Solita Tacos & Margaritas (“Solita”), from Xperience Restaurant Group, one of the nation’s leading operators of casual, polished casual and fine dining Mexican restaurants, today announced it will launch its first East Coast location by opening in downtown Orlando in fall 2022 at 200 S. Orange Avenue. Orlandoans can expect an enticing culinary and beverage experience that highlights Baja-style cuisine, as well as the special variety of tequila, mezcal, and margaritas Solita is known for. Solita currently has four locations in Southern California and will open a Chicago location this summer.

Boasting 5,800 square feet on the ground floor of a spectacular 30-story Class A office tower, Solita Orlando will feature a sleek, modern twist on a tequila distillery with a lively atmosphere, offering the perfect backdrop for a friendly group dinner, casual date night, or fun celebration. Nearby attractions include the Amway Center, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the famous Lake Eola Fountain, known for the nightly dancing light show, and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Solita Orlando will seat up to 190 guests indoors in addition to 28 guests on its outdoor patio.

“Downtown Orlando’s vibrant dining and entertainment scene is the perfect backdrop for Solita’s unique and lively dining experience,” says Randy Sharpe, CEO of Xperience Restaurant Group. “We look forward to bringing our delicious wood-grilled tacos and one-of-a-kind margaritas to Floridians.”

Inspired by the charro cooking of northern Mexico, Solita Orlando’s menu will showcase familiar Mexican fare along with items cooked on an oak-fired grill and smoker, paired with over 20 different housemade salsas and hand-muddled margaritas. The beverage program will feature one-of-a-kind margaritas, and a curated collection of more than 60 tequilas and mezcals. Solita will also offer a mix-and-match option from the “Tacos Locos” list, which highlights the culinary team’s inventive way of utilizing traditional and unique ingredients. Solita’s dishes and hand-crafted drinks will include:

·Pork Belly Dorado Taco, pork belly smoked in-house for six hours, served with amarillo hot sauce, onions, cilantro, and slaw;

·Vampiro Taco, double tortilla with cheese, serrano peppers, green onions, guacamole, chipotle sauce, cotija cheese, and salsa fresca; comes with a choice of carne asada or grilled chicken;

·Grilled Corn Elote, roasted and wood-grilled sweet corn carved tableside with butter, chipotle sauce, ground California chile, cotija cheese, and green onions;

·Nachitos Perfecto, tortilla chips, black beans, red chile sauce, cheese, jalapeño, guacamole, chipotle, and sour cream;

·Steak Carne Asada, wood-grilled Angus steak, avocado, jalapeños, toreados, scallions, and chimichurri; served with 2 sides;

·Watermelon Margarita, Lunazul Reposado Tequila, muddled watermelon, lime juice, simple syrup (Also available in pitchers);

·El Volcan, Chamucos blanco, lime juice, ginger syrup, soda water, served tableside with creme de cassis; and

·Mezcalero, smoky mezcal, passion fruit, sweet guava, and lime juice, served in a chile-salt rimmed glass.

Solita Orlando will be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. The restaurant will also offer Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; Taco + Tequila Tuesday from 3 p.m. to close on Tuesdays; and Weekend Brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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