Organic, wild caught, locally sourced, pasture raised and progressive. What do all of these terms have in common? What about scratch-made, healing, gluten free and refined sugar free? Not only are they health centered buzz words heard with a lot more frequency in today’s dining scene, but they’re also the norm, as far as the food is concerned, at the newly opened Sōl Bistro.
While one of the main focuses at Sōl is health forward foods, you’re certain to find much more than just a salad on the menu. In fact, Sōl deems their cuisine as elevated comfort food. You can expect to find dishes on the menu like lasagna, hardy soups, steak and even options for vegans, like the seasonal bowl and vegan nibble board.
Sōl has only been open for a few weeks now and is located near the crossing of 3rd Ave S and 22nd St S – a stone’s throw away from 3 Daughter’s Brewing. There is parking for the restaurant available along 22nd street. Our first time to Sōl was on a busy Friday evening at prime dinner time and we didn’t have any issues finding a spot whatsoever.
Right now, Sōl is operating on a reservation only basis with seating available both inside and out. When making your reservation you can select which seating option you prefer. We opted to sit outside for our first reservation. It was a chillier evening unfortunately, but we were still comfortable. The outside area consists of a handful of tables situated on the patio area. Each table is delicately set and faintly illuminated which sets an intimate mood.
On our second trip to Sōl the next week, we chose to experience our meal inside as we had not seen much of the interior yet. The place is quite small, yet quaint and ambient. Six tables with four seats each line both sides of the interior walls with whimsical light fixtures dangling from above. The vibe is warm and comforting – which precisely mimics the food coming out of the kitchen at Sōl.
The menu is not large, but that is due to the emphasis that they place on sourcing premium ingredients. They don’t sacrifice quality just for the sake of keeping something on the menu. For example, the second evening that we dined at the bistro, the Tomato Soup and Truffle Grilled Cheese was not available due to a lack of tomatoes. Instead, the kitchen pivoted and prepared a soul-soothing pasture-raised chicken soup that was was simply spectacular.
There are six shareable/soup/salad options, four entrees, as well as dessert, coffee, tea, wine and beer. Portions were generous without being too overwhelming and every dish was beautifully and thoughtfully presented. Both times that we dined at Sōl the staff was kind enough to mention that items may take a bit longer to arrive, which is often expected with new restaurants while they find their flow. Much to our surprise, every item that we ordered during both of our visits arrived in a very timely manner – quite quickly, in fact. The kitchen and our fantastic server, Corey, dispatched everything to us elegantly during each of our visits.
Prior to visiting the restaurant for the first time, we did not glance over the menu so it was a complete surprise upon arrival. In typical fashion, we were immediately drawn to to the Nibble Board, which is basically their rendition of a cheese board. It is a lovely arrangement of the Chef’s selection of goat and sheep cheeses and locally sourced pairings. The entire spread was a delightful start to our dinner. The size is idyllic for sharing between two and won’t make you too full too quick.
On this same evening, I enjoyed a Coconut Curry and my husband opted for the Lasagna as he often does when it’s listed on a menu. The luscious Lasagna’s heart and soul is the turkey bolognese sauce while the house blended sheep and goat ricotta and brown rice noodles help to seal the deal. He (we) ate every last bite. It was the perfect dish to enjoy with a glass of red outside on a chilly winter Friday evening in Florida.
As I mentioned above, while my husband devoured the lasagna, I enjoyed the Coconut Curry. This was a feature on the menu that evening. In its place currently is the seasonal bowl. The curry that I had was tasty and much different than what I’m used to. I was expecting more spice and bold flavor; however, this version was much lighter and brighter.
Our second visit to Sōl was on a gloomy and brisk Wednesday evening and we 100% had soup on the brain. Earlier I talked about the absolutely divine pasture-raised chicken soup that the kitchen prepared in lieu of the usual Tomato Soup. But I haven’t yet raved about the Creamy Roasted Sweet Potato Soup that we totally fell in love with. Being that it’s a pureed soup without much texture, I may have had my doubts, but this soup is one of my favorite things on the menu. It’s served with basil pesto and micro greens in a large bowl. It is soothing, robust and bursting with flavor. I cannot recommend this one enough.
A salad sounded like the perfect pairing to our soups so we opted to split one. Good thing we did because the Chill Sōl salad was larger than we expected. It definitely would’ve been enough for a meal for me, but ended up being the right amount to split. Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, shaved Pecorino Romano and aged balsamic vinaigrette with an option to add on chicken breast for $4.00 – it’s tough to go wrong with a stellar combination like that.
Overall, Sōl adds an uplifting vibe and thoughtful farm-to-table dining experience to the area. To try it for yourself, head to their website here to make your reservation.
Our passion is crafting elevated comfort food that arouses emotion and nostalgia, organically.