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Lunch Specials at La Fogata, Salinas


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Lunch Specials at La Fogata, Salinas

Melanie Wong | | Apr 26, 2006 01:31 AM

A couple weeks ago my parents and I had lunch at La Fogata. Walking up to the front door, my dad stopped suddenly. I thought something was wrong or that he might be feeling dizzy and grabbed ahold of him. Then he asked me what day of the week it was and pointed to the sandwich board sign on the sidewalk promoting day of the week $5.99 lunch specials here! Available every week day is a two enchilada plate, 1/2 order of chile verde, or 1/2 order of chile colorado, plus a different combo plate. On Thursday, the combo is a sope and a mini-chimichanga.

Mom and Dad each ordered the chile verde plate. It was just the right amount for each of them, along with a stack of freshly handmade corn tortillas. Very tender even though somewhat lean chunks of pork bathed in a piquant sauce that veered to the brownish side of green. But with that extra color pickup came more complexity and depth of flavor. The rice is still so-so, however, the beans are lusciously creamy with some bits of near whole beans.

I had the combo plate ordering the sope de carne molida (filled with ground beef and succotash) and the mini-chimichanga filled with more of that delectable chile verde pork. The sope has been one of my favorite bites in a lifetime and I was glad I could snap of photo of it in natural light to show the paper-thin, see-through delicate corn shell. The chimichanga was also very good albeit quite filling with its fried shell and topping of guacamole (and sour cream that I pushed aside). The chile verde filling was laced with melted Monterey jack cheese which added to the richness.

The service was as personable as ever and speedy for the lunch time business crowd. The Okinawan-Mexican owner was away in Japan for vacation, but things were humming along just fine in his absence.



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