The team behind Newport Beach's SOL Mexican Cocina will open the doors to their newest restaurant concept, solita tacos & margaritas, on Thursday, Dec. 26 at Huntington Beach's Bella Terra Center, 7631 Edinger Ave., Suite 1508. The new restaurant will first open for dinner service and then introduce lunch service on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
The new neighborhood-casual Mexican eatery features a distinct menu of “bold flavors, imaginative dishes and traditional favorites”, served in a casual, social setting, complete with an all-weather patio and indoor/outdoor bar, and take-out service.
Partners Matt Baumayr, Rich Howland and Executive Chef Deborah Schneider have created yet another interpretation of contemporary Mexican food, with its own personality, look and distinctive menu with the opening of solita. Similar to SOL, solita takes from that same SOL essence by building on an appreciation for fresh ingredients, big flavors, and seasonally changing menus. The goal is to deliver a Mexican food experience in a way that represents the most loved culinary aspects from the coast of Baja.
Something for everyone
“What makes solita so unique is that we incorporated a wood grill like so many we have enjoyed in Mexico, and created a menu around it that offers fresh, simple preparations made with seasonal ingredients,” said Chef Deb, who is the author of multiple Mexican cookbooks. “The menu at solita has something for everyone to enjoy and can easily be modified to accommodate vegan or gluten-free requests.”
In addition to highlighting the true flavors of Baja, solita tacos & margaritas is meant to transport diners to experience the simplicity, ruggedness, timelessness and warmth of the region, according to the partners. The entire space has been designed not only to reflect the charm and hospitality of Mexico, but also to represent some of the overlooked sophistication that is evident in the country. The airy 150-seat space will offer 80 seats indoors and 70 seats in a covered all-weather patio, with 20 of those seats shared in a unique indoor/outdoor bar.
Baja style to savor
“Solita is a concept that is rooted in two of the things we love most about Mexico: tacos and margaritas,” said Rich Howland, operating partner of solita tacos & margaritas. “My Partners and I wanted to open the kind of neighborhood Mexican restaurant we all wished we had near our homes - a place that combines the distinct elements of Baja and presents them in a relaxed, casual setting.”
The bar menu at solita takes an equally fresh approach to traditional Mexican cocktails, featuring only fresh fruit-based and agave-sweetened margaritas made with 100% blue agave tequilas. Margaritas will focus on fresh and immediate flavors, and recipes will be made in-house with fresh citrus juices and sugar, and contain no HFCS, preservatives or coloring. Like SOL, solita will offer an extensive selection of artisan, premium and ultra premium tequilas.