El Sol is in my neighbourhood, so I'm a regular there (by regular, I mean maybe once every couple of months or so). Can't go for too long without my El Sol fix!
It's true that you don't get your food in a hurry. Know this before you go, and don't expect it to be fast food, because that's not the point of El Sol. This is a place you go when you want to make it your entertainment for the evening, not on your way to something else. You will spend a good two or three hours there, and you won't be rushed out of your table, even when it's busy. And the service is very friendly and warm.
I love the pina coladas there (generous and rich), and my husband likes the margaritas.
The prices can be a bit high for the entrees (although they are so delicious and generous that I think they're worth it), but if you look at the first page of the menu at the antojitos, those have much more reasonable prices, and I dare you to try to finish the whole thing. My favourite thing there is the Tacos Albanil, which is a vegetarian dish - tacos filled with refried beans and cheese, along with mexican rice and a salad. I can never finish the whole thing - plan to take half of your meal home for the next day, and then you see the value!
The guacamole is to die for - be sure to order it as a starter before your meal, especially if you need to take the edge off your hunger while waiting for your main course.
The decor - awesome. Lots of beautiful Mexican artwork, and if you see it on the wall, it's for sale. The Mexican hats in the back are not for sale, but they encourage you to try them on and take pictures, which can be fun.
If you have a special event, they will work with you to make it great. I had an event there last year, with 65 guests, and the buffet they put on was out of this world - everyone loved it, and the price was very reasonable per head.
Come here for some delicious, slow food and enjoy your evening at a relaxed pace.
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