This past Saturday evening, one of my favorite "uptown Raleigh" coffee shops provided several of us local bloggers a wonderful opportunity to sample their new Fall dinner and drink menu. It was graciously hosting by John and Jeanne Luther, owners of Sola Coffee Cafe. It was a fun and friendly group of folks including several spouses (and children!) in attendance, making for a warm delicious get together on a rainy cool night.
Many people especially in the North Raleigh area are familiar with the very popular coffees and hot minis that Sola has been cranking out for about 18 months now. Whenever you stop in at Sola, the restaurant is always busy with folks drinking coffee, catching up with friends, hosting work or club meetings or engaged in a fun board game, checkers or chess. With music lightly playing in the background and lots of action and personality at the bar, Sola never disappoints.
Breakfast and lunch options are popular and always pair well with a hot/cold tea or coffee. The new BLT sandwich (a personal favorite of mine) has become a new menu item!
BUT what I found after talking to many local area folks in the area, they did not realize that Sola Coffee Cafe is open for dinner and drinks every night of the week (except for Sunday when they are closed)!
Sola Coffee Cafe offers a Fall dinner menu of delicious small plates, salads and pizzas as well as sandwich options. Ingredients are always fresh, local and often seasonal. Cheese and meat plates include a variety of cheeses, fruit, almonds, honey, local butter and crusted bread and pair well with a glass of red or white wine.
|Meat and cheese plate.|
|White Garden Pizza w/Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, Pesto, Basil & homemade balsamic glaze.|
Local craft beers are available on tap and Sola generally will rotate the kegs featuring different craft beer offerings from one of the many distinguished craft breweries in the Raleigh area.
|Local craft beer on tap.|
Red and white wine offerings from France, Italy, Austria and New Zealand are unique and full of flavor and have been carefully thought out and researched before being added to the menu.
|White and red wine options|
The salads are fresh and tasty and loaded with fresh ingredients.
|Mixed Greens salad with cherry tomatoes, garbanzo beans, almonds, red onion, cucumber, parmesan and Jeanne's dressing.|
Not only does Sola offer dinner and drinks, but on Friday and Saturday nights there is generally live music or entertainment offered as well until 10pm. Some fabulous musicians have performed here and the house is full of fun locals enjoying the evening. You can always find the schedule of performers/musicians on their website.
And finally, for the dessert fans, you can also enjoy some great coffee and dessert options as well. Warm Apple Crisp or Homeland Creamery Pumpkin Ice Cream Affogato with a hot pumpkin mini are a deliciously warm and tasty end to a relaxing night out!
|Homeland Creamery Pumpkin Ice Cream Affogato|
|Warm Apple Crisp with Ice Cream and other tasty dessert samples!|