After reading several positive reviews I chose Hawthorn for a birthday dinner prior to attending a nearby concert. I prefer to sample locally owned restaurants that offer a variety of entrees. Hawthorn met all of my criteria and more! A friend and I agreed that several menu offerings sounded tempting. After a few visits from our friendly and knowledgeable server, our decisions were made even more difficult. Our server mentioned a number of extra appetizer and entree options in addition to the generous menu choices. Our shared appetizer was a delicious chicken and cheese dish (a special). We each chose a beef offering from about 20 entree possibilities. Each entree was picture perfect and the beef was tender enough to cut with a fork. An outstanding California wine complemented our meal nicely. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and courteous. While there's nothing outstanding about the exterior or setting of Hawthorn Grill, every aspect of the interior experience could not have been more pleasing! On a 5 star scale, I award 5 stars!!!!
My wife and I had a great dinner with our friends last week. The food was made to perfection. Steak Tips & Mushroom dinner was superb, The Rissoto is to die for, and the filet was awesome. I saw the comment below, but our experience with Chef Candace was outstanding. She was kind and appreciative, and will talk food to the extreme! Sustainable seafood, proteins with no chemicals, and local suppliers. This Dayton Independent is a MUST TRY!
On 12-14-11 nine friends and I met at the Hawthorn Grill for our Christmas gathering. One of the girls had recently spent 12 days in the hospital, discharged 2 days prior to Thanksgiving and then fell ill again and was bed restricted again for 5 days. She suffers from a rare intestinal disorder such that she is unable to eat anything by mouth other than a special broth. Her nutrition is infused intravenously over a 12 hour period daily. So for 12 hours every day she is tethered to a pump. However on this night our friend was feeling well enough to join us at the restaurant. When wine orders were taken she pulled the waiter aside and mentioned that she can't eat anything other than the special broth that she had brought along. Next thing you know the manager is telling us that there is a $10 charge for her to sit at the table with 9 others. This was upsetting and embarrassing to my friend. Next the owner came out and said that it was a not only a $10 charge but that her bringing food into the restaurant was a health risk. (Do mom's not bring in formula, Cheerios, etc for babies?) We couldn't believe that the human compassion factor did not exit in that place, so 9 buying customers walked over to Elsa's where broth was permitted and we had a great time!
HAVE LIVED IN KETTERING CENTERVILLE AREA FOR 63 YEARS AND THERE IS NOT AN EATERY THAT I HAVE NOT VISITED (OK EXCEPT CHINESE)AND I AM SORRY I HAVE NOT BEEN TO THE HAWTHORE GRILL EARLIER. WENT ON 12-2-11 AND HAD THE GRILLED STEAK AND IT WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST EVERTHING COOKED PERFECTLY. I CAN NOT WAIT TO GO BACK. THIS PLACE IS EXCEPTIONAL AND THE PEOPLE AND CHEF ARE TERRIFIC. THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE NEW NEIL'S RESTAURANT WHICH SERVED UNDERCOOKED PORK WITH A CALIFORNIA THEME.
We were in over restaurant week and the food was very good. Chef Candace came to our table and discussed the high quality, fresh local products used in her meals. A very cozy setting, with excellent service, and a unique menu of comfort food...a MUST try!
Had been to the same address during two other incarnations---Field's & Sopranos in a fairly brief period of time. Neither meal memorable--you know how some addresses seem to be the kiss of death..?
8 pm when we arrived. Restaurant half empty. To be expected. One of the perks of dining out in Kettering is mature demographic--we like to eat late, & usually the older folks are starting to file out just about the time we are checking in with hostess;seldom have to wait for a table.
Immediately greeted by friendly young hostess & settled us near the gas fireplace in comfy booth with high backs, giving nice illusion of privacy.
Ambiance: intimate, dimly lit, peaceful. Tasteful paintings with touches of red that picked up the red of the beadboard. Linen covered tables and napkins. Simple water glasses with fresh posies added a nice casualness at each table. Unfortunately, televisions on the other side of the room provided a jarring note. Obviously leftover from when the building served as Field's Sports Bar. Note to owner: just because the tvs are there, you don't need to have them on. Area where the tvs are located adjacent to the bar and evidently once was the bar area, but now is dining area. I would NOT be happy to be seated there.
Immediately provided ice water, menus and wine list. Personable young server, Alison, took our wine orders: I chose the Tall Poppy Merlot (I liked the name) and DH a Hawkscrest Cab. While we waited a few minutes for our wine, we perused menu and decided on appetizer. Alison returned with our wine & we ordered the Mediterranean Appetizer, which seemed to be similar to a Greek antipasta platter. As she put the order in, lifted my glass to admire the color of the merlot---very pretty, but held so, the glass clearly showed lots of greasy fingerprints. A bit off-putting. Wine was as promised, very fruity, not too dry, with soft, lovely finish. On the other hand, DH did not like his cab at all and said so. Obviously in ear-shot of one of the waitstaff, because within minutes, Alison reappeared and inquired as to which of us did not like the wine. DH admitted was him, she asked what else he would prefer (a glass of my merlot) and carried off the maligned cab with no fuss.
Also brought us a basket of bread which I believe she told us was provided by Zelingerman? Dense & chewy & yeasty with a sprinkling of salt. Accompanying it was a rosemary & red-chili infused oil & a dill, chive & parsley butter. It was hard to decide which we like best. Happily, before we could devour all the bread and get too full, our appy showed up.
The Mediterranean Appetizer arrived on a simple white platter; 8 wedges of grilled pita bread, red & gold roasted beets (supposed to be orange-thyme infused, but I didn't detect those tastes & am glad-- beets didn't need added flavor), hummus, kalamata olives, skordalia, tzatsiki, pepperoncini, & some triangles of the best Feta I've ever had. Took just a few minutes to realize that by building a precarious mound of a bit of each ingredient on our pita bread, created the perfect bite. Cool tanginess of the tzatski, sweet earthiness of the beet, buttery smoothness of the hummus, briny bite of olive, the nip of the pepperoncini, the pungency of the garlicy skordalia----melded to make a party in your mouth. DH does not like beets or olives, but he readily admitted that without the combination of a bit of everything, the bite lacked. YUMMO!
As we enjoyed our appetizer, the chef visited our table. Very charming lady and we were pleased to tell her how much we were enjoying the appy.
We were never rushed, which is nice.Alison took our entree order when she cleared the (empty) platter away. DH ordered the Chicken & Pasta Rockefeller. I selected Fish & Chips. Meals arrived within 10 mins, fresh and piping hot. Chicken & Pasta Rockefeller: organic chicken breast, orzo, artichoke hearts, applewood smoked bacon, spinach, parmigiano ~reggiano, & Pernod-Cream sauce.Chicken cooked perfectly, flavors married well, pernod providing a piquant anise note that sang with the smokiness of the bacon. DH VERY happy. You know, a dish with lots of flavors can "hide". Fish & Chips is what it is---battered fried fish & chips.What mine was: DELICIOUS. Perfectly done grouper in a tempura like batter; seasoned, homemade chips; fab housemade tartar sauce with tang of lemon. It's simple perfection was just right after the complexity of the appetizer. But don't order the Fish&Chips for the slaw. The roasted corn & red pepper slaw was boring and tasteless & brought nothing to the party. The biggest disappointment of meal, it had sounded intriguing. Found no corn, 2 matchsticks of red pepper, & was there supposed to be a dressing?
We didn't have room for any of the housemade desserts, but they sounded delicious. Next time. And there will be a next time. We really liked The Hawthorn Grill & can't wait to try it a second time. Recommend!
You have a review from Mark Fisher about Sopranos. The Hawthorn Grill is not Sopranos. Sopranos which was an Italian restaraunt went out of business and then a new owner purchased the building and named it The Hawthorn Grill. The food now is American with a twist. Very good and at a reasonable price.
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