What with today's headline SIZE MATTERS in the Star Tribune's taste section (another preaching-to-the-converted expose on obesity) it seems timely to mention one of several downtown tapas restaurants which have recently opened. Solera is about three weeks old, and I found the food, service, and atmosphere all to be excellent. I started on the calamari with breaded olives and a red paprika aioli, which went well with the summer wheat beer by Bell's on tap. Then I proceeded to the ham and cheese croquetas, which seemed more weighted toward cheese than ham but that's a minor matter. For the two cold appetizers, I sampled the smoked salmon with a salty translucent orange roe and a fresh cream-based concoction (creme fraiche? I don't know). Then for "dessert" of sorts I had the goat cheese fritters with honey and caramelized onions. The last two appetizers were paired with Pilsner Urquell on tap.
The restaurant serves a dessert menu, which I will order from on a later visit.