Los Fogones, (Peruvian) Goldsboro, NC
Well-recommended by a friend and local press, the new Los Fogones Peruvian restaurant, just off of Business Highway 70/Ash Street at 209 S. Berkeley Boulevard (near the air base's main gate) in Goldsboro, is a winner, and we thoroughly enjoyed our late dinner this past Thursday night. The friendly owner, Carlos, came to Goldsboro from Maryland, and has found a warm welcome and popularity, deservedly so. To start, Carlos suggested Franca beers, from Peru, and we loved 'em. He says even the Bud Light fans now prefer the Franca. We then considered the Parrillada Carlos, but chose the (slightly) smaller Los Fogones Parrillada, which omitted the lamb. It included 1/2 of a marinated, juicy chicken (grilled on imported Argentinian charcoal, for the extra flavor), 1/2 rack of pork ribs, falling-off-the-bone tender, and delicious, as was the chicken. As well, there were two chewy pork filets, and a small rib-eye, grilled rare to order, and a plump chorizo, all tasty too. Sides were sweet potato fries and Tacu Tacu rice and beans, both gobbled greeedily. Carlos then brought out three sauces, the chimichurri and "hot" sauce being our favorites. Lots of protein and carbs, to be sure, but all quite fresh-tasting and authentic. In discussing the menu and specials, Carlos even said he'd whip up a special-order lamb-shank sambuca, given enough notice, so my brother wrote down his name and phone number, asking, "How many would you like to feed?" Eight, said Carlos, so that'll happen sometime soon. On the way home, we raved.