Monday, November 13, 2017

Latin Inspired Street Fare + Caribbean Small Plate Dining at so•ca in Raleigh

so•ca cocina latina offers a large selection of Latin American-inspired street food and Caribbean soul small plates, designed for sharing and enjoying. The creatively-inspired menu is full of delicious and fresh ingredients that come together in unique ways and each dish is like a work of art when it arrives to the table.

so•ca (so•ca stands for “south of the Tropic of Cancer), is one of the newest restaurants to join Cameron Village and is located in the previous Faire location on the corner of Oberlin and Clark Avenue. The restaurant is the sister to downtown Raleigh's bu.ku global street food. The dining rooms and bar provide an upscale casual environment that's fun and approachable. so•ca is modern and beautiful and every detail down to the linens and plates are thoughtfully selected, contributing to an exciting new dining experience in Raleigh.

You can select from an array of small plates as well as entrées and larger dishes that provide plenty of options for sharing. Street inspired dishes of steak, fish, lamb, chicken and vegetable dishes create a wide variety of menu choices. Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian available as well, making so•ca a unique experience for all guests. Craft cocktails, beer and an extensive wine selection are available, as well as an amazing dessert list!

|  1/2 price wine bottles on Tuesday and Family Style Paella on Thursday!  |

so•ca dishes are inspired by food commonly eaten by the local families and street food vendors in over 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, including Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica and more. These dishes are not commonly found here in the south, creating a truly unique dining experience. Dinner is every night of the week and brunch is available on the weekends.

I was excited to try a variety of very delicious (and beautiful!) dishes last week that included:

  • Black bean empanadas with charred NC sweet corn, pickled onion, oaxaca and salsa verde.
  • Red snapper dish was tangy and delicious with crispy plaintains and pureed sweet potato. 
  • Argentinian charred pork cheeks are simply amazing. (I also heard its probably one of their most popular dishes). Don't miss them!
  • The stunning Paella is so beautiful and thoughtfully presented and a seafood lover's dream with mussels, local clams, shrimp, and monkfish served with preserved tomato, sofrito and charred green onion oil. 

Helpful tips! so•ca offers complimentary valet parking since it can be a little tricky finding parking during busy evening times at Cameron Village.  They offer plenty of large group seating, including a private room for hosting any upcoming holiday events or special occasions.

You will be amazed by the stunning presentation and delicious flavors of these dishes and with shareable plates it's a great place to join up with friends for a dinner you will not likely soon forget!

Little Mendoza - Bulliet Rye, house bitters, Lillet blanc, Malbec-chicory reduction, brandied cherry

Empanadas de Huitlacoche - maseca, black beans, charred NC sweet corn, pickled onion, oaxaca, salsa verde

Red Snapper Tiradito - leche de tigre, plaintain, choclo, star anise, sweet potato puree, fresh lime

Argentinian Charred Pork Cheeks - goat cheese polenta, roasted garlic chimchurri, pickled onion, bacon-beef jus

Paella soca - crispy calasparra rice, mussels, local clams, shrimp, monkfish, tomato, sofrito, charred green onion oil

HOURS: Mon-Thurs: 4pm-10pm, Friday: 4pm-11pm, Saturday: 11am-11pm, Sunday: 10am-10pm
LOCATION: 2130 Clark Avenue Telephone for Reservations: 919-322-0440

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Early Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

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