Arizona's Best, Food & Drink — March 17, 2012 5:00 pm

Restaurant To Try This Week: SOL

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SOL Mexican Cocina, a Baja-inspired Mexican restaurant and the latest addition to the great collection of restaurants at Scottsdale Quarter, will open its doors on Tuesday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m.

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SOL’s menu stays true to the simple and fresh Baja style of cooking, with flavorful dishes built around impeccably fresh seafood, premium meats, and more than 17 fresh salsas made daily. SOL’s menu features Baja classics like Ensenada Beer-Battered Fish Tacos, Carne Asada Street Tacos (made with premium beef) and Cocktel de Mariscos. These are served alongside innovative creations that offer a twist on Mexican favorites, such as the Taco Vampiro; Hot & Raw Ceviche; Shortribs Barbacoa; grilled Fish Taco Zarandeado and Kobe Skirt Steak, as well as innovative guacamoles and many other unique items. Enjoy Chaya Empanadas stuffed with Mexican cheeses, epazote and zucchini flowers, topped with Borrracho Black Beans, or a savory Warm Goat Cheese with Piloncillo-Chipotle Syrup, roasted salted peanuts and cilantro. Everything on the menu is made fresh daily, from scratch, and the menu changes several times a year to showcase the best of the season.

Much of the menu can be made vegetarian and vegan-friendly and most items are 100% gluten-free. The ‘stealth health’ approach is geared towards fresh, delicious food that happens to be low-fat and healthful – though there are plenty of indulgences to be had as well, such as the Tres Pecados (Three Sins) – a rich dulce de leche flan with caramel, dark chocolate-almond bark and whipped cream. SOL is committed to using sustainable fish and beef and pork that has been humanely raised and sourced. Local and/or organic produce is used whenever possible.

SOL’s creative bar menu features signature margaritas and cocktails that are true originals, each one made by hand to order. Margaritas are prepared with fresh-squeezed lime and citrus juices with a touch of sweetness, and hand-muddled fresh fruit and herbs for a perfect balance of flavor and character. Popular favorites include the Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita, the Organic Slim Margarita, a classic Partida Margarita or the ‘Farmers Market’ margarita made with Don Julio and ingredients that change to reflect the season. Mexican beers, micheladas, bulldogs or a glass of wine from SOL’s coastal wine list pair beautifully with the food menu.

SOL Mexican Cocina is located on the north end of The Scottsdale Quarter at 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd. For more information, call, 480.245.6708 or visit solcocina.com.

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