Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
Back in January, I put local edible foragers on notice that SOL Markets was opening their first grocery store in Liberty Station. That happened back in February. Since then, they’ve seen a steady trickle of customers, but really had the chance to shine to their core clientele demographic at a recent Slow Food mixer.
That night, roughly 200 people got a good look, not only at the shelves stocked with food and beverages sourced from regional producers, but the market’s bistro component. It was a tease for the venue, literally, as the bistro had yet to open. Folks who gained a taste for SOL executive chef Brandon Brooks' pork belly spring rolls were without a means for experiencing them again.
SOL’s bistro is now fully operational and sporting those crispy wonton-swathed piggies as well as a plethora of dishes made largely from items available in the market. The full menu is included below.
For now, the bistro is open for dinner only, starting at 4:30 p.m. Its craft beer bar opens at 3:30 p.m. and, starting in two weeks or so, lunch will be offered. SOL Markets is located at 2855 Perry Road.
SOL Markets Dinner Menu Friday | April 6, 2012
Beet, Goat Cheese & Fennel Salad 8 Citrus Vinaigrette, Arugula, French Heirloom Greens
Salami & Cheese Board 11 2 Artisan Salamis, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Humboldt Fog, Winchester Gouda, Roasted Almonds, Dates & Apples
Housemade Hummus Plate 7 Roasted Garlic, Sage & Lemon, Cumin Kesra Bread
Pork Belly Spring Rolls 8 Cabbage, Carrot, Onion & Pea Shoots, Spicy Peanut Sauce, Citrus, or Sweet & Sour
Sliders 12 Braised Beef w/slaw, Bison with Cheddar & Bacon, & Lamb w/Jack Cheese & Grilled Onions
Local Oysters (4) 8 Tangerine & Pink Peppercorn Mignonette
Seared Swordfish Belly 9 Fennel Chutney, Salad of Baby Greens & Sprouts
Bread Plate 7 Fig Infused Balsamic, Local Honey, Organic Butter
Sausages 8 Served on a Sadie Rose Bun with Sauerkraut and SoNo Trading Co. Mustard. -Kaiserkraner -Bratwurst -Sweet Italian -Cheddar Brat -Buffalo Brat -Sweet Italian w/Provolone -Buffalo, Cheddar, Jalabrat
Flat Breads (Seasonal Flavors) Onion Jam, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Caramelized Apples, Bacon & Arugula 11 Medjool Date Jam, Chevre Goat Cheese, Roasted Garlic, Swiss Chard & Micro Herbs 11 Garlic & Olive Oil, Ricotta Cheese, Broccoli, Spinach & Carmelized Onions 10