Joe’s Special

Also known as a New Joe’s Special or sometimes just Joe, the Joe’s Special is a northern California dish of pan-cooked ground beef with an Italian flair. Add tomato sauce and it becomes a Sloppy Joe. Add anchovies, olives, and capers and it’s a Sicilian Joe. A Joe’s Special always has spinach; indeed, some Joe’s Specials are little more than beef and spinach; but at Original Joe’s in San Jose (since 1956), the modern archetype of the dish also includes onions and eggs and, optionally, mushrooms.


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