We had dinner just 6 days after SOL opened in Cherry Creek. It was jam packed. It's got a great vibe on a warm summer evening. The entire front had windows wide open. We had some trouble getting an order of 4 drinks, but the only reason I bring that up is to say that they handled it gracefully. We didn't get the order during our wait, but when the drinks came to our table they were delivered by the manager who comped them with her apologies. So it was a non-issue.
It's easy to share plates at SOL so we started with "naked guacamole" (bland for my taste) and ceviche (nice balance of citrus and chile, super fresh). Then we shared the sweet potato & black bean taco (our favorite for flavor), grilled fish taco zarandeado taco plate, carnitas street taco plate and the shrimp chile relleno. The relleno had some heat, and while the stuffing was okay, it wasn't the stand-out in the group.
The plain old "slim margarita" (non-organic version) was very fresh, not syrupy or watered down. In fact all the drinks had a kick, which deserves a shout out. Nothing like paying $11-14 for a drink and not getting a buzz. The blackberry ginger margarita got a 9 out of 10 vote, the cucumber jalapeno marg got a thumbs up, but the horchata martini was the big winner. Who knew tequila goes with horchata? We decided this was going to be our new Christmas season drink.
For dessert we had the blondie 'la guera' (probably big enough for 4 people to share) and a dessert that isn't on the menu online. It was served in a terrine and had honey, goat cheese as sort of chocolate custard and who knows what else. Killer! Totally rich. Totally unique.
All the servers were calm, professional and happy in the midst of opening week chaos. So nice to see a new crop of Cherry Creek restaurants arrive. If they're of this caliber RiNo will finally get some competition. Welcome SOL Cocina!
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