Ready for this little dime?
If you haven’t heard already, let me introduce you to some SOL Food right across the Golden Gate Bridge.
I know, I know. It’s a bit of a trek for some of us. But trust me. It’s worth it.
This place has 4.5 stars on Yelp + over 1900 reviews.
And I’m JUST hearing of it now. Are you kidding me? I’ve been living under a rock.
I haven’t had THIS amazing Puerto Rican food in a while. Pretty much everything about this place screams authentic. Like. Even the entire building on the outside is painted a bright LIME GREEN, while the interior is whimsically themed with colorful walls, cultural artifacts, and foot traffic.
Speaking of foot traffic. This place is not short of it.
Lines are usually out the door and spilling onto the sidewalk, but don’t worry. It moves fast. You order at the counter, then find a seat anywhere you like. (so make sure you have an idea of what you want to order before you get to the front)
While I was holding down some seats at a communal table, I met some locals who were raving about Sol Food’s famous Pollo al Horno (chicken). They pretty much said that I HAD to try it.
So I did.
The chicken (free range) is suppper moist and brilliantly executed. You get boneless & skinless chicken thighs that are marinated in garlic, oregano, and who knows what else (prob some secret recipe passed down through generations of greatness). Overall, the chicken, rice and beans goes perfectly together.
Most dishes come with your choice of black or pink beans /and / your choice of plantains: sweet or garlic. I can never choose, so I got one of each.
The next “must try” is the Bistek Encebollado (all natural beef), which comes with a large thinly sliced piece of steak with marinated onions, side salad, rice, your choice of beans and plantains. The steak is well seasoned and lightly caramelized from the grill.
Oh. If you’re a spice addict like I am, their hot and sour sauce is to die for. It goes perfectly with pretty much anything here. I thought the flavors of the chicken and steak were even more robust when dipped in the hot sauce. #hotsauceaddict.
Side: They also have a Bistek sandwich that everyone raves about. I’ll have to try it next time.
To wash it all down, we ordered their famous orange mango iced tea & limeade. It’s pretty much heaven on earth, especially on a hot summer day.
So if any of you guys are in search for happiness OR craving some bomb home-style Puerto Rican comfort food, this IS it.
Trust me. Make the trek across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Marin County. You won’t be disappointed.
More on their menu & website HERE.
PS: For those of you who have been here, any recommendations??