California Love: A Perfect Pickled Egg at Joe Jost’s

by James Boo on January 19, 2011 · 4 comments

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For the next week, I’ll be writing short posts on the meals I enjoyed during a two-week vacation in my native California.

Pickled Egg - Joe Jost's - Long Beach, CA
There’s a bar in Long Beach that recognizes what every pickled egg in this country is missing: chilies.

Rather than submerging its hard boiled eggs in beet-tinted brine, Joe Jost’s imbues them with the heat of Santa Fe Grandes. The result is a poor man’s caviar with one hell of a bite: The comfort-food quality of each hard-boiled egg rides a neon yellow wave of tartness and spice, and a quick dusting of black pepper and service on a bed of pretzels turns this classic bar food into a bar food classic.

That’s not the only thing classic about the joint. The oldest operating bar in Long Beach, Joe Jost’s has been serving for almost a century. The house’s $3.50 “schooners” of cheap American beer (formerly East Side Old Tap, then Pabst Blue Ribbon, now Busch), $3 Polish sausage sandwiches on steamed rye, hot dogs, liverwurst, and freshly roasted Virginia peanuts join its pickled egg to create a bar menu that will never go out of style. My spell at Joe Jost’s is best cast on a weeknight, starting with a pickled egg and a schooner of Shiner Bock, following with Joe’s Special sandwich, and finishing with pints over a game of shuffleboard.

Joe Jost’s
Joe Jost’s pickled egg recipe
2803 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA 90804


The Chief January 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm

That looks awesome. Do you eat it by skewering the egg with a pretzel stick and taking a big bite?

Just had some pickled eggs in a sandwich at Saltie the other day and now I’m craving other places in the city that serve them. Any leads? I should probably just make them myself.

James Boo January 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Funny thing there; I don’t really get the urge for pickled eggs when I’m in New York. For whatever reason, it’s more of a Los Angeles food for me. I’m guessing Jewish Delis and The Pickle Guys?

veronica January 21, 2011 at 12:13 am

have you ever tried a beet-pickled egg? the color alone makes me want to try one, but i have a feeling it probably tastes awesome too.

James Boo January 21, 2011 at 12:44 am

I’ve indulged in the classic beet-pickled egg, and it is fantastic. The flavor tends to be much less aggressive and a bit earthy, which is perfect when taken with a few pickles and a classic deli sandwich.

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