Friday, August 31, 2012

Taqueria del Sol set for October opening in Orlando

Taqueria del Sol, a twelve-year old successful restaurant and franchise brand that features a winning combination of a simple menu with eclectic and flavorful dishes, announces plans to open its very first franchise location outside of the company-owned stores, all located in Georgia, in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 1, 2012 just south of downtown. Franchise owners Brandon and Charlie Bengel of BRMGRP, LLC plan to open approximately 11 Taqueria del Sol's over the next several years in Central and South Florida and currently own and operate 17 Five Guys locations in Central Florida.

Ballpark Taco. Looks interesting.
Photo courtesy of Green Olive Media.
A dining experience at Taqueria del Sol is not soon forgotten. While guests stand in line, order and take a seat similar to the order of events at many fast-casual restaurants, the similarities end there. The clean and playful design, the speed at which the dishes are delivered and the taste of such original selections create a dining experience unlike many others in the fast-casual arena.

While the menu is driven by southwestern cuisine, many of the dishes feature cross-cultural flair with the spice of Mexican, the boldness of southwestern and the comfort of southern cuisines. The restaurant is truly one of a kind, juxtaposing the quality of fine dining ingredients against fast-casual prices.

A Georgia location. Orlando to look similar.
Photo courtesy of Green Olive Media.
Corporate chef Eddie Hernandez spends a large part of his time researching new ways to combine quality ingredients and concepts into delicious, affordable selections. Favorite dishes at Taqueria del Sol include the Fish Taco (tilapia dipped in an egg wash, rolled in corn masa and bread crumbs and deep-fried, served with poblano tartar sauce and pickled jalapeños), Fried Chicken Taco (strips of fried chicken breast, lime jalapeño mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato), Memphis Taco (chopped smoked pork with a spicy jalapeño coleslaw and tequila BBQ sauce), Shrimp and Corn Chowder, and Turnip Greens. Taqueria del Sol also keeps fans returning with the rotation of weekly blue plate, seafood andtaco specials. Popular specials include the Shrimp & Grits (sautéed shrimp with Eddie's jalapeño-tomato salsa and creamy grits), Cheeseburger Taco (a mixture of ground beef, spices and jalapeños, served with cheese dip, lime jalapeño mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato in a flour tortilla), Bob Taco (fried shrimp with crayfish mayonnaise, lettuce and pickled jalapeños in a flour tortilla), Buttermilk Fried Chicken and the Crispy Chile Relleno (two New Mexico green chiles stuffed with cheese, breaded, crispy fried and served with salsa frita, white rice and refried beans), an annual special that runs for a limited time each summer when the restaurant receives its shipment of freshly-harvested green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico.

Taqueria del Sol is located at 3138 South Orange Ave., Orlando, Fla. 32806 and will be open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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