For those of you from the Mid West who think the Bay area’s food scene is comprised of Chez Panisse and micro greens, Check this review out….
The Deep-Fried Twinkie and Pastrami Shop.
Having garnered a local cult following, this guilty pleasure occupies two corners of the convenience store at a Valero station that sells Fremont’s lowest cost gas. Its menu includes deep-fried hot dogs and sandwiches, deep-fried Hostess treats, and deep-fried cookies. Some customers bring over their convenience- store purchases for a quick fat- bath.
From Whole Foods,say,or even Trader Joe’s this is another universe, where Hostess cupcakes are dipped not entirely into batter, then fried such that their distinctive chocolate-with-white- squiggle frosting stays untouched. Deep-fried, a Twinkie loses the angle-cake lightness that was once its signal quality and becomes something darker, something loaded.
Owner Steve Yankos and his family make their batter, chili, gravy, and more, and give deep-fried cuisine a certain dignity.
Not everything here is deep-fried(although the bacon wrapped hot dog is): Hot and cold sandwiches abound, but vegetarians are out of luck.
As the contemporary philosopher, Joey Soprano has stated, You can’t make up this kinda shit ...