Martinez: Hot Dog Depot--homemade acorn bread, veggie burgers,...
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:
Thanks for the tip about the acorn bread. Yes, I like their hot dogs a lot. Very nice people too. One of these days I'll try their bread pudding
Hot Dog Depot & Bakery
400 Ferry St, Martinez, CA
I am glad Sue's baking skills received some attention here. I work around the corner and eat there regularly and love their acorn bread. I created the sign you saw in the window and am a huge fan of this understated restaurant which serves much more than hot dogs. You can also order the acorn bread by the loaf. Sue says the process is laborious, and her husband, Chin, says it's loud (all the grinding).