Sales Coordinator Erica Hale Guest Blogs Her Take on Best Local Spot The Dawson
On Friday, Oct. 25, I was pleased to attend my very first restaurant opening. Being the foodie that I am, I couldn’t wait until The Dawson was ready to accept reservations on Open Table. Its highly anticipated opening didn’t disappoint.
The Dawson is nestled in River West near the busy Grand Ave. and Halsted St. The smell of the grill hits you as soon as you walk into the door. The restaurant has an industrial feel with extremely high ceilings, and wood and iron accents.
The Dawson is the brain child of Bill Lawless, the owner of Best Local restaurants The Gage and Henri. The modestly priced menu is not extensive, but has a huge variety and is somewhat exotic, including the oyster po’boy and smoked beef tongue sliders. Lawless describes it as “cheap & cheerful” in Crain’s.
For starters, I had the pork tacos (al pastor) that were high on the flavor profile, paired with a Zodiac Cobbler cocktail. The drink was mild with smooth, fruity notes, just as the server noted. The burger had the fresh grilled taste I was hoping for. However, I did experience some plate envy. The person next to me had chicken-fried New York steak with mashed potatoes, collard greens, and honey butter biscuits. I will be sure to try that next time.
The service alone was great. The owner made his rounds to every table to make sure everyone was having a pleasant experience. The server made sure my glass never went dry. This Best Local spot is perfect to try something new and enjoy with a friend.
The Dawson is walking distance from Kingsbury Plaza, 400 N LaSalle, and 180 N Jefferson in the West Loop and River North.