Hot tip from wolfe: The Compass Star Café, which cures its own meats, makes superb pastrami. How good? Better than Stag’s Lunchette, better than a Roberts imported naval cut, and so good that his wife kept most of it to herself. Smart woman.

The Compass Star Café [East Bay]
915 Main Street, Martinez

Discuss: Martinez: Just in, Beaver dam still there and Compass Star makes damn good corned beef and pastrami sandwiches.

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