Bistro Sole, Key West

Fresh from the fryer donuts are a big hit at Bistro Sole.
Fresh from the fryer donuts are a big hit at Bistro Sole.

I haven’t been to Cafe Sole in over five years. I was unimpressed with the service and general attitude at Cafe Sole, so after they opened Bistro Sole on White Street, I didn’t rush over there. Bistro Sole is in a location that, in my five years in Key West, has housed four different restaurants. Maybe someone could finally make things work there.

Our friends suggested we try Bistro Sole for happy hour. With half price wine by the glass (and beer) as well as a $5 bar menu, we had to give

Tiny, delicious sliders are served two per order.
Tiny, delicious sliders are served two per order.

it a shot. I am glad we did. The wine list is made up almost entirely of selections by the glass or bottle, and is reasonably priced. At happy hour we indulged in Prosecco and Cotes Du Rhone (each $4/glass during happy hour), but there are many more good options. I like a place that has over 40 wines by the bottle under $50.

The bar menu is made up of a dozen well thought out items. From a slider of the day (when we were there it was short rib), to fried pigs ear, there are delicious options. Truffle fries have become ubiquitous for a reason: they are delicious, and impossible to stop eating. The fried fish with green sauce (an herbed tartar sauce) is yummy. There are a couple of salads, vichyssoise, onion rings and lamb ribs. In other words, this could be a hearty meal of a bunch of things for $20. Plus, there is the half price wine.

Truffle fries. Yum.
Truffle fries. Yum.

My favorite thing  about this location, however, is the garden. It is a beautiful space to enjoy a meal. (I have said that with each restaurant incarnation in this space.) It is relaxing, and when the weather is good (so, pretty much always), it can’t be beat. Plus, they allow dogs outside. Inside there are a few tables as well (on the off chance that the weather sucks). Overall, happy hour is certainly a good value. I am looking forward to trying a full meal.

Bistro Sole is located at 1019 White Street (across from Sandy’s) and is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and happy hour and dinner daily. Have you been? What did you think?

 

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