I have to be in the mood for Mexican. It's one of those types of food I don't seek out very often, but really enjoy when I splurge and eat it. A few Fridays ago, my boyfriend Geoffrey and I decided to go to Sole for dinner (another choice as a result of the Buffalo Dining Cards). It was my first time there, but Geoffrey had been there once a few years prior.
We made it in time for "Happy Hour" and enjoyed two for one margaritas. They were absolutely awesome, and with the salsa and chips they brought to the table, we easily went through our drinks and two bowls of chips (opps!) before any of our food came.
For our meals we ordered the Croquetas ($9), the Tierra y Mar salad ($15) and Pork Pulled Enchiladas ($18) to share. The croquetas are a manchengo & potato croqueta served with saffron ailoi. They were absolutely outstanding and a great starter. The ailoi sauce they came with was so delicious and really made the dish. I may or may not have scooped out what was left of the sauce and just ate that.
Our Tierra y Mar salad was really good too. It came with grilled steak and shrimp, which were both cooked and seasoned well, and then also had onion, tomatoes, black beans, corn, gorgonzola cheese and creamy avocado dressing. The corn in the salad really made it, although I could have done without the black beans.
I was pretty stoked for the pulled pork enchiladas, sine I kinda have a thing for pulled pork, and they didn't disappoint. They were tasty and filling and really hit the spot. My only gripe about the whole meal was the rice that came with the enchiladas. It was very overcooked and was probably sitting under a heat lamp prior to arriving at the table. It was dried out and my least favorite part about the meal.
The decor is fun and inviting and they have seating options both downstairs and upstairs. We were seated upstairs. It was plenty busy on the Friday night we were there, but we didn't have to wait for a table, and our food came out promptly throughout the night.
The owner was in the house and was stopping by all the tables to see how our meals were. I really appreciate when owners/managers do this and was happy to see this. The entire staff was friendly and fun, and enhanced our dining experience.
Sole is located at 810 Elmwood Avenue (street parking only) and they are open 7 days a week, also serving a Sunday brunch. They are open for lunch everyday but Monday (when they open at 4:30pm). They also have a private room that they use for parties and events. It can seat up to 200 people.
We were both really happy with our meal and left there satisfied and able to add another Buffalo hot spot to our dining sheet for future outings. One thing we didn't end up getting that night, but Geoffrey had prior, was the tableside guacamole that is made on the spot for your table. He (and almost everyone I talked to about Sole) said it is a must have. It's definitely a reason to get back there soon.
If you are craving Mexican, or could eat it everyday, Sole should be on your list of places to try. You will have " una comida agradable"!
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