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Martinez: Hot Dog Depot--homemade acorn bread, veggie burgers,...


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Martinez: Hot Dog Depot--homemade acorn bread, veggie burgers,...

alfredck | Feb 8, 2009 04:33 PM

While walking along the Martinez waterfront, we spotted this modest restaurant. We would have walked by if not for the signs for homemade acorn bread. Intrigued, we shared a slice. Moist, slightly sweet, with raisins and walnuts, the bread was nourishing and tasty. Slightly nutty without any bitterness from tannins. At $3 a slice, not cheap, but from personal experience, I realize the amount of work it takes to process acorns (shelling, removing the skins, grinding, leaching the tannins...). The extremely nice Korean owner said that she harvested and prepared everything herself. I hadn't realized that Koreans ate acorns, but apparently they use them for noodles and jelly. She also recommended her homemade Veggie burgers; we had one and it was a very nice change from the packaged Garden burgers and Boca burgers you find elsewhere. A mix of vegetables and grains, it was savory and satisfying. She grows the vegetables for the burgers in her garden! We bought half a dozen patties to take home.

All in all a nice, local place, with unique, homemade food (chili and soup as well) made by owners who have been there for 20 years.

And they have good hot dogs, too:

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