**** (4 stars)
The Dawson has a nice selection of shareable plates and one of the best spirits lists in town.
We started with ceviche and the bacon wrapped figs. Both were excellent. Buratta was less impressive and seemed a bit flavorless, although the grilled peaches accompanying it were good.
For mains we had the fried chicken and the bacon burger. Both of these were also excellent.
We also had mac and cheese, and grilled asparagus as sides. These were both tepid, but the manager happily replaced them and the hot versions were excellent.
The outside dining area is one of the most pleasant in town, and I can imagine it being lovely to sit by the fireplace on a cool night.
730 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654