Hello from Sacramento, California!
After a 12 hour day of driving and very little to eat, I had garnered up quite a large appetite to say the least. And Dawson’s at the Hyatt Regency in Old Sacramento fit the bill.
Even if the restaurant didn’t share my last name, the staff make you feel like family from the moment you walk through the doors. To whet your appetite, they bring you a selection of bread with a delicious olive tapenade. To follow, my traveling companion and fellow Dawson and I shared three items on the menu, all executed to perfection.
1. Beefsteak tomato and red onion salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.
2. Dungeness crab cakes delicately flavoured with saffron, fennel, cilantro, and chives. (The crab is the star here, and the cake flakes apart.)
3. Gnocchi topped with a ragu of slowly braised beef and tomatoes. (Very rich, but the sweet element of the tomatoes brightens the dish.)
Already impressed, our server, Rick, then brought out a complimentary dessert that I have almost no words for, aside from of course declaring it Culinary Royalty – a silky, New York-Style Cheesecake with a chocolate espresso crust, white chocolate whipped cream mousse on top, and shavings of white chocolate.
If my word isn’t quite enough to convince you of making a trip to Dawson’s, maybe you’ll take Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dive’s word. He is, in fact, a regular – so if you’re a Food Network-aholic like myself, you know he means business.
Driving the west coast? Check out:
Dawson’s, Hyatt Regency at Capitol Park, Sacramento
If you know of any must-tries between Sacramento and Los Angeles for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, don’t hesitate in letting your local Cuisine Queen know! xx