Passing things can be one of mankind's most enjoyable experiences, be it blame, college entrance exams, or—for a brief period in 1983—dutchies. Today's deal gives you the joy of passing plates: for $20, you get $50 worth of tapas and drinks at Solera.
James Beard award-winning chef and owner Tim McKee will burst your boca with a lineup of modern tapas. Treat your table to a round of octopus ceviche with citrus, pepper, and cumin ($9); roasted beets with duck, walnuts, and palhais ($8); and braised rabbit and artichokes dressed with lemon and egg ($8.50). If you adhere to traditional tapas, appease your orthodox appetite with savory shrimp and tetilla croquetas ($7.50) or wax nostalgic over a meat-lover's assembly of chorizo-stuffed dates with smoked bacon ($8).
Solera is designed to be a sampler platter for the eyes as well as the stomach, so take a moment between plates to savor its warm colors, chic counters and tables, and overall ogle-worthy aesthetic. If you're waiting on an order of paella with chorizo, shellfish, and preserved lemon ($24), take a peek at the Moorish influences in the Alhambra Room or wander up through the restaurant's multi-floor event space until you reach the rooftop, where a variety of outdoor tipplers and tasters have been frozen to their chairs in solid blocks of ice since last autumn. Solera's elegant, vibrant atmosphere—coupled with its succulent, hand-crafted recipes—are what made it one of the Twin Cities' Top 10 Influential Restaurant Openings of the decade. As such, reservations are recommended.
- …it's the tapas that are, rightfully, the center of attention. Your meal is meticulously, beautifully arranged in such a manner that it's hard to believe it costs so little, and the mingling of flavors as you sample your selections is as satisfying as it is visually stimulating. – Kara Nesvig, Minnesota Daily
- …I had been very reluctant to go since I have never been there before, but once we arrived we all had a great time! It was a little crowded but overall the enviornment [sic] was upbeat and fun! The drinks were great and I will be returning again soon! – mcgownhc, Citysearch
- If you like delicious and different food combinations, beautifully prepared, and served tapas-style for ease of tasting and sharing, Solera is a great choice. – OpenTable user who dined on 01/02/2010
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