Passing through Vallejo last week, I stopped at La Fogata for a snack. It offers table service. Theres also a busy counter for take-out orders where you can peek into the kitchen to see and hear the gentle patting of handmade tortillas and pupusas.
Here one can order a single pupusa rather than a minimum of a pair. Just as well, as the pupusa de revuelta ($1.50) was okay but not as good as the two other places in town (link below). The corn cake was fresh and tender but lacked the little bit of chewy elasticity. The revuelta mix was mostly cheese with little pork or beans, and therefore, not as tasty. The red sauce was bland and the curtido lacked zip.
Better were the atole de elote ($3.00), served in as soup bowl to be eaten with a spoon, and the nuegado ($1.50). With the texture of a thin, hot pudding, the milky liquid atole was dotted with kernels of corn and scented with cinnamon. It had a soothing, comforting quality that I enjoyed even more reheated for breakfast the next day.
The nuegado, shown below, was a new one for me. The deep-fried patties made from yucca and cheese had the chewy texture of mochi with some crisp edges. Doused with brown sugar syrup flavored with cinnamon, theyre sweet, salty and savory.
La Fogata Restaurant
Salvadorean & Mexican Cuisine
2428 Sonoma Blvd.