Get Me Some SOL

by Mike Hunter

PowerLunch_SOL-ScottsdaleDining-Room---no-peopleSimple, fresh and made with a modern interpretation is how to describe the exciting SOL Cocina. This vibrant Mexican eatery located in the Scottsdale Quarter is an energetic hub celebrating the Baja, Mexico, tradition with food, drink and even music.

For lunch, enjoy this cultural hot spot that offers a great menu and terrific, speedy service in an atmosphere that denotes a sophisticated Baja “open kitchen” design. Using the freshest seasonal ingredients, all sauces and salsas are made fresh daily.

The lunch menu is a brief version of the dinner menu with many “smaller” dishes offering a taste of the traditions that has made Mexican (Baja in particular) food a great option for lunch. Start off with the Naked Guacamole, made as naturally as can be with Haas avocados, lime, cilantro, onion, Serrano chile and tomato — among other versions of the guacamole options. Some of the other starter dishes offer Baja classics like ceviche, peel-and-eat shrimp and panuchos.

PowerLunch_SOL-Carne-con-Rajas-y-PapasThe taco combos are a “grande” part of this menu, with more than eight options that include the Ensenada-style Fish Taco made with pico de gallo and cabbage smothered in a creamy lime sauce. The simple Carne Asada Street Taco, classic Carnitas Street Taco and the Battered Shrimp Taco are among the most well-known (and delicious). A Sweet Potato and Black Bean taco is an unexpected favorite with a different twist; so flavorful, it is made with caramelized onion, poblano chili, Mexican cheese and chipotle sauce. The Sloppy Jose is a Tortas made with pork carnitas, sliced avocado, onion, cilantro and chicharron. The menu includes some exotic and tropical salads and the flavorful Tortilla Soup with Chicken.

A celebratory atmosphere adds to the great flavors of this authentic Mexican-inspired restaurant set in the new, urban Scottsdale Quarter. A very comfortable patio and chic design make this Scottsdale Mexican restaurant a great choice for lunch. Catering and private events are available with some great spaces and inventive menus. A nighttime hotspot as well, this place can be packed like a nightclub as it boasts live music and an extensive drink menu.

SOL Cocina Scottsdale
15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 245-6708

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