I recently have had the opportunity to try a new restaurant by the name of Solstice on North Halstead and have come away favorably impressed.
The restaurant serves serves a variety of small and large plates that seem to focus on good solid American cooking. The small plate appetizers range from $7-10. While the entrees are in the $15-20 range.
On my first trip there, I ordered a very nice halibut in a citrus butter sauce that was wonderfully cooked mopist and tender throughout. I asked the staff to hold the mashed potatoes advertised on the menu due to dietary restrictions and they offered to make it into a salad for me so that it could meet my requirements.
My dining partner that night wasn't very hungry and chose the cocunut shrimp appetizer 9remove all thoughts of Red Lobster from your head. He got 6-7 large shrimp coated in crispy coconut and deep fried. I tried one and they were might tasty.
Since then, I've returned a couple of times for drinks and appetizers. I've been favorably impressed by a hot crab souffle and a parmesan artichoke dip. One one visit, a friend sampled a bourbon glazed filet and proclaimed it awesome.
So, what is Solstice? It's definitely a yuppified pretty room with upscale food that appeals to the average resident of the neighborhood. I first learned of the restaurant after having drinks across from the CIA trained chef at a local watering hole one night.
Is the cooking world class? No. Is it deecidely authentic to some true tradition of cooking? No.
It's just a good neighborhood place serving well cooked food in a nice room with an attentive wait staff. Sometimes, you have to appreciate a place that handles the basics right.
2666 N. Halstead
Just South of Diversey