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BigE | | Feb 20, 2013 10:30 AM

Made a trip to Solera on Saturday night (dinner before 'The Book of Mormon', which was awesome...), first time in a few years. No more tapas bar, where I used to semi-frequent for late night happy hour :(

Anyways, quite a few dishes were ordered between me and my two dining companions:

-Beets - OK, they never really wow me, but these were fine.
-Brussel sprouts - Halved, seared, and served with bacon. Very good.
-Piquillo peppers - Filled with goat cheese and garlic butter. Excellent.

-Mussels - Served in a charred fennel/chorizo broth. The mussels themselves were good, then broth is outstanding. This dish requires its own basket of bread.
-Pulpo (Octopus) - Grilled, served with chickpeas. Outstanding flavor, scant portion.

-Lamb stew - More like braised lamb with a rolled slice of cucumber full of sauce. Again, very good flavors.
-Lomo de Cerdo - Far and away the highlight of the meal. Two ~3/4" slices of pork tenderloin, cooked med/med rare. So good, we ordered it twice. Absolutely worth the visit all on its own.

We also got the 3 sorbet tasting for dessert. I can't remember the first one, but the other flavors on offer were red wine pear, and passion fruit with habanero. This was really great. Started sweet and slightly tart and really built some heat. I love that combination so made me yearn for the days of the Red Hot Passion (Maker's Mark + chili-infused passion fruit syrup) at Chamber's.

Anyways, a pretty nice visit. Fun spot for a group to try a bunch of things for a relatively low price. We were stuffed for ~$30 a head.

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