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Thinly sliced steak, sautéed onions, avocado, Swiss cheese & garlic mayo
Absolutely stellar food. The bistec sandwich is as good as it gets, though the chicken maintains a solid second place in my book. The service is always on point, and the set-up is both comfortable and casual. I honestly wish I could go more often, but alas, that's what happens when you are le poor. Really looking forward to the day I end up back there, though.
Before leaving Chicago in December 2011, I knew I'd miss my irreplaceable group of awesome friends, epic Lake Michigan sunsets from my condo's balcony, my complicated relationship with Old Man Winter, and maybe even - gasp - the drunken legions of annoying Cubs fans.*
But I didn't consider how I'd long for my beloved jibaritos.
What's a jibarito? It's a sandwich at its very best; supposedly spawned in Puerto Rico and then first exported to Chicago. Fried, flattened plantains (in place of bread) cradle thinly-sliced steak, cheese, garlic aioli, onions, and lettuce. Eating a jibarito is a messy endeavor anyway you slice it; avoiding the grease factor is just an exercise in futility. Ahhh... the textures, the garlic, the richness... it's brilliant.
It just happens that a restaurant in Marin County makes jibaritos! Yes, you read that right: Sol is located in Marin. And while I think I prefer Sol Food's bistec sandwich (it's basically a jibarito plus avocado, as long as you request they put it on tostones instead of bread), I'm just happy that jibaritos are only a short drive over the bridge away.
Oh yeah - don't forget the orange mango iced tea to take the edge off the very necessary hot sauce! And you must finish with the creamy coconut pudding topped with a layer of mango sauce. You came all this way, right? Right.
*Sooo I don't actually miss the drunken legions of annoying Cubs fans.
I Love Sol Food! Have to try it if you are in San Rafael or nearby. Bistec sandwich is super good. The hot sauce in the bottle is so good but takes practice. Can be messy but it's worth getting your hands dirty. Chicken or steak with rice, beans and sweet plantain is delicious too.
Loooove this place!! I love going to "el patio" the ambiance is sooo nice with all the green plants around! Their limeade is sooo delicious and it is sweetly served in a humungo mason jar-coolio style. I have come here times o plenty. The bistec sandwich is divine with fresh avocado, grilled onions and alioli spread!! Mi amiga got the camarones with a little arugula and cuban beans and rice. Cuban beans are so full of flavaaa! We shared everything and i have to say everything complimented one another quite well food de sol is faaaabulous!
Came back for lunch and had the bistec sandwich with a side of beans & rice (extra) for just over $13. The rice and beans were really tasty. The sandwich was good and I saved half of it for later.
I really like the vibe of this place. Casual but with good home-cooked food that comes out quickly.
Sol Food is hands down my favorite place to eat whenever I am home. I always order the bistec sandwich and it never disappoints. While there is usually a little bit of a wait, and sometimes even a line out the door, they have a great system for moving people in and out as quickly as possible. The limeade is also very yummy and is served in large, and cute, mason jars. I have also had the ensalada con pollo and the chicken was cooked perfectly. Always great food, service, and overall experience.
By no means does Sol Food have bad food, but this place is definitely overrated and overpriced. The only time I go there is late at night when nothing else is open and I don't want fast food.
One thing I have noticed is they have improved their meat in the bistec sandwich. This isn't a super recent change but before it was tough and chewy but now it is much more tender.
My favorite thing to order is their pollo al horno. Their chicken is very moist and the flavor is great. The beans mixed with the rice are also great. The only thing I don't enjoy is the salad. The dressing is just basically oil with no real flavor. It tastes like eating greasy leaves. I think they should come up with another optional dressing with more flavor.
I will continue to come here, but only later at night when my options are significantly limited. Their prices are not competitive with other quality restaurants and I feel I can just get as good of a meal other places for about 75% of the price.
I have been dining at Sol Food since 2006 when they were just a hole in the wall.... And I have never been disappointed. This is my favorite restaurant that I've ever been too. Even when I attended college in New York, I still didn't find any place as consistent and wonderful as the quality of the food at this restaurant. I have taken all of my friends here and they are as hooked as I am.
I personally love the Pollo Al Horno plate, but recently I started ordering the Paraiso.... AND I AM OBSESSED WITH IT. The Paraiso is a spin of the popular Bistec sandwich, but it includes Maduros (sweet plantains) inside of the sandwich. I recommend bringing anyone you know here. Keep up the amazing work!!
We need to have one here in Santa Rosa or at least close to Santa Rosa. This place is absolutely amazing. You have to come here at a dead hour (2-4) because if u come for lunch you will have to wait in line and it's hard to find seats. The wait is well worth it. The food just tastes fresh and full of flavor. My favorite part about their food is the vinegar sauce. I douse everything in that. I've tried a lot of things on their menu like the Costillas, Pollo al Horno, Chuletas Fritas, Camarones Criollos, and the Bistec. My favorite thing on the menu that this review is based on is the Costillas, then it would have to b the Chuletas. The Costillas (ribs) fall off the bone but have a little crunchy tender taste to them. It is amazing to dip in the sauce. The garlic rice that it comes with is also what makes the dish and it comes with your choice of beans and plantains. If you are thirsty you must try their Limeade that is a bubbly limeade and fresh squeezed.
Everyone who works here are friendly even though the place is always busy. It isn't quite a sit down take your order restaurant but you go up to the front and register to order your food and pay. This place is hands down my favorite place to go to in San Rafael. Almost every time I pass san Rafael and I haven't eaten I always get something to go from here. Will always come back here for as long as it's opened.
We have been ordering delivery from Sol Food for three years now and it remains one of my favorite spots since moving from Chicago.
Food quality is great, I usually order the cubano or bistec sandwiches.
Their Cuban sandwich is about as good as any you could find in Miami's Cuban district.
The black beens are close in quality to the ones my Cuban grandmother makes. (It should be like a soup, pour it over rice and dive into heaven.
Maduros and platanos are also very good.
Delivery usually takes an hour but they always warn you on the phone of that.
We have had only one incorrect order delivered but the item was good and they comped our next order.
The drivers are always polite.
Been to the actual storefront once and it was bumping busy but still a nice experience. Expect a line and a wait, it's worth it.
This place is to die for, yeah it's super busy but once you order your food, the flavors mixed together is like wow!! We had the Nino Pobre and Bistec sandwiches both were wonderful. I usually don't eat seafood, there's shrimp on the Nino Pobre, but it the way they prepare it it didn't give me the gags. These along with the Limonada Fresca and Ponche to drink, that topped it all off. They also deliver and have take out couldn't get any better than that. Whenever I am in town, I definitely will pig out here again.
This place is amazing, except for the line. But that only tells you it's worth it because it's in demand ;) For those of you who can't take the line, there's a take out order spot (to the right) of the restaurant. I have yet to try everything on the menu but so far my faves are the sandwiches, particularly the bistec and poor boy. If you haven't already tried these, must have the plantains (both sweet and the garlic). The side salad is the best because they saturate it with flavor; the salad dressing is evenly spread out.
I love this place. I came here with my friends before we went hiking in Muir Woods and I would come here again if I'm ever in the area. You cannot make a mistake with what you order here as the food here is spectacular, especially the pressed sandwiches. I got the bistec sandwich - steak, avacado, cheese, grilled onions, and my only regret is that I didn't choose the large sized option. The plantains that you can get with your entree come in two varieties, one sweet and the other savory. I personally like the sweet one more, but what's great is they give you an option to do half and half so you get to try both. Other than the bistec sandwich that I got, I would also recommend the chilled coconut latte. Perfectly mixed, and not too sweet like a lot of flavored lattes at other locations.
I LOVE THIS PLACE. Definitely on my top three favorite places to grub at in the Bay Area. The hour and a half drive to Sol Food makes it so worth it.
Can't ever show up here without a line out the door but the wait isn't ever too bad. They even have a neat little building right next door for take out orders which helps the line move a lot quicker.
Having to share a table family style might not be for everyone but I don't mind it. Host usually keeps seating organized and usually only stick you with other folks if it's super packed.
My favorite thing from here is the bistec sandwich with a salad or fries. The garlic mayo with the steak, avocado and grilled onions paired together is sooooooooo delicious. Pour some pique (vinegar based hot sauce) on that boy and you got a winner. Salad is always super fresh and fries are perfectly seasoned. Writing this and thinking about it makes my yummy growl and mouth water.
They have an awesome selection of iced teas and coffees served in mason jars! - yaaaaas! My favorite is the orange mango iced tea; Always refreshing and never too sweet! I'm also a fan of their iced coffee sweetened with condensed milk. Reminds me of Vietnamese iced coffee, just not as strong.
The overall ambiance of the place gives you a little peek into the Puerto Rican culture and I think it's great that a restaurant can make you feel like that way. I don't ever leave without a smile and a full tummy!
I feel like sol food used to be a lot better. I got a bistec sandwhich and when the waitress came by with it, half of the sandwhich fell off the plate and onto the table. She said sorry and walked away. I didnt eat that half because soooo many people eat at those tables and who knows how clean they get them in betweeen customers. Gross.
Pay more, eat less! I paid $24 for 2 bistec sandwiches that used to cost me $16 and they were thinner then the ham sandwiches I make at home!
La Cochinita ior what ever she wants to call her self should close her gift shop and drop the prices back to normal!
The restaurant is unique and the food is delicious. Every time I visit the Bay Area, I have to make a stop at Sol Food. The bistec sandwich is great and the ambiance adds to the cool vibe of the restaurant atmosphere. The seating is family style so you might end up at a table with other people that aren't in your party. One time I showed up when the line was around the block and got in and out in no time. Expect to have great food and an even better time.