Located on California Street at Divisadero, the Solstice Restaurant & Lounge beckons diners with its name lit up in the window and a sun emblem. Inside the bustling restaurant, there are a high ceiling with fans, lots of windows, and bistro tables with chairs and round ottomans grouped on a hardwood floor. Chef Jorge, a native of Honduras, has crafted a seasonal Californian menu with touches of Latin America; popular items include the gorgonzola mac ‘n cheese with Granny Smith apples and chicken prosciutto. A cocktail menu has such options as the Solstice Margarita, made with cointreau, fresh lime, and el charro blanco.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.