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Fountain Hills “Sofrita” Restaurant, Sangria, Tapas and much more. . .

Jun 10

filed under: Living In Fountain Hills, Local Gems, Shopping and Good Eats

Fountain Hills really has some great restaurants, and like most  small towns we have the popular Italian, Mexican, Continental, and Chinese restaurants that you would expect. I think what you would not expect in Fountain Hills, and what we now have, is a Latin American restaurant and a very good one I might add. Owners Anthony and Carolyn Redondo opened the Sofrita restaurant on Avenue of the Fountains last November. I should mention that the Redondos are not strangers to the restaurant business as they also own Redondo’s Pizzeria here in Fountain Hills.

Don’t ask me what took us so long to eat at Sofrita, but now that we have we plan on adding it to one of our top picks to eat in Fountain Hills. I think what I first loved about this restaurant was its ambiance. It reminded me of the many small intimate restaurants we used to visit in some of the great ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago. Wood beams, russet colored walls, wood Mexican style tables, niches, colorful folk art on the walls, the Flamingo guitar player.

I started out with a wonderful glass of Sangria and since I am in the process of trying to lose a few pounds I was delighted when our waitress, Tracy, pointed out to me that they had a “skinny” Sangria. Trust me had she not told me it was a low cal version, I would not have known the difference, it was that good.

Sofrita’s dinner menu (they have a breakfast and lunch menu as well) specializes in Tapas which is basically a variety of smaller portion entrees that you are encouraged to share. Salads and pastries are also on the menu. In addition they have a “bruschetta board” with a variety of 12 different bruchetta. We took advantage of their “choose 4 for $12” for our starters. How does this sound, smoked salmon, egg salad el diablo and capers, or olive tapenade with goat cheese or brie with apples and local jam. They were all awesome.

For Tapas we ordered, their Bacaladitos which is a Puerto Rican fried salt-cod fritter served with a homemade lime mayonesa for dipping. We also ordered “Mojitos Pelotas”  homemade meatballs in a salsa verde. No disappointments here, both were as good as they sound.

As much as we wanted to try one of their deserts, especially what looked like a sizable crème brûlée which was being served at another table, we were just too full. I promise I will definitely save room for desert when we return on our next visit and I have also lost those few extra pounds.

If you’re looking for something on the light side, Sofrita invites you to come and enjoy a cheese board filled with fine cheese, dried fruits, nuts and toasted bread along with a glass of wine. You can also chose it as a special place to go and hang out (oh they have a wonderful outdoor patio area) and just have desert.  Entertainment is also part of the Sofrita dining experience. You may want to call ahead for an entertainment schedule.

Sofrita is located at 16848 Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills and you can also visit them and see their menu on Facebook. Anthony did tell me that they would be making some changes on their current menu for the summer.


Written by Howard Harris