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La Fogata: Delicious Fresh, Clean Colombian in White Plains


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La Fogata: Delicious Fresh, Clean Colombian in White Plains

MaxineMiller | Mar 13, 2005 08:10 PM

It's so great to have found what we ususally schlep out to Queens for, in our own backyard. In White Plains.

I think the guys who brought us Tango Grill opened this fantastic spot.

Wonderful fresh, clean Columbian food in great environment. A nice Jewish girl from Scarsdale, I have been a Big fan of Cuchifrito-style dining after living in Upper Manhattan while teaching at Columbia...what's spectacular about this place is that its spotless.

Yes, pork cracklin' chicharrones hang from the window, and fried yucca are stacked elegantly on porcelain plates, plantain guineos are beautifully stuffed with moist ground round...and everything is delicious.

The arepas are made the way they are supposed to be: plain, bland, so you can enjoy the dry, subtle flavors of white corn. Not your usual greasy arepas, over-sweet and smothered with cheese.

The roast chicken I had was phenomenal. Nice smoky flavor, nice boiled potatos (Colombian style) a simple, subtle touch. The picante was chock full of fresh garlic and recaito, cilantro and a hint of achote. Nothing is over done at this place. Served with the perfect spanish style (mildly al dente) white rice, and red beans so plump, you would think they were pregnant. I think it was a very reasonable $8.

The bandeja platters come with rice, beans, freshly fried chicharrones that have a nice chewy texture without tasting of all that lard -- their fabulous roast chicken, and nicely grilled flank steak (perfectly seasoned - -again) and a sunny side egg atop a mound of white rice in true Colombian fashion.

I can't say enough nice things about this place. Except for the fact that we didnt have room for dessert!

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