sol mexican cocina irvine

Restaurant of the Week: Sol Mexican Cocina

Sol Mexican Cocina has opened its third California location in Irvine. Located in the bustling business district near John Wayne Airport and the 405, Sol Mexican Cocina is the perfect spot for work associates, clients or a date after hours.

When you walk in Sol Mexican Cocina, you immediately see straight into its exhibition kitchen. Two spacious dining rooms, an indoor/outdoor bar and a large patio provide plenty of room to settle in for dinner or to mix and mingle during happy hour. When you sit down, you’re immediately served complimentary black bean dip and salsa with large tortilla rounds.

As you can imagine, Sol has a variety of margaritas to tantalize every taste. Mezcal, reposado and blanco tequila are featured prominently in spicy and sweet cocktails. The watermelon margarita and the Cadillac margarita are both perfectly sweet and refreshing. You can try your best, but it’s nearly impossible to order just one round!

As part of its grand opening celebration, Sol offered a special menu with some of its most popular items. For an appetizer, you can’t miss with the Guacamole Sol or the warmed goat cheese. We tried the Ceviche Sol, a bright plate of a hearty serving of sashimi-grade fish, pico de gallo and Serrano peppers—topped with thick slices of ripe avocado. A seafood lover’s dream!

For the main course, Sol is famous for its award-winning Vampiro Taco, made with a double tortilla, cheese, serranos, carne asada, guacamole, pico de gallo, chipotle sauce and topped with cotija cheese. There is a burst of flavor in every single bite; it is easy to taste why this taco is legendary. We also tried three short ribs “barbacoa,” which is slow-cooked with a flavorful sauce and served with tortillas, guacamole and cotija cheese, alongside roasted sweet potato, black beans and rice.

Now, the end of your meal isn’t complete without dessert, specifically the Rosca de Churros. One churro makes a basket to hold vanilla ice cream while a second churro is laid carefully on top. Then, everything is covered with dulce de leche, cinnamon sugar, shaved chocolate and almond slivers. Your eyes will bulge in delight after taking your first bite, followed by sounds of enjoyment and quickly disappointment that they are all gone. Life is short; get the churros.

To learn more about Sol Mexican Cocina in Irvine, visit www.solcocina.com.

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