Simply put, you won't find a better combination of inviting surroundings, friendly and efficient staff (and owners), convenient location (off Lead Mine in north Raleigh), and both delicious food and *wonderful* coffee drinks anywhere near Raleigh!
I've been to a handful of places in the US which arguably outshine it in one aspect or another, but nowhere else do I feel like, "Wow, I need to hit Sola soon!"
I will admit - as some reviewers have stated - it's a little pricey for *some* food. However, understand two things: the prices vary a LOT depending what you order; for example, sandwiches are expensive, BUT they are made with absolutely TOP NOTCH ingredients - and just to single out one example, the "Sola Turkey" will make you doubt you'll ever settle for any turkey sandwich again anywhere else! The breakfast offerings are fairly basic, but less pricey, and very tasty. (Don't miss their mini doughnuts however... a favorite guilty pleasure I can't dare to indulge in too often... darn it. And their Sola shake is hardly "tiny" as James N stated. Neither is it "huge", but this isn't McDonalds - come on. The thing is rich, tasty, and filling.)
As far as service goes, they bring your food to your seat using letters - you only have to pick up your coffee off the bar (usually - at slow times, they often come find you, if they know you); and, it varies A LOT how busy they are - naturally when it's mobbed (think Friday morning), it takes longer. Most of the time I get my coffee in 2-4 minutes (a flavored latte btw), with a smile, and my sandwich comes out in 5 minutes - and it's well worth it.
I guess the best way to sum it up is this: I'm a SOLAHOLIC! I own their t-shirt, I drop in five days/week if I can (and btw they have entertainment at least Friday, Saturday evenings too), and if I can't get there, I feel cheated. TOTALLY.
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