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A Sandwich a Day: Joe's Special at Joe Jost's in Long Beach, CA
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Since 1924, Long Beach locals have been flocking to Joe Jost's, a mellow bar that serves up beers at 29 degrees (they even have a thermometer showing the current temperature) by the schooner along with pickled eggs, chili peppers, peanuts, pretzels, and a delicious little sandwich called the "Joe's Special."
For $2.95, bartenders will give you a Polish sausage wrapped in a fresh slice of rye bread, served with Swiss cheese, a pickle and mustard. The sausage is slit and the triangle pickle wedged inside of it. It's easy to eat a couple of Joe's Specials while playing pool or sitting around with friends.
The sandwich has been served for 77 years at Joe Jost's for good reason. While it's not a culinary masterpiece, it is part of Long Beach history and is completely satisfying while enjoying a beer.
About the author: Jennifer Maiser writes about locally and sustainably grown food. She is the founder and editor of the Eat Local Challenge website and writes at Life Begins at 30, her personal weblog.