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New Joe Special

I won't get into the complete genealogy of the New Joe Special (because I cannot; it's too confusing), but the most credible tale of its origin is that it was invented late one night at San Francisco's New Joe's Restaurant to feed a hungry musician who ordered a spinach omelet but asked the chef if he could add anything to make his eggs more substantial. The chef said he had some hamburger meat left over from dinner hour. Now, all around the Bay Area, you will find menus that list Original Joes, New Joes, Baby Joes, and just plain Joes, all of which are a variation of the skillet meal that includes ground beef, spinach, and eggs. We like it at Original Joe's in San Jose (since 1956), where it is called the Joe's Special and the menu alerts customers, "We are not associated with any other 'Joe's' restaurants."

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 pound lean ground beef
2/3 cup cooked spinach, drained
2 eggs, beaten


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a heavy skillet. Cook the garlic until it begins to soften, then stir in the beef and worry it as it cooks so it stays loose.
  2. When the beef is browned, push it to the side of the pan. Add the beaten eggs and spinach to the center of the pan. As the eggs begin to set, scramble them with the spinach, then stir in the beef.
  3. When the eggs are fully cooked, move the scramble from the pan to a warm plate.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fresh sliced tomatoes and French bread.
Recipe photo of New Joe Special

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