Soleo Steps Up

Owners Maria and Roberto Velasquez started with a taco cart. Now they're in Preston Hollow.

A vegetarian enchilada stuffed with black beans, tofu, roasted corn and squash is almost as good, and if you really want to eradicate every last bit of animal flavor from your meal they'll even make the enchiladas vegan, a description that's likely not used much back at El Paisa. Of course the vegans are going to miss out on borracho beans spiked with Mexican ham and thick pieces of bacon served with many other dishes.

Poor vegans.

If you drop in on Soleo and order a bowl of pozole and a plate of enchiladas and do a few shots of blanco from the modest but well-rounded tequila menu, I'm willing to bet you'll have a decent time. The dining room is large and open, and while it doesn't feel romantic or cozy, it's a fine place for dining. The staff is warm and mostly attentive, and the food is made from scratch more often than not.

Guajillo chiles give Soleo's pozole a rusty red color and earthy flavor.
Lori Bandi
Guajillo chiles give Soleo's pozole a rusty red color and earthy flavor.

Location Info


Soleo Mexican Kitchen

8611 Hillcrest Rd, 100
Dallas, TX 75225

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Park Cities



8611 Hillcrest Ave. No. 100, 214-346-1712, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $$

Ceviche $13

Gringas $10

Enchiladas verde $12

Vegetarian enchiladas $10

Fajitas $10-$21

Pozole $4 or $12

And if you do have a good time, you should drive over to Harry Hines Boulevard, past the Windmill Lounge and past Love Field. Drive just beyond the bazaar and park in front of the Continental Liquor Store with the El Paisa sign painted on its bricks. Order yourself five or so mini barbacoa tacos and cover them with chopped onions, cilantro and one of the three salsas sitting on the counter next to the taquería's register. Take a seat at one of the bar stools and sip from a bottle of soda you have to buy from the liquor store counter. This is where Soleo started rising.

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Loved El Paisa when I worked over that way about 3-4 years ago. Thankfully they took over the shuttered Dairy Queen here in Bedford so now I have those tasty tacos and delicious Asada de Puerco just minutes from my door. The breakfast tacos are also the best ever.