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Solita Tacos & Margaritas: Authentic Baja Food comes to Santa Clarita

I love a good story and the story behind how the new local restaurant Solita was formed is no exception.

Two Baja Mexico-going surfers fell in love with the street food in Baja Mexico and wanted to bring it to California, ala restaurant style.   They went, of all places, to a book store and found a cookbook on Baja style cooking. Then they called the Chef/Author who, ironically had a similar desire and dream.  And thus the partnership between Matt Baumayr, Rich Howland and Chef Deborah Schneider began.

First they opened Sol.  An upscale, highly- rated Mexican restaurant that focuses on the fresh flavors of Baja Mexico.  Then another one.  Finally, their patrons, who loved the food, requested a new concept.  One where they could eat every week.  Every day if they wanted.   A slightly lower-end version of the highly acclaimed original.  And Solita was born.

Last week I was invited to preview the newest Solita Tacos & Margaritas location in Valencia that opens today.   What a treat.  Fresh authentic flavors that fill your taste buds.  Schneider manages to change the Mexican food landscape here in Santa Clarita with the touch of her pans.   With a focus on fresh and sustainable food, accented with a variety of chilies Solita brings all three partner’s fiery passion and Chef Schneider’s James Beard Nominated talent to our corporate-restaurant filled town.

Even the margaritas are hand-crafted.   The Watermelon margarita, described on the menu as a simple and refreshing cocktail made with Aguavales Blanco tequila, crushed watermelon and fresh lime juice, was amazing. You could taste the fresh fruit.   We enjoyed it with the Tequila shrimp and Avocado Sundae; lightly cooked shrimp with Blanco tequila, salsa fresca, lime juice and chipotles layered with Marta’s creamy avocado sauce in a sundae glass. This creamy sundae filled with fresh shrimp had just the right amount of tang and spice to make it a perfect blend.


We also enjoyed the Wood-Grilled fajitas.

Wood grilled fajitas with crisp and seasoned vegatables.

And the Lazy enchilada.


For more info

Solita Tacos & Margaritas opens today in Valencia Town Center.