We are Texas transplants.
We love Mexican food. So, when we moved to Southern Oregon in January, we started looking for “great” Mexican food. We tried many places (that we won’t name) and between the watery salsa and the over cooked tortillas, we were beginning to think we might have to move back…then, based on the recommendation of a hairdresser, we visited family-owned Solorio’s La Hacienda in Medford. (Technically it is Medford, but really it is just on the other side of Phoenix. Look for the BRIGHT YELLOW building on your right as you are leaving Phoenix going toward Medford on 99).
The first thing we noticed about Solorio’s was the decor. The restaurant is clean and bright, decorated with an abundance of plants, colorful murals, hand decorated chairs and tables and fantastic tile mosaics that are reminiscent of spring time in a Mexican villa. The next thing we noticed was the service. We have visited several times and have always been greeted with a smile. The staff are all knowledgable and attentive without being overbearing. (We can think of at least a couple restaurants in neighboring Ashland that could take a page from their book).
But, back to the food… On this particular visit we ordered a pitcher of frozen margaritas to drink. We ordered the Camarones Monterrey–bacon wrapped prawns baked in butter over a bed of sauteed white onions and topped with melted monterrey jack cheese (served Fajita style)–and the Pollo A la Crema–boneless chicken breast in a delectible parmesan cheese cream sauce with mushrooms, rice and veggies. Each dish provides ample servings and included rice, beans and tortillas. (Personal note: try the corn tortillas. They are so delicious that these traditionally flour-tortilla-lovers have permanently switched). One final note on the food: try the Carne Asada tacos. As traditional as they come, this has become a staple during each of our visits.
Additional items of interest: Solorio’s makes their own salsa and tortillas. (Easily the best in the valley). They offer a full bar and two banquet rooms that can comfortably host your event of up to 75 people.
Having since tried several items on the menu, we can safely say that if you, like us, are looking for exceptional, traditional Mexican food without having to leave the valley, you can’t go wrong with Solorio’s. So stay home (in the Valley) and check them out.
|Solorios La Hacienda|
|3405 S Pacific Highway
Medford, OR 97501-8807
Phone: (541) 512-2100