I ate lunch at Joe Jost's yesterday. www.joejosts.com
I can't believe this Roadfood establishment has only a mere mention here.
I had to be in Long Beach again for yet another followup to my toe surgery and I remembered putting a restaurant name and address into my notes on my Iphone. (Very useful App!)
I had read about Joe Jost's in a newspaper article and it so happened it was located in the same Long Beach neighborhood as my doctor.
What a cool place! When I walked through the doors I stepped back in time. On the right of me were what looked like hand made, wooden seating booths and to the left of me was a long bar with a few open seats.
The booths were full so I took a seat at the bar along side a bunch of beer drinking men.
Oh, my reason for even putting Joe Jost's into my Iphone was the what the article about it said... Pickled Eggs!
The men at the counter were dining on roasted, salted peanuts, pretzels and pickled eggs along with their beers.
I asked for a menu. I was answered with, "First time here?" I guess that was a given.
Then menu was on the small board behind the bar as were 4 men taking orders.
Egg salad sandwich
liverwurst sandwich (I didn't need to read further)
cheese sandwich and...
Joe's Special which was a Polish dog, split and grilled and topped with a slice of cheese and a pickle wedge.
All were served on rye bread.
Also on the menu were what I was there for... Pickled Eggs... 1 - $1.25, 9 - $11.50, 18 for $23.00,
Roasted peanuts - 1/2 pound bag, 1 pound bag and 2 pound bag. I didn't notice the price.
They also had Crackerjacks. Beer Nuts and... Animal Crackers. I thought the Animal Crackers were a strange item as this was not a kid's place. Next thing I knew, the man beside me ordered a box.
I ordered one egg which was served with more pretzel sticks than come in an individual serving bag and a few hot peppers. The egg was liberally sprinkled with black pepper.
Don't tell anyone but I also ordered a Widmer Heffeweisen. My beer of choice if served on tap.
Joe Jost's had 10 beers on tap and a bunch more in bottles in the fridge along with jars and jars of pickled eggs. (Dreamland!)
Before I knew it my sandwich, egg and drink were sitting in front of me. The rye bread was the freshest I think I've ever had! Nicely sliced liverwurst, a few rings of red onion and yellow mustard.
But the egg! It was delicious.
I really liked that as people came in to Joe Jost's, they were greeted with their name.
I left Joe Jost's with a jar of 18. They were THAT good!
Wish it were closer to me.