Sol: A Restaurant Review

By on 25 May, 2017 in Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

One Thursday a month we attend the meeting of our local Sierra Club chapter. They meet out at Aldersgate Methodist church at 6:30 on the third Thursday of the month, so we try to plan our dinner around the meeting. Sometimes this means that we eat over on that side of town. There’s lots of good stuff on the way, including great Korean food. But the last two times we’ve stopped at Sol out on the Atlanta Highway where Head Elementary School used to be. And both times we’ve been happy we did.

Although it’s a new place in a strip mall, Sol is warm and bustling, with servers highly engaged and food and drinks moving at a rapid pace. The complimentary salsa is actually nice and hot, though it is highly pureed, and could use a chunk of fresh tomato or two. The food is reliably fresh-tasting and not greasy. The first time we ate there, we had the vegetarian fajitas and the huevos rancheros. The fajitas were great, not at all oily, and full of variety. Heuvos are generally hard to mess up (eggs, beans, tortillas), but these were among the best we’ve had in town. The leftover fajitas made an appearance in weekend omelettes. The guacamole was good, too, and the chips weren’t so thin that they couldn’t stand up to the dip. A solid experience, meriting a repeat visit.

Next time it was packed, and we sat at the bar. They’ve got a nice selection of tequila, and overall they’ve done a nice job of continuing to refine and improve the experience, despite the incredible popularity that they seem to be enjoying. We got the vegetarian burrito and the Eggs Mexicana. The burrito might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s full of what tasted like fresh vegetables served beneath a cheese sauce that manages not to be too cloying. As for the Eggs Mexicana, they were as good as any we were served on a recent trip to the Rio Grande Valley. Served with warm tortillas, they’re laced with jalapenos to make them nice and spicy. And you really get a lot of food for your money. It’s easy to get out of Sol for under $30, even if one of you orders a beer. And, unlike many other restaurants like it, Sol doesn’t make you feel greasy and full of regret.

Although our nearest (and favorite) Tex-Mex place is El Rey, which can’t reasonably be compared to anything, Midtown residents would do well to keep in mind the popular offerings out at Sol, which is both affordable and delicious.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with two cats, a dog, 18 fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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