Jazz & Blues


The Dawson

Chicago-Fulton River District

4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

The crowd-pleasing spot from Billy Lawless, of Gage, and Branko Palikuca of the Topaz Café and Amber Café, boasts Rene DeLeon, the former sous chef of Next, in the kitchen, serving classic American grub to an appreciative crowd.

The crowd-pleasing spot from Billy Lawless, of Gage, and Branko Palikuca of the Topaz Café and Amber Café, boasts Rene DeLeon, the former sous chef of Next, in the kitchen, serving classic American grub to an appreciative crowd. There’s a pleasing mix of the old timey and the contemporary to The Dawson, its design paying homage to the late 19th century furniture store of the same name. Located in an imposing River West building on the intersection of Grand, Halsted and Milwaukee, all brick and glass, spanning several floors and seating over 200, it serves a creative and eclectic array of dishes, including beef tongue sliders, pork belly tacos, Waldorf salad, funnel cakes and agnolotti with pig face. Your stomach, if not your arteries, will be thankful for their homemade honey-dipped buttermilk biscuits. There’s a similarly creative spark shown in the cocktail programming, which features a range of drinks made using house-made sodas, local ingredients and artisan spirits. Their beer selections are all draft, the usual suspects mingling with a good sprinkling of craft IPAs. Their cocktail-beer hybrids also sound pretty exciting and the wine list is well worth checking out too.

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