YORKVILLE – If you ever find yourself in the mood for a pretzel bigger than your head, a flight of tomato soup shooters with mini grilled cheese pairings, a Bloody Mary garnished with wagyu sliders, a turkey leg, deviled eggs, shrimp – I could go on – Dakotas has you covered.
Quirky menu items aside, Dakotas is an inviting place with a great atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink with a friend on a relaxing patio or have a nice lunch with some well-crafted cocktails.
Walking to the front door, you get a peek at the beautiful patio and water feature that are tucked away from street views. Enter the front doors to displays of high end bottles of tequila and whiskey and a real motorcycle on display in the main dining area.
We started with cocktails; my companion ordered a Watermelon Sugar High, and for me the Smoke on the Fox.
The Watermelon Sugar High is like a watermelon margarita with a kick of both spice and caffeine. The tequila-based cocktail is mixed with Celsius energy drink, poured over muddled watermelon and rimmed with sweet and spicy chamoy.
The Smoke on the Fox is a twist on the Manhattan that replaces bitters with Licor 43 and takes a brief shvitz inside a globe of smoke to give the cocktail a sweet and smoky finish.
While I am generally not a fan of tableside services, the smoke show was well worth the spectacle for the robust flavors it lends to the cocktail, and I will, no doubt, be ordering a Smoke on the Fox when I return to Dakotas.
For food, we started with a fresh baked Bavarian pretzel, which is over a foot in diameter and would be worth ordering, even if the pretzel wasn’t delicious – which it was – just for the dipping sauces it is served with. It comes with honey mustard and pickled jalapeño cheese sauces that give the warm doughy pretzel a touch of sweetness or spice, respectively.
For our meals, my companion ordered the truffle burger, and I ordered the brisket tacos.
The truffle burger is a rich, decadent plate masquerading as bar food. Topped with truffle goat cheese, portobello mushrooms, pickled jalapeño, arugula and Jack Daniel’s ketchup, it’s as comforting as it is unexpected.
You won’t find this burger on another menu in Yorkville.
The Gringos Tacos, served in your choice of corn tortilla or bao bun, may not be traditional, but they deliver great flavors. The brisket was topped with chipotle mayo, pico de gallo and avocado, and served with rice and beans.
One thing Dakotas has is range. Whether you’re an onion ring tower and beer kind of individual or more of a charcuterie board and craft cocktail person, you’ll find something you like at Dakotas.
Dakotas has a menu that can not be explored fully in one meal, and I will be back to try the deviled eggs, chicken and waffles, and many more cocktails.
IF YOU GO:
Address: 227 Heustis St., Yorkville, IL 60560
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
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