Tracker Pixel for Entry

Sol Ave. Kitchen: Let your taste buds dance

All About Food | August 28th, 2019

Curried chickpea toast with side of Shishito peppers

“The first day wasn’t too bad. It was a slow start, then it picked up after a couple of hours, and it wound up being a fairly busy night, which was nice. We got a feel for the kitchen and how it’s going to flow, so it’s nice to get a feel for that so it went better than I imagined it would go.” Shea Syverson, manager and Chef de cuisine at Sol Ave Kitchen, Moorhead’s latest and much anticipated dining hotspot, said. 

Though the restaurant has been open for a couple of weeks, they recently celebrated their grand opening last Thursday at 1408 1st Ave. N, Moorhead.

Shea is Luna’s former sous chef, both he and Luna’s head chef Ryan Nitschke created the Sol Ave. Kitchen’s menu. When asked how he would describe Sol Ave. Kitchen’s fare, Chef Shea replied, “It’s more of an elevated street food or more of an elevated food truck... We’ve had food trucks over the years and we had an opportunity to open a restaurant with foods that we’ve wanted to do. It’s more of a fusion between Asian and Mexican style flavors, the dumplings for example or the shrimp pastor tacos--so we’re kind of all over the place with different styles of food.”

The shrimp al pastor is served with a pineapple salsa, adobo sofrito, and cilantro. The pork and mushroom dumplings that he mentions are served with kimchi, Chef Ryan’s signature “dirty sauce,” scallion and radish. 

Sol Ave. Kitchen is an offshoot of Luna and still features some of Luna’s highlights such as their mouthwatering cheese plates as well as some favorite dishes such as kimchi salt and pepper wings. “We’re doing wings still but we’re doing  two other sauces and the kimchi wings that we did at Luna, so it’s kinda cool that we get to take a couple things over from there. Things that we’ve done in the past that we liked and got to actually keep doing but in a larger setting.” added Chef Shea.

We couldn’t help but ask what kind of flavors he gravitated to most while writing up Sol Ave. Kitchen’s menu. “For this I don’t know… I keep gravitating toward food that I’ve wanted in the area. It’s hard to find. There’s plenty of places to grab tacos and Asian style cuisine, I keep going toward the same flavors with this one. I maybe go too heavy on some of the spices, I just wanted it to be something different and something a little bit more fun for people to try and actually get people to open their eyes to something new.” Chef Shea said.

When asked for recommendations, he said, “I really like the tamarind pork belly, it has this really nice tamarind sauce. That sweet and tart flavor with a crispy pork belly and a little bit of fresh corn on it is a really good combination and the Cubano--because I’ve always wanted a tasty Cubano in town and finally we just made our own. There’s a lot more things we’re going to add over time we’re just starting things that we’ve known we’ve wanted to do and things we’ve already done and not try to overwhelm our staff with more items to start, so we'll eventually introduce more things.”

With that being said, we couldn’t help but ask how often Sol Ave. Kitchen’s menu will be changed out. “Not as often as we do at Luna, it’s going to be pretty consistent for the most part so people can kind of rely on getting the same thing. We’ll add a couple specials here and there and we might add some extra fried rice dishes, for the most part we’re going to keep it consistent and add things here and there--maybe add some chalkboard items.” he said.

Sol Ave Kitchen also offers a variety of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan items. I tried the curried chickpea toast with a side of Shishito peppers, both of which were meat free options. The bread for the toast was baked locally over at Youngblood and the flavors were aromatic and complex. The thick slice of sourdough was piled high with curried chickpeas and was topped with crispy pakora, herbs and a sweet yet tart tamarind sauce. The side of peppers were mild yet flavorful, with toasted almonds goat cheese and black garlic.

Though I didn’t stay for dessert I had to hear out my options. Sol Ave. Kitchen features housemade cakes and ice cream. Chef Shea added, “We don’t make the base here, we make it at Luna and we just bring it over, eventually if we get enough people we’re going to start making it here. The cakes are made here by our awesome pastry chef Amanda.”

Sugar spice and everything nice. Needless to say Sol Ave. Kitchen was worth the wait. My only dining regret? I didn’t save room for dessert. 

YOU SHOULD KNOW: 

Sol Ave. Kitchen 

1408 1st Ave. N, Moorhead

Recently in:

By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comThat old adage no longer applies: There is now such a thing as a free lunch, and it is here to stay. With help from a willing community, the founders of Lunch Aid North Dakota are continuing their…

By Michael M. Miller michael.miller@ndsu.eduLarry Kruckenberg of Cheyenne, WY, a native of Hazen, ND, has authored a new book, “Big Bend Country: A Journey of Good Times, Hard Times, and Hope,” available from GRHC.Kruckenberg…

Thursday, March 19, 4:30- 8 pm1609 19th Ave N, FargoCass County Soil Conservation District is hosting their annual Ladies’ Ag Night supper event. This event has a goal of bringing together multiple generations of women involved…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comIs Texas Senate Bill 8 only the beginning?If it wasn’t so insulting to primates, it looks as if some of the most vocal anti-abortion lawmakers in North Dakota wish to adapt a monkey see monkey do…

By Ed Raymondfargogadfly@gmail.com If This Country Isn’t Going to Hell, It’s Certainly Becoming OneIn that most Christians today no longer believe in Christ’s messages, there doesn’t seem to be a good reason to remain one.…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.com15 July 2021With Grand Forks being a hop skip and a cruise away from Fargo-Moorhead, our neighbors to the north have some great dining options. Whether you’re planning on spending a weekend or…

Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.com15 July 2021“We have a guy that's been involved with the show for many years as a landlord and knew what it was like in the heydays. So he knows where he wants to take it.” says WE Fest General…

By Greg Carlsongregcarlson1@gmail.comMatt Myers died unexpectedly on August 20 while exploring Iceland with Dr. Jacqueline Bussie, his partner of 38 years. We are still trying, without success, to make sense of it.His large circle,…

By  Sabrina Hornung sabrina@hpr1.com2021 marks the 18th annual FMVA Studio Crawl, the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists’ largest event. This year 38…

By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comDrag shows, for me, feel like a celebration of artistry, esthetic, music, and camaraderie. With a dash of confetti thrown in.The local drag community is a close-knit family. Giving back to affiliated…

by Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comAdam Quesnell's last show at The Cellar beneath the Front Street Taproom in Fargo was in early September of 2018. He was embarking on a seminal move from Minneapolis to LA. As always, his comedy was…

By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comSpring is here (mostly), and our area is buzzing with people eager to get back out and about -- many newly vaccinated and feeling a bit safer. Partnering with Jade Events, Fargo Brewing is just…

by Laurie J Bakeremsdatter@gmail.com Part of modern yoga is participating in the world around us. We live in a time of upheaval in society and nature, and of great suffering in humans of all ages. Most of us perceive this suffering…

By Theresa L. Goodrichsubmit@hpr1.comIt was day ten of our epic southwest road trip and we’d made it to Arizona. After camping in Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and New Mexico, we were exhausted, but fortunately our night in…

by Annie Prafckesubmit@hpr1.com17 June 2021On June 19th, from 12pm to 7pm, nonprofit Faith4Hope Scholarship Fund is hosting their first ever Juneteenth Freedom Celebration at Lindenwood Park in Fargo. It is free and open to the…