pork Roll. But no visit to the state is complete unless you’ve tasted a ‘Jersey Breakfast.’

City-Data Forum—New Jersey
Mightyqueen801
03-16-2014, 10:13 AM
You will normally find it in diners. Taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a hard roll is “the New Jersey breakfast.” I used to be on a bowling league in Jersey City--the alley sold Taylor ham and cheese sandwiches, too.

YouTube
It’s a New Jersey breakfast sandwich, Taylor ham & egg sandwich
shivanj1
Published on Jul 12, 2014
http://jerseyporkroll.com/products/ta…
What we like in Jersey for a takeout breakfast, whether on a roll or a bagel.
http://awesomenj.com/2012/09/24/taylo…

(Trademark)
Word Mark JOHN TAYLOR’S PORK ROLL SUGAR CURED THE TAYLOR PROVISION CO. TRENTON N.J. BROIL OR FRY QUICK OVER A HOT FIRE JUST BEFORE SERVING FINEST SELECTED LEAN PORK DELICATELY CURED & SMOKED “NO SALTY TASTE”
Goods and Services IC 029. US 046. G & S: PORK ROLL. FIRST USE: 19061016. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19061016
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 05.15.02 - Laurel leaves or branches (borders or frames); Wreaths
24.05.01 - Circular or elliptical seals; Seals, circular or elliptical
24.11.02 - Crowns open at the top
26.03.02 - Ovals, plain single line; Plain single line ovals
26.03.09 - Geometric figures, objects, humans, plants or animals forming the perimeter of an oval or bordering the perimeter of an oval; Ovals having animals as a border; Ovals having geometric figures as a border; Ovals having humans as a border; Ovals having objects as a border; Ovals having plants as a border
26.17.02 - Bands, wavy; Bars, wavy; Lines, wavy; Wavy line(s), band(s) or bar(s)
Serial Number 71022841
Filing Date October 22, 1906
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Change In Registration CHANGE IN REGISTRATION HAS OCCURRED
Registration Number 0061356
Registration Date March 19, 1907
Owner (REGISTRANT) TAYLOR PROVISIONS COMPANY, THE CORPORATION NEW JERSEY 63 PERRINE AVENUE TRENTON NEW JERSEY 08638
Attorney of Record FREDERICK A. ZODA
Description of Mark THE WREATH BEING GOLD AND THE BACKGROUND RED.
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 12C. SECT 15. SECTION 8(10-YR) 20060913.
Renewal 5TH RENEWAL 20060913
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