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“Fresh, Tasty, and Friendly”
Review of Sofrito Mama's

Sofrito Mama's
Ranked #6 of 1,038 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$13
Cuisines: Puerto Rican
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Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout
Description: At Sofrito Mama's you will find mouth watering, home-style Puerto Rican cuisine. Our menu is filled with a wide array of reasonably priced, traditional meals for the entire family from fried appetizers, rice & beans, roast pork & stews, salads, to signature specialty dishes & delicious homemade desserts. Whether it's lunch or dinner, Sofrito Mama's Latin Comfort Food is just what you need to tickle your hunger fancy.
Sarasota, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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“Fresh, Tasty, and Friendly”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Went onto their website, so knew that this was a limited seating, takeout restaurant here in Sarasota. He does have several tables outside if you would like to enjoy your meal there. Menu is diverse, with specials each day. No alcohol is served onsite, however, the owner is quick to assist, noting there are two places on either side that allow beer and wine to be served outside. There were 4 of us, each one ordering something different, so we could sample the flavors. Food was ordered and ready in less than 10 min! Impressed my taste buds! Beef stew is very similar in taste to what we found in Costa Rica last year. Think large chunks of tender roasted meat! The pork dishes were all very flavorful and moist! The sauces....mmmmmm, great and spicy! The desserts, scrumptious! Prices are reasonable, and portions are ample, we actually had enough food for lunch the next day! Note, during the summer months their hours are shortened, so check their website for their specials, and hours before going over. The owner was very helpful in helping us decide how to diversify our menu choices so we could sample more flavors, and we shared laughs as well as family stories with him later as he was closing up. Wonderful folks, wonderful food. Worth the 30 min drive! We will be back.

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“Great Job by Jason and his family”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

This is similar to visiting your grandmother who has a SMALL kitchen but always has something good to eat. This is mostly a takeout restaurant with some tables out front, but Jason and his wife are working on that.

This is home, cozy, delicious food at a great price. Jason and his wife do everything here and they are extremely welcoming. During the summer Jason's beautiful daughter helps out and she is charming.

The salads are fresh and the hot food is perfectly done. We are out front with a great bottle of wine and were treated to a rainbow. The fried sweet plantains were heavenly.

If you are looking for home cooking that is a bargain this is the place.

  • Visited August 2014
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Austin, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Absolute GEM a MUST VISIT!!!”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Sofrito Mama's hidden away in a strip mall, and doesn't even have indoor seating. It's just a kitchen and AWESOME Puerto Rican cuisine prepared with love and flavor! They have outdoor seating for those who can't wait to get it home or back to their room. The carne guisada alone has my girlfriend planning our next visit! So tender and flavorful. If you want fancy shmancy food served by a stuffy waiter, then go somewhere else. If you want a seriously good dinner at a reasonable price by great people, and you don't visit this place, then SHAME ON YOU! Jason gave us lots of info about local beaches and things to check out too! The trip advisor rating is dead on point for this one people!

  • Visited August 2014
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4 Thank CozMinor
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Seek out this awesome place!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We googled Puerta Rican food and Sofrito Mama's was the first listing that popped. How did we not know that this wonderful place existed. I can't believe that the whole town is not eating there, The pork, the steak, arroz con gandules - total awesomeness. Authentic, delicious and VERY generous portions. We are stuffed but are already talking about our next visit and cursing the fact that we forgot the flan…lol. The owner was getting ready to close but greeted us and offered to make us our dinner. Very personable and welcoming. We will be back if I can still fit into my pants!! :)

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank figgie59
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jlbolden, Owner at Sofrito Mama's, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
So glad you two discovered our little gem. It was a pleasure serving you and taking the time to talk about back home a little bit. I know at times we miss up north (the Tri-State area)...well let's just say we miss the good "Up North" cooking. That's why we opened, for people like us!!! See you soon...
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“"Are you kidding!!!!"”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Soooooo...Good... cant even tell you how good everything was! CANT WAIT UNTIL MY NEXT VIST! Great service... fast and friendly . THANK YOU

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank amy k
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