Frank Martinez, owner of Spanky’s Wieners, makes a Spanky’s Supreme Dog Nov. 15, 2022 in Turlock, Calif.

Opening of new restaurants specializing in hot dogs and chicharrones in Turlock CA

Frank Martinez, owner of Spanky's Wieners, makes a Spanky's Supreme Dog on November 15, 2022 in Turlock, California.

Frank Martinez, proprietor of Spanky’s Wieners, makes a Spanky’s Supreme Canine on November 15, 2022 in Turlock, California.

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Two specialty eating places with enjoyable and catchy, if not a bit risque, names have opened in Turlock.

However they each serve the sorts of consolation meals that entice followers from all corners of life. Porky Wowa brand new ghost kitchen with confit pork, and Wieners Spankya brand new scorching pet food trailer, each of which launched just lately and have already discovered loyal prospects.

The primary makes a speciality of making meaty chicharrones or fried pork stomach. The latter sells loaded scorching canine, with a superb facet of humor.

Porky Wow has been working since mid-September since mid-September from the busy Turlock meals truck station on Kilroy Highway. The Ghost Kitchen (a industrial restaurant with no eating room) gives on-site pickup and supply via the third-party app DoorDash. Modesto resident and proprietor Fabricio Bernal began with a plan to create a chicharron manufacturing facility within the valley and opened Porky Wow as a proof of idea.

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Maggy Bernal, spouse of Porky Wow proprietor Fabricio Bernal, cuts chicharrones for tacos in Turlock, California on November 16, 2022. Marijke Rowland [email protected]

The thought got here to him through the pandemic, after he was laid off from his job at Hispanic specialty snack producer Gaytan Meals. About two years in the past, he developed his proprietary cooking technique via the enterprise incubator on the College of California, Merced.

His final objective is to open a large-scale manufacturing facility within the area to provide the chicharrones for wholesale distribution as a hen wing and different appetizer various for eating places. The fried pork deal with is already a favourite snack among the many Latino group, and Bernal mentioned he wished to deliver high-quality chicharrones to the lots.

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Fabricio Bernal, proprietor of Porky Wow, holds one among his chicharrones in Turlock, Calif., on November 16, 2022. Marijke Rowland [email protected]

For now, his operation may be very small, only a commissioner’s room stuffed with kitchen tools and occupied by his household – his spouse Maggy, daughter Kayra and son Fabricio Jr. However they may quickly increase to a meals truck that Bernal just lately bought.

He hopes the truck might be operational in Denair in December to offer extra individuals the possibility to attempt their meals. Its cooking course of turns giant squares of meaty pork stomach into snacks which are crispy on the skin and chewy on the within. The items are then frozen to be cooked on demand.

The Porky Wow menu is straightforward and, because the title suggests, very pork heavy. His crunchy chicharrones are served on their very own, in a trio of tacos, or with bread (all for $12.99 every). As soon as the meals truck opens, they plan so as to add ribs, additionally cooked with Bernal’s identical secret method, and vacuum-packed pulled pork.

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Tacos Chicharrones from the brand new ghost kitchen Turlock Porky Wow. Marijke Rowland [email protected]

After a rocky begin — the primary week they’d no prospects — Bernal mentioned they’ve attracted regulars and hopes the meals truck will increase its attain.

“Oh yeah, that is good,” mentioned Romulo Escobar, who dropped by for lunch just lately. “It is a deal with. And one thing that goes very properly with beer.

Porky Wow, at 145 S Kilroy Highway in Turlock, is open from 11 a.m. to six.30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. To order, go to or name 209-585 0424.

Throughout city, behind the Garton Tractor complicated, is Turlock’s model new meals trailer. Spanky’s Wieners could have a considerably NSFW title, nevertheless it serves American favorites after which some. Frank Martinez, a long-time worker of Hilmar Cheese, is the originator of the corporate with the cheeky title.

Nevertheless it wasn’t simply named Spanky’s for the giggles. As a substitute, it was the Delhi resident’s nickname for years. Though he is aware of the title is sort of an excessive amount of to print in a household newspaper, he mentioned he hopes individuals strategy his enterprise with a superb humorousness and a smile as a substitute.

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An Elote Dawy from Spanky’s Wieners, a brand new scorching pet food truck in Turlock, California. Marijke Rowland [email protected]

“I used ‘sausages’ as a substitute of ‘franks’ to push the envelope a bit and have enjoyable,” he mentioned. “I wished individuals to recollect the title. And I believe if you cannot have a superb chortle in life, what do you do?

Whereas his title is likely to be enjoyable and humorous, his scorching canine are not any joke. Quarter pound beef franks are completely full of toppings. They’re knife-and-fork canine, from his Spanky’s Supreme (very like a cheesesteak scorching canine with carne asada, grilled onions, inexperienced peppers, and nacho cheese sauce) to his Elote Dawg (topped with corn, mayo, cotija cheese and chilli powder).

It has a few dozen totally different gives, all from $7 to $10 every. Its sides are at present restricted, however with loaded hounds like this, you in all probability will not want it. The one canine ​​not all beef he sells is the casper dogwhich makes use of the Snappy Frank signature made well-known by the East Bay scorching canine chain.

The custom-built 19ft trailer has been on web site at a small retail complicated on Walnut Highway since early October. Martinez mentioned the liberty of getting a meals truck appealed to him after working for 15 years in water therapy on the Hilmar cheese manufacturing facility. He had dreamed of getting a meals truck for years, then bought critical late final 12 months and purchased the trailer final February.

He mentioned he did not initially envision it as a scorching canine enterprise, however after performing some analysis, he realized town already had 41 registered taco vehicles. So to face out, he went with everybody’s favourite baseball stadium or a picnic snack as a substitute.

Martinez holds the trailer solo, with assist from her fiancé on the weekends. He hopes to deliver the truck to the pageant circuit this summer season.

Spanky’s Wieners, at 2370 N. Walnut Highway, is open 10:30 a.m. to five:30 p.m. Tuesday via Saturday. For extra info, go to

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Frank Martinez, proprietor of Spanky’s Wieners, in Turlock, Calif. on Nov. 15, 2022. Marijke Rowland [email protected]
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Fabricio Bernal, proprietor of Porky Wow, places chicharrones in an oven for a flash bake in Turlock, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2022. Marijke Rowland [email protected]

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Marijke Rowland writes about new industrial, restaurant and retail developments. She has labored with The Modesto Bee since 1997 and covers quite a lot of matters together with arts and leisure. His Enterprise Beat column airs a number of occasions every week. And it is pronounced Mar-eye-ke.
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