First Taste

Sol Caribe Brings Puerto Rican Flavors to South Scottsdale

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Sol Caribe Puerto Rican Cuisine Location: 1617 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale Open: About a month Eats: Puerto Rican Price: $15 and under

Not so long ago, in an off the beaten path south Scottsdale strip mall, diners looking for authentic Puerto Rican eats could get their fix at El Coquito. But, alas, it closed and thus left an island-sized hole in the neighborhood dining scene.

Now, in the very same spot, you'll find Sol Caribe Puerto Rican Cuisine. The new restaurant opened about a month ago and offers diners a well-executed and approachable menu of dishes from the Caribbean archipelago.