The deli offers homemade desserts including a variety of cookies.
The deli offers homemade desserts including a variety of cookies. (Hanna photo)

This week, York Dispatch restaurant reviewer Hanna popped into Dawn's My Favorite Deli, 3397 N. George St., Emigsville (764-4461 or

Hanna: Betty is on vacation (again), so I took Peter along to review Dawn's My Favorite Deli. I feel like there should be a comma in that name, but the punctuation isn't really important. What's important is the food — and the food is good.

I ordered an 8-inch Turkey and Swiss sub with spicy mustard. The bread was fresh, the sub held a good amount of meat and cheese, and the spicy mustard was coarsely ground with mustard seeds. Perfect.

However, I wish I'd examined the full menu before I ordered instead of just going with the first thing I was craving. The menu is varied, with cold sandwiches, paninis, wraps, subs, grilled sandwiches and vegetarian offerings. They even serve breakfast. I should have gotten the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Panini, with muenster and cheddar cheeses, tomato and pesto.

Peter ordered a 12-inch cheese steak, which is called Special Steak on the menu. It comes with melted American cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato and seasoned oil. He said the meat was very flavorful, the amount of steak was generous, and the sauteed onions were "excellent." He didn't get tomatoes but did get lettuce and regretted it. He's of the opinion that tomatoes and lettuce "shouldn't even be an option" for a cheese steak.


Dawn's has many kinds of homemade desserts, from cookies to cake to cupcakes. Peter and I tried three types of cookies (in the interest of research, of course).

We had a chocolate chip cookie which was amazing, perfectly textured, moist and not crumbly, with huge chocolate chips. Peter said it was the best chocolate chip cookie he has had in a very long time.

Sub sandwich at Dawn’s My Favorite Deli.
Sub sandwich at Dawn's My Favorite Deli. (Hanna photo)

We also had the chewy coconut cookies, since we both love coconut. We couldn't taste the coconut, so I went up to the counter to confirm that I had gotten the right cookie. The young woman behind the counter told me I had and that the cookie was more of an oatmeal cookie and chewy. It was good, but just a regular cookie. She offered to give me another cookie for free, which I gladly accepted.

I chose the Sweet Dream cookie, which had walnuts, chocolate chips and lots of brown sugar. It tasted almost like it had molasses. It was different, not your typical cookie, and quite good.

Dawn's has partial table service. You order at the counter, and meals are brought to your table. They have various deli salads, potato chips, bottled drinks and Pepsi products.

There are at least 10 tables inside, lots of natural light from the windows, and two counters that butt up against the windows facing the street. There is outside seating, but the location along North George Street makes sitting outside noisy.

Verdict: Great sandwiches, amazing cookies, friendly and prompt service, reasonable prices and a menu with so many different options makes Dawn's a place we have to go again.

— Hanna and Betty are the alter egos of two York County women who love dining out. Want to recommend a restaurant for review? Email food editor Mel Barber at with your suggestion.