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At Joe Jost's divey little Long Beach enclave, drinkers come for the frosty beers but stay for the pickled eggs. That's right; Jost's is locally legendary for its spicy-brined eggs, dashed with black pepper and tossed back with a handful of pretzel sticks at the bar. The eggy, slightly funky, protein-rich orbs are a throwback to the 1920s, when the bar's namesake Hungarian owner sold them by the Mason jar full to stay open during Prohibition. Thankfully, those days are long gone now, and only the pickles remain. The classic draught beer is served up near freezing in thick glass goblets, perfect for ducking the Long Beach heat while riding one of the old metal barstools. For the brave, there is a small stage in the corner where an occasional strummer plucks away at his acoustic guitar, but most everyone in the room is either taking a bite of the hot dog on rye sandwiches, swallowing another bite of pickled egg or sipping happily away at their beer in one of the oldest continually operational bars west of the Mississippi.
Here's a locally famous little tavern that makes a mean lil' $3 sandwich; the Joe's Special is a simple combination of a tasty polish sausage, pickle, swiss, and mustard on rye. Hang out with the old dudes and order up a schooner of beer.
Every dive has its history, but when it comes to bars in Southern California, it's nearly impossible to top Long Beach's Joe Jost's -- one of the oldest continually operating taverns west of the Mississippi. Jost, a Hungarian immigrant, opened the eponymous business in 1924, running it as a combination barbershop and pool hall that served food -- including the famous Special sandwich and pickled eggs -- during the dry years of Prohibition. That those eggs, stained yellow with... More »
Photo by Anne FishbeinAS MUCH AS I LIKE KHMER RESTAURANTS, AS MUCH time as I have spent stalking the aisles at Acres of Books or wincing through Iron Maiden shows at the arena, a visit to Long Beach sometimes seems like a thinly veiled excuse to... More »
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