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La Fogata, Old Town Salinas

Melanie Wong | May 1, 200303:52 AM

Chibi and her husband swung by Easter Sunday on their way back to Tokyo to have lunch with my brother and me in Salinas. She’d been craving tortillas and menudo, which apparently are not easily found in Japan. (g)

Our favorite handmade corn tortillas are found at La Fogata on Main St. in Old Town. Also, I thought it would be kick to bring them here as the owner is Okinawan-Mexican. As you can see from sign in the window depicted below, he welcomes Japanese people to his restaurant.

We shared menudo, birria de chivo, tacos de lengua, sopes de carne molida, and a tostada de cuerito (pickled pork skin). The sopes were wonderful as ever (see link below), the tostada was fresh as a breeze with just the right proportions, and the tongue on those soft and pillowy tortillas was a bit chewier this time. I thought the birria was excellent with tender young kid and a bit of soft cartilage in a rounded and deep roasted chili sauce with toasted corn notes. The menudo was good, but not the best, lacking a bit of depth and viscosity. We loved the accompanying very corn-y tortillas, and when our server saw how much we enjoyed them, brought us another round.

And, Chibi did think it was fun to be welcomed in Japanese in a Mexican restaurant in Salinas.



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