"I am 46 years old and I grew up in Long Beach. I lived there until I was 28 years old and the best memories I have of my father are going to Joes on Saturday afternoons for a special and pickled eggs with pretzels and peppers. The first time that I can remember was about the time I was 8 or 9 which was in 1964. I miss my dad and the times we had on those Saturdays... I have had pickled eggs around the world and to this day I cannot remember any that taste as good as yours. I live in Victorville and would love to bring my son down for a special and an egg...(but he probably wouldn't like the egg part..) I miss your place badly! Sincerely, a long lost customer,"
"Joe Jost's has been a entity in the MacPherson family for three generations Before she died, my grandmother told me that a year after my Grandpa started the family business, MacPherson Plastering, he didn't want her to pack a lunch some days because he was going to Joe Jost's for a Special. That was in 1924. When I was a little girl, women didn't go into Joe Jost's. My dad would park in front in our 1955 Chevy BelAir, go in and buy 4 Specials and we'd eat in the car. That was in 1958. Then in 1969 when I started Poly and pledged Phi Gam, my big sisters took me into Joe Jost's one Friday night - my first time. By then it had changed generations and was a hang-out for the Cal State Long Beach crowd. I'll never forget seeing my 10th grade history teacher, Mr. Radford, playing pool in the back room after the Poly football game! I was shocked. Now my brother, Mark, and I meet there whenever we can. We see "kids" we went through Longfellow, Hughes and Poly with. They bring their children and grand-children. In all our travels, we've never found anyplace like it. It's a "home" to a lot of us native Long Beachers and always will be."
CORONA DEL MAR, CA
LOS ALTOS, CA
"Hey there, how are you doin man, just wanted to say that i miss long beach and i miss your bar as well i used to live on obispo street, now i live in post falls , idaho and i miss all the scene in california , keep up the dedicated will to keeping this bar up and going in its original state, see ya,"
POST FALLS, ID
"I started coming in to your tavern when I got out of the Navy in 1962. Since I'm living in Oregon I only get to visit once in a while now, although I will be moving south when I retire next Feb. Looking forward to a few cold ones among friends. My family actually has quite a history with you. My uncle, Jim Loughran, was a close friend of Joe's many years before I first came in."
"Hello Joes! I was born and raised in Long Beach (the shores) and had my first 'Special' back in the early 60's. My Dad and Grandpa would take me there after racing at Ascot Park. When I think back, cokes were a dime and a special was a quarter or something like that. During the late 80's my son and I would stop there after racing at Ascot. I went there all the time while I was growing up. When 21 came, after work on the way home from Signal Hill, I'd stop in for a schooner of Pabst. Many a good Schooner, special, and eggs did I enjoy! The ambience was always great! I remember the attempt of a 2nd Joes downtown, but nothing is ever as good as the original. My wife, kids and I relocated to WA just outside of Olympia back in 92'. We come down every year to visit friends and relative, and when we do, our 1st and last stop is always at Joes, the greatest place in LB to have a good sandwich and a cold beer! Gotta a lot of memories there! I've gotta a great photo coming soon for 'The Wall. I'm sure everyone will enjoy it! Cool website! Keep on keepin' on JoeJosts! Looking forward to another visit soon!"