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Solano's, A West Coast Bistro

78075 Main St., Ste. 105-106 (52nd Ave.) Send to Phone
760-771-6655 | Menu
A Mexican-born chef gets creative with American cuisine resulting in a palatable place to dine for lunch and dinner.

Lunch & Dinner daily (closed Sun. June-Oct.)

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Solano's, A West Coast Bistro Restaurant Review

: This Old Town La Quinta restaurant is known for its loyal clientele and use of fresh ingredients. Co-owner and executive chef Francisco Solano keeps things interesting without being overly zealous with trendy techniques, and menu items shows off his delicate and subtle way with flavors and textures. The house salad, for example, mixes the tender sweetness of blueberries with tart and crisp green apple wedges, crunchy glazed walnuts and the bite of feta cheese, all dressed with a blueberry vinaigrette. Offerings are seasonal. Favorite appetizers for summer are the gazpacho cocktail, a raspberry and Brie quesadilla and the crab cakes. Pecan-crusted sand dabs; beef short ribs; and chicken breast stuffed with artichoke hearts, spinach, mushrooms and mozzarella with a tomato basil sauce lead a worthy pack of entrées. Solano also offers a special prix-fixe menu during summer, though its components change weekly.


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