Plentiful Choices, Especially For Dessert
I came home from work after a hectic day and the thought of preparing dinner was not an option. So, my roommate and I decided to head out for something new. We drove just a quick 15 minutes from downtown Dayton into Kettering and found Hawthorn Grill at 1222 East Stroop Road.
Hawthorn Grill opened this summer offering American cuisine with a twist. We entered to find a warm inviting atmosphere that felt like home. The restaurant has flat screen TVs. In another area is a working fireplace. There are booths and tables all covered in crisp white linens. The restaurant also boasts a full bar. We were greeted by a friendly server that offered drinks
The menu offers everything from appetizers and soups to salads, pizzas and entrees – there is something for everyone. There are several vegetarian options throughout as well. Appetizers offered vary from Pate with caramelized onions on toast points ($8) to Crab Cakes with caper mayonnaise ($13). The appetizer that caught my eye after my “hectic day” was called Bad Hair Day Shrimp with sauce chinois for $9.50. Does it get any more perfect? When the appetizer arrived – large prawns wrapped in shredded phyllo dough – it gave the appearance of “bad hair” and was served on a bed of greens accompanied by a sweet and tangy sauce. My roommate ordered traditional French Onion Soup with Crispy Croutons and Melted Gruyere ($6). The soup was piping hot and
full of flavor.
There are salad options that range in price from $4 to $9 and can all be ordered entree size – chicken and shrimp can be added as well. There are also pizza options like Artichoke, BBQ Chicken or Margherita that are all $9. There are also sandwich options like the Hawthorn Grill Panini or the Natural Angus Burger both offered for $12.
The entree options are plentiful. Entres vary from chicken and ribs to seafood, pasta and steaks ranging from $16 to $26. My roommate ordered Steak Tips and Mushrooms ($18) served in Port Wine with a Rosemary reduction over Mashed Potatoes and accompanied by mixed vegetables. I chose Southwest Lasagna ($17), which was made from flour tortillas layered with Ed Hill Farms Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Salsa and Green Chile Béchamel and topped with Monterey Jack Cheese. The Lasagna came to the table bubbling hot. Each entree was full of flavors. Additionally, fresh focaccia bread is served with herb infused olive oil or butter that has been mixed with parsley, dill and chive. Trust me – you will ask for more butter. It’s delicious! The entrees are large and certainly allow plenty for leftovers.
Make sure you save room for dessert. Desserts are house made daily. We simply couldn’t decide so three options were chosen: a caramel apple bread pudding made with focaccia bread, fresh apples, cinnamon and caramel; a cherry and blueberry cobbler; and a flourless chocolate volcano cake served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream. Sample them all!
Another impressive element of this fine restaurant is its chef/owner Candace Rinke, who makes time to circulate throughout the restaurant visiting with patrons and is anxious to hear feedback. She also tries to purchase produce from local farms promoting even more business within the community.
Hawthorn Grill is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Brunch is offered Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In fact, the brunch menu is just as extensive as the dinner menu. Who wants to join me for Sunday brunch at Hawthorn Grill?
Hawthorn Grill is located at 1222 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering. For more information, call
Reach DCP dining critic Brian P. Sharp at email@example.com