Yesterday, Cowbot and I were in Newberry County, SC. We're building a home there and were meeting with some contractors. We had lunch at La Fogata Mexican Restaruant in Newberry.
Understand that I'm a 'Hound from waaaayyy back. I helped start both the Los Angeles and Houston Chowhound groups and hope to get some in-person action going with 'Hounds in mid-South Carolina once I move here. I grew up in Southern California so I've eaten a fair amount of Mexican food -- both in restaurants and in the homes of friends. My expectations of La Fogata, evidently a local chain, were not high.
I was pleasantly surprised. Much of the food was pre-made and that part wasn't so good (crispy taco shells, tortilla chips and guacamole). But the hot food was tasty and had a bit of a kick to it. The service was friendly and prompt. The other guests seemed to be enjoying their meals as well. I have to say it's closer to Tex-Mex that to the Baja/Sonora cuisine of my youth. But all in all the experience is one we will repeat.
La Fogata Mexican Restaurant
2824 Main Street
Newberry, SC 29108-4134
1475 Pearman Dairy Rd, Anderson, SC 29625