While you can dine very well in Chicago's neighborhoods, most local joints aren't as ambitious as Sola, which would be right at home downtown and probably far more expensive there. Now North Siders don't have to travel far for ginger-glazed salmon, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, and barramundi with black rice. Chef-owner-surfer Carol Wallack's affinity for Hawaii shows in Pacific Rim fare like "Kalua" pot stickers and Kauai prawns. Proving its affection for the neighborhood,
the restaurant is fronted by a wall of windows and is warm within, thanks to a gas fireplace. Go around the corner to Byron Street to find the front door.