Huntington Beach, December 2013 – The team behind Newport Beach's acclaimed SOL Mexican Cocina will open the doors to their newest restaurant concept, solita tacos & margaritas, on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Huntington Beach's Bella Terra Center (7631 Edinger Avenue, Suite 1508). 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. The restaurant will first open for dinner service and then introduce lunch service on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
With solita, Partners Matt Baumayr, Rich Howland and Executive Chef Deborah Schneider have created yet another unique interpretation of contemporary Mexican food, with its own personality, look and distinctive menu. 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.
At the heart of the restaurant and the menu is an open, oak-fired Santa Maria-type grill and smoker, the inspiration for Executive Chef Deborah Schneider's unique takes on familiar Mexican favorites such as tacos, carne asada, skirt steak asada, ancho chile chicken, oak–roasted chipotle chicken, house carnitas, red chile borracho beef and wood-grilled wild fish - all created with premium fresh ingredients and served with delicious hand-made salsas.
“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,” explained Chef Deb, who is the author of multiple acclaimed 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. 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.
“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, that are much more creative than one expects in casual Mexican restaurant. 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.
solita tacos & margaritas is set to open December 26, 2013 in Huntington Beach’s Bella Terra Center (7631 Edinger Avenue, Suite 1508). More information will be available at www.solitatacos.com.
Following is solita’s complete Happy Hour menu:
solita $5 Happy Hour MenuMonday-Friday | 3-6 PM
Frozen House Margarita
Castle Rock Chardonnay
Jade Mountain Merlot
Two Wood-Grilled Chicken Tacos
Two Oak-Roasted Chicken Tacos
Two Pork Carnitas Tacos
Three Chicken Taquitos
Mini Sweet Potato Fries“What makes our Happy Hour so special is the fresh approach to traditional Mexican cocktails that our bar takes,” explained Matt Baumayr, Managing Partner at solita. “We feature only fresh fruit-based and agave-sweetened margaritas made with 100% blue agave tequilas, that are much more creative and flavorful than one expects to find in casual Mexican restaurant.”