Solo's is like dining in your living room
Louise bolger | sun
Shawn Waters, owner of Solo’s, welcomes diners
to enjoy the casual atmosphere.
Sometimes you want to go out for a burger or pizza, and sometimes you want to stay in, and sometimes you can’t decide what to do. For those times when you want the convenience of a restaurant and the casualness of staying home, Solo’s Pizza is just the right fit.
Solo’s Pizza in Holmes Beach has been in the same location for 10 years this past March, quite an accomplishment for any restaurant, especially one on an Island dependent on seasonal visitors. Solo’s owner Shawn Waters loves his seasonal customers and is rejuvenated every year when he sees familiar faces coming through his door.
In fact, his restaurant is decorated with sports paraphernalia and t-shirts, many of which are gifts from his return customers, including the recently acquired cricket bat, a gift from a customer from Wales. But as much as Waters loves out of town patrons, it’s the local residents who have really made Solo’s what it is today, something that he is very appreciative of.
Solo’s menu has been tweaked through the years, but still has the basic pub food that everyone, including kids, love. It has handmade pizzas in three sizes with a variety of toppings including a white pizza, an all meat pizza, a veggie pizza and, believe it or not, a BLT pizza. Subs and burgers are also a mainstay of Solo’s, ranging from regular burgers to Italian sausage subs, broiled chicken breast sandwich, Philly calzone and Philly cheese Steak sandwich.
There is also a nice choice of finger foods to go with your beer and wine like wings, pig in a blanket, nachos and chili. Beer is available at Solo’s with six drafts, one of which changes with the beer season. Also available is a large wine selection, available both by the glass and bottle, with very affordable prices. You can also order a pizza or sandwich to go.
Solo’s has 10 TV screens one of which is 70 inches and a pool table. Super Bowl is a major event every year and if you buy your seat, you have it for the entire game, including an open bar and unlimited tailgate food. And everyone looks forward to Solo’s Chili Cook Off with prizes, so watch for that date. Also watch for Solo’s 10-year anniversary party on Wednesday, May 29, offering complimentary food.
If you ask Waters what the secret is to keeping his restaurant in business all these years, he says simply hard work and a good staff. He is a very hands on owner who is at the restaurant most days with a positive staff that’s like a family spilling over to their friendly customer service. Most have been with him for many years, including his cook, who has been at Solo’s for 5 years providing the consistency that many small restaurants lack.
Waters told me someone wrote on Trip Advisor that going to Solo’s is like sitting in your living room and having someone waiting on you, which is the exact message he wants to get across. Casual affordable food casual atmosphere and friendly people, who just want to kick back and have a good time, just not at home.
3244 East Bay Drive
Sunday – Saturday
4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted