Sofrito Mama’s, Sarasota, FL
Anyone that knows me, knows I love food.Â Any Latino food is a favorite of mine, and when I find it in my backyard, itâ€™s a very pleasant surprise. Sofrito Mamaâ€™s is one of those absolutely exciting surprises.Â I just walked by it yesterday on my way to pick up some mail and in the corner of my eye, I notice this small establishment which I had not seen before. Â Â It seemed like a new place.Â I was in a hurry, but it must have been the sound of the salsa music blaring from the speakers that drew me into Sofrito Mamaâ€™s. Â My intuition took over â€“ I see fresh fried pies and fresh â€œensaladas frescasâ€ displayed rather nicely and then I thought Iâ€™d better look at the menu.
I had to do one more errand, so I told the owners I would be back. Back I came and glad that I did.Â I found a great menu, with lots of choices and very reasonable prices.Â Of course, I went straight for the roasted pork (pernil).Â I find that if an establishment excels on their pork, then the rest has to be very good. I bought a platter, because you cannot pass up the red beans and rice and on top of that I chose a tomato and avocado salad.Â A copious amount of real, quality food for only $10. I was in heaven.
I met the owners, Jason and Alicia Bolden, both “puertorriqueÃ±os.” Â They were both there, tending the store and serving up some very delicious food. Jason and Alicia had moved from New Jersey about seven months ago, to find a nice home in Sarasota where they could operate their small eatery.Â Weâ€™re glad they came to Sarasota.
In addition to the fine food, there was a steady stream of locals that came by and visited â€“ sort of like old friends visiting.Â Itâ€™s obvious the owners treat their customers as friends, and the friends reciprocate by telling them theyâ€™re going to bring their friends.Â On top of that, there are some nice handmade items sitting on the shelves.Â Be sure to ask about them.
Here’s a great interview with Alicia & Jason that includes the original soundtrack from their website (http://www.sofritomamas.com/):
Sofrito Mamaâ€™s is located at the Sarasota Commons Plaza at 935 N. Beneva Rd #613.Â Give Jason and Alicia a call and order something (941-544-8786) for pick up or just dine at their outside patio. You can find them on the net at www.sofritomamas.com.
It’s a little bit of Puerto Rico right here in Sarasota. Â Â¡QuÃ© bien!