If you took midcentury style and stripped it of any design elements now considered kitsch, and took the tried-and-true steakhouse menu and added a dose of contemporary, international flair, you would get SOCA. The design theme is actually Mediterranean, but the blue glass and white embellishments that curve like wrought iron conjure memories of the Valley's past, while the menu speaks to its present. The steaks and seafood here come with a mix of Latin American, Middle Eastern and Asian flavors, courtesy of owner and executive chef Aaron Robins, and the same can be said for the cocktail menu. SOCA serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and also has a great happy hour. If you're going for the shwarma sliders, try them with the Not My Jam cocktail, which brings together vodka and apricot preserves.
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