Nov 092010

Cuisine: Cajun, Creole, Southern Style
Restaurant Features: Banquet Room, Bar, Catering, Dessert, Live Music, Patio, Sunday Brunch
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 695 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105 651-222-7345
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-12am   Thur-Sat 11am-2am    Sun 10a-10pm
Links:*Dixie’s on Grand Website * Dixie’s Facebook Page * Google Map

Atmosphere: Dixie’s is located in the same building as Saji-Ya.  The dining room is toward the back of the space, with tables and booths located on two levels.  A street-lamp type decoration bearing a “Bourbon Street” sign reminds you that Dixie’s is a Louisiana-inspired restaurant.

There is a big bar area in the front of Dixie’s, complete with a dance floor. This is a very popular place every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month when they have Salsa Dancing.

Dixie’s also has a patio area in the front of the building, and despite being attached to the parking lot, it is a great place to have food & drinks when the weather is nice.

Menu: Appetizers at Dixie’s include Beef Jerky, Coconut Fried Shrimp, Dixie Wings, Deep-Fried Avocado Fries, Blacken Shrimp or Chicken Quesadilla, Cornmeal Catfish Nuggets, Soul Fries (fries with cheddar, bleu cheese, bacon and ranch), Chicken Nachos, Baby Back Ribs, Baby St Louis Style Ribs, Spicy Sesame Green Beans, Carolina Crab Cakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Baked Mushrooms.

Soups and Chilis at Dixie’s are the Carolina Crab Soup, Cuban Black Bean Vegetarian Chili, Louisiana Gumbo, Chicken Chili and Pecos Red River Chili.

The few salad options include Caesar, Key Largo (smoked turkey, pecans, gorgonzola), Grilled or Fried Chicken Salad, and Coconut Chicken Salad.

Dixie’s sandwiches and burgers include Pulled BBQ Pork, Pulled BBQ Chicken, BBQ Beef Brisket, Cajun BBQ Chicken, Blackened Chicken Deluxe, Sesame Chicken Mushroom Melt, Portobello Mushroom, Catfish Club, Pot Roast Cheeseburger, Dixie Burger, Cajun Burger, Blackened Bleu Burger, and Black Bean Veggie Stacker.  Po’ Boy sandwich options include Blackened Catfish, BBQ Pork Tenderloin, and Fried Gulf Shrimp.  All sandwiches and burgers come with choice of potato or vegetable.

Dixie’s House Smoked Specialty items are the Baby Back Ribs, St Louis Style Ribs, Barbeque Chicken, Thick-Cut Pork Chops, Rib Combo and BBQ Sampler Platter.

Dinner Entree options are Country Fried Steak, New York Strip Steak, Kentucky Bourbon Pot Roast, Pecos Pork Tenderloin, Veggie Black Bean Cakes, Honey Pecan Chicken, Bourbon Chicken, Jambalaya, Carolina Crab Cakes, Coconut Fried Shrimp, Blackened Catfish, Bleu Grass Chicken Breast, Almond Grouper, and Seafood Potpie.

Desserts at Dixie’s include Key Lime Pie, Butterscotch Pecan Pie, Fudge Cake, and Traditional Bread Pudding.

Price guide: Appetizers $10-14  Soups $5/cup $7/bowl  Sandwiches $11-15 Smoked Specialties $15-40  Entrees $14-25  Desserts $6-7

Happy Hour:
  • 7 Days 3-6pm
  • $3.50 Tap Beers
  • $2.50 Dom. Bottles  $3.50 Import Bottles
  • Many 1/2 price Appetizers

Sunday Brunch:

  • $19.95/ Adults     $12.95/ Kids 5+
  • 10am-1:30pm
  • Bottomless Champagne Flute, Made-to-Order Omelets and Egg Benedict, Fresh Fruits, Salads, Hot Biscuits, Brunch Potatoes, Red Beans & Rice, Country Scrambled Eggs, Specialty Entrees and Homemade Desserts.
  • Live Jazz Music (check calendar)

What we ordered: I started with a bowl of the Squash and Sausage Chowder, which I shared with one of my companions.  I really had no idea what to expect when I ordered this, because I had never had anything like it before.  It was delicious!! The consistency of the dish reminded me of sloppy joes, but replace the ground beef for the more flavorful ground sausage and replace the tomato with a sweet pureed squash.  What a great combination of flavors and textures together; slightly sweet and slightly spicy. It had toasted croutons on top which added a satisfying crunch to the mix.  This was a huge bowl of chowder….. my companion and I were both nearly full before the rest of our meals were brought out. What a sublime dish for Autumn!

Another companion started with a bowl of the Louisiana Gumbo.  I tried this and thought is was very good.  I know that authentic lousiana gumbo has many variations and since I haven’t had it before,  I am not sure how this compares.  It was a thick soup-like dish that had a hearty mix of shrimp, andouille sausage, and chicken.  It was flavorful but not spicy, not sure which spices Dixie’s uses.

We were given a basket of biscuits, which literally disappeared in seconds.  They were still warm!

I ordered the Catfish Club, which turned out to be a great choice! The large filet of catfish had been char-blackened and then layered with buttery-toasted bread, thick sliced crispy bacon, romaine lettuce, sliced tomato and mayo.  Each ingredient brought something to the table in both texture and taste.  I was happy that the catfish wasn’t at all fishy and was a thick enough cut that I could sink my teeth into it.    This sandwich really hit the spot! It was served with a lightly battered french fry.

One of my companions ordered the Pork Tenderloin Po’ Boy.  The tenderloin had been sliced thin so it was extremely tender, and blackened for that cajun flavor.  It was coved with melted pepper jack cheese and barbeque sauce, lettuce and mayo.  Very tasty!

Another companion had the Pecos Pork Tenderloin, which was well-seasoned and then char-broiled to give it a blackened texture and taste.  It was served with two dipping sauces, one was spicy peanut and the other was a mustard bbq.  Choice of potato or vegetable was offered and my companion chose the succotash, which was sauteed vegetables with corn (sorry, no photo)

Another companion tried to order the $39.95 Dixie’s BBQ Sampler but the server talked him out of it, saying it was too much food for one person.  After contemplating the menu and hearing other suggestions, my companion ordered the Pot Roast Dinner instead.    It was a large serving of pot roast that was covered with a Kentucky Bourbon sauce. This dish did not go over very well, my companion didn’t care for the sauce.  The server offered a free dessert for the trouble.  The BBQ Platter would have been a much better choice, even if it was too much food for one person!

My companion was given a free dessert to make up for the pot roast, and chose the Key Lime Pie.  This was very good, but very sweet.  It had a delicious, thick graham cracker crust and a lot of whipped cream.

Service: Our service at Dixie’s was decent, as far as spacing our courses, etc, but overall the service could have been a lot better.  Sodas were refilled in the proper amount of time but the server  forgot to put in a 2nd drink order from the bar, so we never received the cocktails we ordered with our meals.  There were a few other items we asked for that the server forgot as well, not to mention she talked my companion out of ordering what they really wanted.  At one point a large group that sat near us all stood up to leave after finishing their meal, but they continued to stand and talk for at least 5 minutes.  This wouldn’t normally bother me but they were practically hovering over our table, which made it very uncomfortable for us, not to mention they were blocking a major walkway through the restaurant.  I don’t know what Dixie’s could have done about that, other than gently asking them to stand somewhere else? I am hoping that service is better on a night that isn’t so busy.
Overall Impression: The service wasn’t that great but the food was very good.  I would go back at a less busy time and try some other items on the menu.  Dixie’s has a banquet room and also offers catering.

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  2 Responses to “Dixie’s ~ St Paul, MN”

  1. The Caroline Crab Soup is TO DIE FOR! Next time, try that… drool!

  2. Oh you have got to try the carolina crab cakes with jalapeno dipping sauce. The best I still have yet to try something else. I am stuck on the crab cakes. Delish :)

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