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Retail Therapy: Enjoy flavors of Baja

December 31, 2013|By Candice Baker

Fresh Mex: The much-anticipated fresh casual Mexican restaurant Solita Tacos & Margaritas has opened at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, 7631 Edinger Ave., Suite 1508. Created by the team behind SOL Cocina of Newport Beach and featuring the big flavors of coastal Baja and a showcase wood grill, Solita offers an all-weather patio and indoor/outdoor bar. It is currently open for dinner service and will begin offering lunch Thursday. Information: solitatacos.com.

For auld lang syne: New Year's Eve offers a variety of ways to ring in the new year. Some of our favorites include two three-course seating options at Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, at Newport Dunes. The menu includes a first-course choice of salad, lobster bisque or seared ahi. Second-course selections include filet mignon with crab stuffed shrimp, sea bass on polenta with chipotle honey glaze or lamb chops in a balsamic reduction. For dessert, enjoy crème brulee, molten chocolate cake or cheesecake. The first seating, from 5 to 7 p.m., is $75 per person. The second seating, from 8 p.m. to midnight, is $95 per person and includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Information: (949) 729-1144 or backbaybistronewportbeach.com.

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Over at Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, a three-course prix fixe menu is $55 per person. It begins with a compressed Maine lobster salad and snow crab claws. Entrée choices include a prime Black Angus filet mignon or mushroom crusted Chilean sea bass. Finally, choose any dessert from the Bayside menu. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Information: (949) 721-1222 or baysiderestaurant.com.

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