Raleigh, N.C. — North Raleigh’s Sola Coffee and Cafe is already well known for their great coffee and the nice selection of delicious food they serve, including their now famous mini-donuts. However, like most great cafes they are always looking to introduce new concepts and elevate the customer experience.
As it turns out Sola recently announced the addition of a new “Toast Bar” to their kitchen menu. The Toast Bar concept is popular with west coast coffee shops and features artisanal breads paired with a variety of delicious seasonal toppings that can be enjoyed throughout the day.
The Sola Toast bar offers several different bead and topping combinations and will rotate every few months featuring seasonal ingredients. During my first visit, there were three primary breads offered: the Baguette, Challah and nine-grain. Sola has since expanded the bread offerings even further with the addition of sourdough, fig & walnut and cinnamon raison bread. These breads are sourced fresh from a combination of local and regional bakers including Raleigh’s very own Yellow Dog Bakery.
Of course, these awesome breads are only half of a delicious toast creation. The rotating toppings allow for creative combinations and range seasonally among various fruit and cheeses options like fresh peaches, green apples, bananas, brie and cream cheese. Along with these fruit and savory items, there are also sweeter toppings that can be added to the combination like peanut butter, Nutella and almond butter. To top it all off, you can even add some pumpkin and cinnamon honey to be be drizzled over the layer of fruit
A cafe favorite and, a personal favorite of mine, is the nine-grain bread topped with almond butter, Sola’s homemade granola and drizzled with local Vintage Bee cinnamon honey with a pinch of Malden salt. I’m not always in the mood for a big breakfast, and I find this combination makes for the perfect light breakfast or late afternoon snack. It is an excellent pairing with a cappuccino made with the beans Sola sources from local roaster Counter Culture Coffee out of Durham. Sometime for a change of pace at lunch I enjoy having the baguette topped with brie, green apple and honey mustard. I find this combination goes well with a tall glass of fresh iced tea.
Regardless of the time of day, the new Toast Bar menu items at Sola offer a chance to try something new and experience creative combinations of textures and flavors.
Toast Bar menu items are also available served on gluten free bread. Offerings from the Toast Bar are available for purchase from open to 11 a.m. and then again from 1-5 p.m. daily Monday through Saturday. Prices range from $3.25 - $3.95.
John Huisman covers coffee, restaurants, food trucks and more in his blog Triangle Explorer.