Friday, November 22, 2013
SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar is now open just north of the Isle of Palms Connector in the heart of Mount Pleasant. SOL is a causal restaurant with a hip sophisticated atmosphere. The concept, developed by local restaurateurs David Clark, Andy Palmer and Joe Sciortino, is to serve as a neighborhood restaurant for everything from family meals to business lunches to date nights to happy hour.
SOL has a vast menu which includes dishes prepared with spices and flavors from the Southwest. Wood-fired fish, chicken and steaks; salsas and sauces made from scratch; tacos, burgers, sandwiches and salads all prepared with fresh ingredients. “Our wood- fired grill is the centerpiece of our kitchen. She’s so important that we’ve given her a name; Lola. She turns out incredible food,” says Clark. The layout features an indoor/outdoor bar, three lounge areas and a free flowing dining room. The 30 seat, antique maple Tequila Bar features 60 premium tequilas and juices that are fresh squeezed daily plus 16 craft beers on tap. Bartenders who are knowledgeable about the premium tequila and liquor choices will guide guests in their beverage decisions and create cocktails to match any mood or taste.
SOL’s owners are not new to the Charleston restaurant scene. The trio also own Wild Wing Cafe in Oakland Plaza in North Mount Pleasant and have been in the restaurant industry in Charleston and the Southeast since 1989. “We are rooted in this community. We all live and raise our families in Mount Pleasant and believe that it is important to support our neighbors,” says Palmer. SOL will host spirit nights to benefit local schools, charities and other community organizations. The SOL “Kitchen Karma” program features a signature food item and a signature cocktail each month where $1 from each of these items sold will be donated to a local charitable organization. The first organization to benefit from the program will be the Charleston Animal Society and their NO KILL Community initiative. November’s Kitchen Karma menu items are the Prickly Pear Margarita, made with prickly pears growing right on the back porch, and the Creamy Chipotle Shrimp which is served over smoked gouda and roasted poblano grit cake.
SOL will be open Monday through Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information about SOL or to make a reservation, please go to www.SOLMtPleasant.com or find the restaurant on Facebook.