Dakotas brings a wide range of food, cocktails and a chilled atmosphere to Yorkville – Shaw Local

YORKVILLE — If you ever fancy a pretzel bigger than your head, a volley of tomato soup shooters with mini grilled cheese pairings, a Bloody Mary topped with mini wagyu burgers, a leg of turkey, deviled eggs, shrimp — I could go on — Dakotas got you covered.

Quirky menu items aside, Dakotas is an inviting place with a great vibe. It’s the perfect place to have a drink with a friend on a relaxing terrace or have a nice lunch with well-designed cocktails.

Walking up to the front door, you can peek into the beautiful patio and water feature that are set back from the street views. Enter through the front doors to discover premium tequila and whiskey bottles 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.

Watermelon Sugar High is like a watermelon margarita with a hint of spice and caffeine. The tequila-based cocktail is mixed with a Celsius energy drink, poured over muddled watermelon and rimmed with sweet and spicy chamoy.

The Smoke on the Fox is a variant of the Manhattan that replaces the bitters with Licor 43 and takes a brief shvitz inside a smoke globe to give the cocktail a sweet, smoky finish.

The Smoke on the Fox is a smoky version of the Manhattan, replacing the bitters with Licor 43, giving the cocktail a sweet finish.  One of many cocktails at Dakotas.

Although I’m not usually a fan of table service, the smoke show was well worth the show for the robust flavors it lends to the cocktail, and I will definitely be ordering a Smoke on the Fox when I return to the Dakotas.

For the food, we started with a freshly baked Bavarian pretzel, which is over a foot in diameter and worth ordering, even if the pretzel wasn’t delicious – which it was – just for the sauces with which it is served. It comes with honey mustard and pickled jalapeño cheese sauces that give the warm, doughy pretzel a touch of sweetness or spice, respectively.

The freshly baked Bavarian pretzel at Dakotas is an appetizer that must be shared.  The pretzel is over a foot in diameter and comes with honey mustard sauces and pickled jalapeno cheese.

For our meals, my companion ordered the truffle burger, and I ordered the brisket tacos.

The truffle burger is a rich and decadent plate disguised as bar food. Topped with truffled goat cheese, portobello mushrooms, pickled jalapeño, arugula and Jack Daniel’s ketchup, it’s as comforting as it is unexpected.

The truffle burger is a rich and decadent plate disguised as bar food.  You won't find this burger on any other menu in Yorkville.

You won’t find this burger on any other menu in Yorkville.

Gringos tacos, served in your choice of corn tortilla or bao bread, may not be traditional, but they pack in delicious flavors. The brisket was topped with chipotle mayo, pico de gallo, and avocado, and served with rice and beans.

Gringos tacos, served in your choice of corn tortilla or bao bread, may not be traditional, but they pack in delicious flavors.

One thing Dakota has is reach. Whether you’re an onion tower and beer lover or more of a deli and craft cocktail lover, you’ll find something you love at Dakotas.

Dakotas has a menu that can’t be fully explored in one meal, and I’ll be back to try the deviled eggs, chicken and waffles, and many more cocktails.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO:

Address: 227 Heustis St., Yorkville, IL 60560

Phone: 630-381-9390

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Website: dakotas.us.

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