A couple of weeks ago I orchestrated a small event with local foodies at solita tacos Valencia. They were rolling out a new menu and wanted some feedback. Well. The evening turned into a social media blitz with the newly coined #BadassChickenMoleTacos everywhere, Facebook live video, Facebook posts, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, blog posts…you get my drift. Clearly, they won us over. This is a one minute slideshow of some of the goodies, and below, the full professional press release. Hope to see you at solita soon!
Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s new menu features her signature Super Tacos, new antojitos, and specialty dishes
Valencia, February 2017 – solita has introduced a new menu featuring more than a dozen new dishes, including the long-awaited debut of Super Tacos! Executive Chef/Partner Deborah Schneider’s Super Tacos became famous when it they debuted on the menu of sister concept, SOL Cocina, in 2009. Over the past 8 years, SOL’s ‘Super Tacos’ have gained much attention and a quite few awards (including OC’s Best Taco) for elevating the basic taco with more salsas, cheese, and garnishes – adding layers, toasting and frying, and generally pushing the taco to its limit. Chef Deb’s taco-focused cookbook, Amor y Tacos, fueled the popularity of the Super Taco with recipes for the home cook.
Now, solita guests will have the opportunity to partake in five new Super Taco selections, including Chef Deb’s acclaimed Vampiro, inspired by great ideas from both sides of the border. While many of her Super Taco flavors are traditional, Chef’s techniques and combinations take the typical taco up to the edge – and occasionally, over it.
“A taco can always be made larger, spicier, gooier, or have more goodies on top – at solita, we like to have fun and take a few risks,” says Chef Deb. “We take the street traditions and add a little modern innovation to bring you something a little different.”
As Chef Deb says, “Tacos may not be considered a serious meal by most, but here at solita, we take them very seriously. Even the most humble taco stand in Mexico is plastered with signs proclaiming that here are to be found ‘tacos ricos,’ ‘tacos super-fantasticos,’ ‘tacos el mejores del mundo” – humility is clearly not part of the recipe for a great taco. What is essential are freshness and character – delivering big flavors in small bites.”
Following are the new Super Tacos, Antojitos and solita Specialty dishes now available:
vampiro – double tortilla with cheese, serranos & green onions, guacamole, choice of carne asada or grilled chicken, chipotle sauce, cotixa cheese, salsa fresca
xolo pork adobo – pork in special sauce with cheese, pineapple, avocado, taquero sauce, onion
pescado – pan-seared wild fish with salsa rosa and slaw
squido – grilled spicy calamari steak with salsa verduras
grilled toreado – grilled jalapeño, cheese & bacon, smoked tequila onions, crema salsa fresca
bean dip ‘frijoles puercos’ – refried charro beans, chorizo, carnitas, cheese, freshly-fried pork chicharrón
chicharrón – paper bag of fresh-fried hot chicharrón shaken at table with chile con limon, lime
valentina fried chicken – boneless dark meat, secret marinade and breading, Valentina garlic butter sauce
calamari strips with dos salsas – panko-crusted calamari strips deep-fried, salsa verduras & spicy salsa rosa
chicken mole empanaditas – chicken & cheese, cilantro, house-made mole poblano, crema, sesame seeds
chicken mole – boneless chicken, house made mole poblano, crema, sesame seeds
red chile beef flautas – shredded beef, red chile sauce, crema, chipotle sauce
chicken verde – pulled chicken, salsa verde, poblano chiles, cheese, crema & avocado
demonic brownie – rich chocolate brownie topped with salated caramel pecan sauce, ice cream and strawberry rum salsa
In addition to a great daily menu, solita offers Taco & Tequila Tuesday specials, Weekend Brunch menu, and a daily Happy Hour with specials on food and margaritas.
solita Tacos & Margaritas is located in the Valencia Town Center (24201 W Valencia Blvd., Suite 3470). More information and a complete menu of solita‘s offerings can be found at www.solitatacos.com.
With solita, Partners Matt Baumayr, Rich Howland and Executive Chef Deborah Schneider, the restaurateurs behind the SOL Cocina brand, have created yet another unique interpretation of contemporary Mexican food, with its own personality, look and distinctive menu. Similar to SOL, solita builds on an appreciation for fresh ingredients, big flavors, and seasonally changing menus. They deliver a Mexican food experience in a way that represents the soul of coastal Baja California.
At the heart of the restaurant and the menu is a wood-fired open grill and oak 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.
The bar menu at solita takes an equally fresh approach to traditional Mexican cocktails, featuring fresh fruit-based and agave-sweetened margaritas made with 100% blue agave tequilas. Margaritas focus on vibrant and immediate flavors, and all recipes are made in-house with fresh citrus juices and sugar, and contain no HFCS, preservatives or coloring. solita offers an extensive selection of artisan, premium and ultra premium tequilas.
In addition to highlighting the true flavors of Baja, the setting of solita Tacos & Margaritas invites diners to experience the simplicity, ruggedness, timelessness and warmth of the region. Much of the interior detail and furnishings were hand-made by Mexican artisans and craftsmen, and the space reflects the charm, sophistication and hospitality of modern Mexico, but also to represent some of the overlooked sophistication that is evident in the country. The airy 150-seat space offers 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 Tacos & Margaritas has two Southern California locations, in Valencia (Valencia Town Center, 24201 W Valencia Blvd., Suite 3470) and in Huntington Beach (Bella Terra Center, 7631 Edinger Avenue, Suite 1508). More information and a complete menu of solita‘s offerings can be found at www.solitatacos.com.