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Pinole - Moondoggies – Miller Hot Dogs & Elvis

Krys | Mar 4, 200501:08 AM

NOT the Connecticut Millers dogs in case that catches anyone’s attention. This dog is made by the Miller Packing Company of Oakland. This is the dog that is sold at the Oakland Coliseum sporting events.

Miller’s seems to have cornered the market in this section of the East Bay. Having sampled the hot dog elsewhere, I tried the Polish sausage. I have to say, I am just not a fan of Miller’s. A skinless Polish dog is just wrong. This had nothing to do with Polish food. No problem with the preparation, just don’t like that product.

Moondoggies also has house made soup, salads and wraps which are better choices, IMO. However, lots of people were ordering the dogs. There are smoothies and about a dozen flavors of Bud’s Ice Cream. The freezer recently broke down, so temporarily there is no ice cream.

The minestrone was nice enough, pasta based with diced carrots, potatoes and a number of other veggies. The chicken tortilla was filled with black beans, tortilla chips pieces, tomatoes, diced peppers, cheese and chicken. They are decent soups.

There are also churros, kept warm under lights in a glass case. Sandwiches are pretty standard with the following choice of fillings: turkey, ham, salami, egg salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, American cheese, Provolone or Swiss. The choice of breads includes white, wheat and sour dough.

Salads include Chef, spinach, BLT and Caesar. Same flavors for wraps. No fries, but another area standard – Dirty Potato Chips.

There are some framed Honeymooners memorabilia, but the true focus of the décor is Elvis. This is a restaurant decorated by a true fan.

This isn’t Hard Rock Café’s decorating theme. It is someone who met and even kissed Elvis and has signed framed photos, yellowing news articles, posters, records and other memorabilia. At the far end of the restaurant is one of my favorite posters, Hoppers “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.

There is a juke box in the corner that has an eclectic selection of records everything from Tina Turner’s ‘Private Dancer’ to the Mermaids ‘Popsicles and Icicles’. There are not as many Elvis songs as one would think, but most of the music dates from that era,

White Christmas lights were hung on the walls. This seems to be a Pinole restaurant decorating statement.

There are some tables inside and a few picnic tables in the parking lot. It is located at the entrance to Fernandez Park which seems a pleasant place to eat a sandwich. Moondoggies is a cheerful place with a friendly staff and good basic food.

“You can’t beat our weinnnies” is on Moondoggies business card.

2432 San Pablo Avenue
Pinole, CA 94564-1772
Phone: (510) 724-4550


Closed Sunday
11 – 4:30 Monday – Friday
11 – 4 Saturday


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