Colorful joint featuring classic Mexican favorites, mole from family recipes & a long tequila list.
Warm environment excited to share authentic Mexican food. Came here on a slushy Saturday for lunch and were the only diners. But we had a great experience greeted by the waiter, who may have been the owner based on level of passion for the business. I asked about the difference between the mole sauces and they were so excited to talk about the authenticity of the food. Carne Asada – 4/5. High quality meat with a delicious combination of fresh guac, black beans, and cheese covered plantains served in a fresh corn tortilla. Just as a note, rib-eye is on the fattier side. Most people will like the beef best but the plantains were my favorite part, perfectly ripe and sweet. Enchiladas de mole rojo – 4/5. Rich and complex mole sauce. The tortilla, chicken, and rice mostly serve as canvases for the great sauce. Between a mild and medium spice.
Great place loved it love the atmosphere and the food very diferent cant wait to come here again. Keep it up guys!!!
We came here for my wife’s birthday dinne on a very slow Wednesday night. We were the only one at the restaurant and more guest starting arriving as the night went on. Which is obviously always a good sign. We were greeted like royalty, everyone had smiles and it felt like they were inviting us into their home. Our waitress was very professional through out the night and kept us updated through the entire night. We started off with some drinks. I ordered their Guava Rita, and tasted great. Perfect amount of tequila, just felt like it could of had a little bit more of a guava flavor to it. Nonetheless, a nicely made margarita. We ordered their “Sopesito Surtidos -Xilonen” and were phenomenal. Four little sopes topped chicken with mole, sweet plantains with sour cream, black beans with chorizo and guacamole. All were very delicious. My wife ordered their “Sopa Azteca-Morfeo.” A delicious chile Padilla broth, with chicken, avocado, tortilla strips, sour cream and cheese. Very beautifully plated and flavorful. My wife ordered their “Carne Asada a la Parilla.” A rib eye marinated in a red Chile. The steak was was very tender & juicy and was served with fried plantains, covered with sour cream & cheese, black beans and guacamole. I however, took advantage of their special that wasn’t on their menu. I ordered their Tampiquena. This entree was definitely the highlight of the night. It came with a skirt steak grilled to perfection (medium well is the way to go with this cut). It also came with a chicken mole enchilada, and the same beans and guacamole that came with the carne asada entree. I will be coming back here without a doubt whenever I want a downtown type of meal, without being in downtown. They did inform me that they change their menu about every 3-4 months and that they will be changing this current one shortly. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for that new menu!
When I was going down the list of Michelin Bib restaurants to visit I found this place. Not in Logan Square, or Wicker Park, or Downtown but off near Cicero and Belmont? Say wha? But let me tell you….what a hidden gem!!! We’ve been to Rick Bayless’ restaurants and we’ve enjoyed them, but this place is now our favorite place for Mexican! The space is clean and decorated really nicely, the staff was SUPER friendly, the drinks good and the food was amazing! Very deserving of that Michelin Bib! Everything we had was very very good…their carne asada dish being our favorite of the night.
I have such mixed feelings about making this post! Sol is WONDERFUL, with all homemade and nuanced flavored foods a warm and informative staff and the food –what I tasted– was DELICIOUS. Here is my challenge: I am vegetarian and, on the liberal front, pescatarian. There are not a lot of items to choose from on the main courses menu for vegetarians and one fish item (which just happened to be sold out, understandably). This is not uncommon for vegetarian experience but here is my larger concern: even some of the items and exciting sauces on the menu contained animal broths or fats. I do understand that traditional cuisines use these for flavor but as a long-term vegetarian, I know these can be delicIously substituted. Anyway, a non-vegetarian wIll have an AMAZING experience here but vegetarians will feel a bit disillusioned.
Sol de Mexico has such a good food! If you like Mexican food, then you need to try this place. I have been following chef Bahena since he had Ixcapuzalco restaurant. His food still very very good. The presentation of the Chiles en Nogada didn’t impress me much, but then I taste it mhhh Was really delicious. For sure one of the best places in Chicago for delicious taMexican food
INSANELY good food, appealing environment, great margaritas and friendly staff. I don’t know why this place is not packed every night. I wish we were close enough to go every week. Two thumbs up!
The food here is unbelievable. The manchamanteles was insane. The various moles are spectacular. Honestly, this might be the best authentic Mexican restaurant in the city. Ever bit of every dish on our table was divine. Simply fantastic food at a great price in a nice atmosphere with a singular focus on great food. If this place wasn’t at Belmont and Cicero, folks would be raving about it. Go there. It’s impossible to be disappointed here. Extra note : just got back from a second visit. Every bit as good as I remembered. How this place isn’t packed to the rafters day in and day out is beyond me. Anyone who likes high quality Mexican dining who has not been to this place yet has made a HUGE mistake.
Loved in the area for some time and This place caught my attention. Finally after a few years my family and I gave them a shot. Wasn’t disappointed. I ordered sopasitos and a guava margarita. Both were delicious. My only complain is that it’s a bit pricy. If they served larger portions I wouldn’t have any complaints. The decor is beautiful!!!