Family of 4 Foodies
Greetings from an average family of four who happen to be TOTAL FOODIES. (Foodies. [foo-dees] Plural noun, defined by Wikipedia as a particular class of aficionados of food.) Foodies differ from gourmets in that gourmets are epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies – like us – are amateurs who simply LOVE food for consumption, study, preparation, and news. Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the very ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food.
It is not uncommon to hear of folks traveling away from Kenosha in search of a great meal. We are defiantly culprits ourselves, driving many miles (sometimes hours) to satisfy a hankering for this, that or the other. Alas, we have made it our mission for 2011 to try more local eats__and so we thought, “Hey – why not share the adventure?” We usually dine with our two children – ages 8 and 12, but we have been known to sneak off for a quiet adult lunch while they are at school. With this, you can expect to get lots of opinions (did I mention that we are very opinionated) from our sometimes widely varying perspectives.
3300 Sheridan Road
What the Fork?
Family of 4 Foodies rates on a scale of 0 to 4 forks, each foodie family member dining votes equally.
Our first stop on this journey was La Fogata (which means campfire in Spanish) a brand new Mexican Grill located at 3300 Sheridan Road. Pulling on the massive wood door to enter, we could tell the renovation would be notable.
That first impression was spot on – the place looked great. We were greeted and seated quickly at a nice booth_we love booths. A basket of thin, salted tortilla chips along with mild salsa were set before us as we ordered drinks_we all dove right in. For an aperitivo (appetizer) it was a no-brainer…we ordered guacamole – which was made to order the mortar and pestle way, which of course means that the seasonings were pulverized, infusing the avocado while making it super smooth with fresh onions, tomatoes and cilantro. The four of us polished off three baskets of chips_quickly scooping into the guac and salsa before our entrees arrived. Hubby got the carnitas de Puerco (pork in little pieces) burrito. The kids got beef and carne asada tacos. I got the grilled skirt steak fajitas. All the meals come with your choice of beans & rice or spicy fries (which incidentally, are not spicy at all – just seasoned and yummy.) Everyone loved their dishes, but my fajitas took the prize_proven by the fact that everyone was eating from my sizzling cast iron pan by the end of the meal. My youngest spotted fried ice cream on the dessert menu early on, so there was no leaving without ordering that.
The only downside to the entire evening was that I hadn’t ordered fried ice cream for myself. Luckily, our waitress Maria had the foresight to bring extra spoons, so I imposed the “mom-tax” and scooped from each of the kids’ bowls to my heart’s content.