Restaurateur Jesus Galvez and his partner Chef Manny Velasco, who was honored as the Golden Foodies 2017 Rising Star Chef of the Year, were at the forefront of the food truck trend when they started Sol Agave as a taco truck in 2015. They attracted such a loyal following for their upscale Mexican cuisine that they decided to open a restaurant in San Juan Capistrano in 2016. The success of that original location lead to moving into a larger space within the same retail center just a year later.
Most of Sol Agave’s menu will be the same as the original location, with a focus on organic ingredients, fresh seafood, USDA Prime steak, and all-natural pork for its carnitas. The new restaurant at Kaleidoscope will add a gourmet taqueria section with handmade tortillas, and a few new specialty items including Ceviche a la Mesa with fresh mahi mahi and served with tostaditas.
Signature dishes that will remain at the new location include Our Famous Carnitas (chef’s famous Mexican braised pork, served with rice, refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, “trocka” sauce, and hand-made corn tortillas), Tacos de Hongo (skirt steak, portabello mushrooms, grilled onions, and cheese served on a hot skillet with salsa morita, rice, refried beans and hand-made tortillas), and Camarones Vallarta (jumbo breaded Mexican prawns, butterflied and stuffed with Dungeness crab, topped in a Creole tomato spicy sauce, and served with cilantro rice.)
Popular cocktails not to miss include the Table Side Old Fashioned (Hornitos Black Barrel añejo tequila, corazon chocolate bitters, splash of agave and mango) infused and flamed table side with rosemary and orange. Sol Agave also offers an array of margaritas, including the Grilled Piña Margarita (Maestro Dobel tequila, muddled grilled piña, jalapeños, agave mix, chili rim.) Guests should be sure to save room for the Sol Agave Mexican Coffee (artisan cinnamon-based coffee with tequila, Kahlua, and Bailey’s.)
Sol Agave will feature rustic wood accents, white stone and colorful paintings, along with a patio for al fresco dining. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily, along with Happy Hour from 3-6pm. A weekend brunch will be available later in the summer.
Sol Agave will be located on the top level of Kaleidoscope at 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy. in Mission Viejo. For more information, visit www.solagavesjc.com.