In the local blogosphere, there have been varying opinions on the review of El Sol, the new Mexican restaurant tucked on the south end of Third St., at the former Harrisburg Magazine building and cattycorner from Bricco.
I’ll cut to the chase. I agreed with Pat and Mike – I loved it. But the word that needs to be mentioned, especially to naysayers, is “fresh.” Freaking fresh food. That makes a world of difference in any kitchen.
An avid avocado (and alliteration) lover, I started with the guacamole. It was basically a mashed up avocado, some red onion, tomato and plenty of wonderful cilantro. I had to stop myself so I’d have room for my fish soft tacos, but I took the rest home and ate it for breakfast the next day.
The non-alcoholic drinks were, contrary to another blogger’s review, worth the $2.50 for a fishbowl full of refreshing flavor. I tried the hibiscus water, unsweetened, and I loved it.
It’s been said, but I will reiterate. I don’t know what authentic Mexican food really is, and I won’t pretend to wax on the geographic differences of one version to another. I love El Rodeo for its cheap, fast and yummy fare.
To me, El Sol is a different product altogether. I won’t compare them, but enjoy them both for their differences. But, friends, the food is fresh – that’s worth a trial run.
18 S. Third St., Harrisburg