Like waking a hibernating bear, waking a dormant stomach causes violent growls that can be silenced only by fresh Hawaiian cuisine and 20 minutes of gentle patting. Ward off vicious appetites with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of food and drink at Sola Restaurant.
Widely lauded by the local press, Sola Restaurant augments American cuisine with Hawaiian and Asian flavors to create a worldly menu of small plates and delectable entrees. California–native owner and executive chef Carol Wallack, dubbed "an evil genius" by Chicago magazine, infuses the eatery's locally sourced ingredients with the flavorful zest of warmer climes in dishes such as the cucumber and pineapple sea green salad ($8). Diners can divvy up an appetizer of artichoke fritters with truffle aioli and soy-lime sauce ($8) or create jobs for out-of-work napkins with the barbecue-sauce-slathered kalua pork served with banana bread ($11).
For a main course, seared salmon arrives glistening in ginger glaze and truffle-teriyaki sauce ($27), and the wagyu burger with caramelized onions and cambozola cheese ($16) reclines on its hearty pretzel bun while begging for additional security detail to keep pals from pillaging bites.
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Sola Restaurant a spot on Groupon's Best of 2011 list.
Even in the dead of a Chicago winter, chef Carol Wallack and her crew imbue Sola Restaurant with the warmth of the Hawaiian islands. In the kitchen, Carol relies on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients to craft Hawaiian-inspired fare, balancing sweet and spicy flavors in dishes such as poke, a raw fish salad. Her passion for the Pacific sun and surf continues into the dining room, where a sandy color scheme and soft, lantern-like lighting evoke an evening spent stranded on a deserted island. Each month brings special announcements, such as a celebrated ingredient on which Wallack places special emphasis. The wine and beer lists also continually evolve along with the menu. These efforts have earned Sola Restaurant plentiful press and awards, such as Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence 2010.
Burger was cooked to perfection and the pretzel bun was a nice touch. The truffle fries were amazing and I could eat them plain.Rachel G., Yelp, 1/30/12
As good as the burgers are at sola, it would be a mistake to ignore the rest of the menu. Highlights at dinner include wasabi-crusted scallopsDaniel Zemans, Serious Eats, 6/16/11
Tips from Groupon Customers
“A wonderful restaurant with superb food and a wait staff that is professional and wonderful in every way. ”
“Great food but Menu is al carte nice & cozy ”
“food was wonderful; service superb”
3868 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60613