Jongewaard’s Bake and Broil: A Staple of Bixby Since 1969
2010-09-30 · By Chandra Clewley
There are different pockets of Long Beach, and sometimes all it takes is a trip in the other direction to find something that you had no idea existed! We were driving down Atlantic Avenue awhile back, looking for a store over in the area, and I started to realize that this was a part of Long Beach I had yet to really discover. Yes, I have eaten at a few of the restaurants over there, but nothing had really stood out to me. I noticed two places that I wanted to try, and I wrote down the names for a later date.
Jongewaard’s Bake and Broil was one of these two places. The name may completely throw you off. At first, I thought it might be an Indian or Middle Eastern place, but the crowd bursting out of the front door and waiting to eat during Sunday brunch led me to believe it must be something different. And what does Bake and Broil mean? Was it seafood?
It turns out I was way off. Jongewaard’s Bake and Broil has been a Bixby Knolls staple since 1969 and they serve classic comfort food that is surprisingly still excellent after so many years! When you walk into the restaurant, it does not seem stale in the least, most likely due to the fact that the restaurant has stayed up on remodels, and is clean and tidy. The first thing I noticed was the baked goods, as we waited for a seat. The wait was relatively short but we were there at 2 p.m. on a Sunday, when most restaurants have already finished their rush and are ghost towns. We waited about 15 minutes, and as we did, I must have seen 7 cakes go by…yum!
Both my husband and I decided to try omelets; I stuck with the Bacon, Avocado, and Cheddar Cheese while he ordered the Spinach, Mushroom, Chives and Jack Cheese. They were both served with a choice of hash browns, or seasoned hash browns. I ordered the seasoned hash browns which turned out to be close to home fries, with green peppers and onions going through them. I also ordered the squaw bread because you can hardly ever find it, and a side of the lemon blueberry pancakes that were amazing. The food was comforting, fresh, and just plain delicious. I have since returned, for lunch, just to make sure that it is as delicious as I remembered, and we ordered the Old Fashioned Roast Beef Sandwich with mashed potatoes and the Sourdough with Roast Beef which was incredible. I also have tried a slice of their famous Red Velvet cake and can attest to the semi-sweet richness of the cake mixed with the nutty cream cheese of the icing as being simply decadent.
There are about 20 other things I want to try on the menu still, including the Chicken Pot Pie and the German Chocolate Cake! Yum!
Be prepared to wait at Jongewaard’s Bake and Broil, but never more than 15-20 minutes. There is a counter too, for those dining solo or in a rush. Also, be prepared to seat yourself when your name is called. The hostess will let you know where your seat is, but it is up to you to escort yourself there. Once seated, the service is excellent.
Jongewaard’s Bake and Broil is located at 3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach Ca, and you can reach them at (562) 595-0396. They are open Monday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.