Solita to open traditional Mexican taco restaurant in the NQ


The brand that brought Manchester one of its first tastes of dirty food is now set to introduce the first traditional Mexican taqueria to the city.

El Taquero (Spanish for the taco-maker) will be offering freshly made tacos and quesadillas from 100% corn tortillas, all handmade daily in house using a newly imported tortilla press direct from Mexico City.

Signature tacos and quesadillas will include carne asada, pork carnitas, smoked chicken, housemade Mexican chorizo, shrimp, fish and numerous veggie options plus a few unorthodox twists appearing on their weekly specials boards.

Diners get to add their own additional fresh toppings and sauces including salsa verde, salsa roja, chopped onions, coriander and a very spicy habanero sauce at the serving stations.

The drinks offering will include a margarita menu & other tequila-based cocktails sold by the glass or carafe plus a wide selection of Mexican beers.

The restaurant will be on the ground floor and basement of the Margolis Building on Back Turner Street previously occupied by the Bouncing Czech and Montpellier’s.

The  decor will be inspired by Mexico’s traditional taquerias, using vibrant Mexican colours in a rustic setting with artwork and fabrics sourced from Mexico itself.

Look out for the ‘living wall’ on the first floor, another first for Manchester.

It will feature and a cool Latino soundtrack providing the perfect setting for a quick lunch, an after work pit stop or a full dining experience.

The site, which is currently undergoing a major renovation, will re-open at the beginning of August with a week of soft opening and a VIP launch party.

The concept and decor evolved following travels by owners Simon Pogson and Franco Sotgiu to taquerias across Mexico and the southern US states, the heartland of the modern taqueria.

“We’re confident this new concept will be a genuine first for Manchester,” they said. “Tacos make a great lunch, snack or dinner and we are confident ours will be the best serving a taco starved Manchester with something it has never seen before. We’re keen to show people how a real taco should be served.”

El Taquero will be open 7 days a week from midday until late. For more information visit


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