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Runway Playa Vista is a happening new area of Playa Del Rey…chock full of restaurants, shops and a Whole Foods.

I had a chance to review one of the restaurants….SOL Cocina features the cuisine of the Baja region of Mexico. One always feels better starting a Mexican meal with a skinny margarita…so of course I opted for the less caloric cocktail first, but then moved on to the house margarita. Both were tasty, although the latter was especially delicious and included orange juice, SOL’s house-made sour mix (Agavales Blanco), and a splash of Patron Citronge.

We began our Mexican feast with the Hot and Raw Ceviche served with sweet potato and beet chips, along with the Guacamole Sol, Grilled Sweet Corn, and Shrimp Cucarachas. All of these dishes were fantastic. The ceviche was fresh and delightful. The guacamole was created at the table and featured added touches such as mango, tequila and goat cheese. The corn was spicy and savory, also cut and served right at the table. The shrimp were cooked to perfection.

We also enjoyed delicious Carne Asada Tacos, which were fully loaded with pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, etc., along with the Queso Vampiro Taco (not on the happy hour) which offered all of the above, plus an additional layer of cotixa cheese between two corn tortillas.

The dinner was wonderful, and I will definitely be returning. SOL Cocina Playa Vista is located in the Runway at Playa Vista, 12775 W. Millennium, Suite 160, Playa Vista, 90094; (424) 289-0066; http://solcocina.com

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