My wife and I were rollin' out of our suburb, a Twin Cities highway and I had one arm on the wheel. I was holdin' my lover with the other and on our way to spend a little dollar for Father's Day as a family. I don't remember what was playing on the radio, but I don't recall it being Alabama. They would however, like the traditional southern food from our recent visit to Dixie's on Grand!
We may not be parking in the holler with mountains in the background, but this place has some really tasty southern cuisine worth consuming. When my wife and I first met, we used to stop by Dixie's every so often to enjoy one of our favorite soups in the metro with a side of darn good tasting wings. The soup was a Lobster Bisque and it was phenomenal! So, for this past Father's Day, my wife thought we should hot a spot that was one of our go-to's.
I happen to look at the menu before we headed out the door and noticed some changes with the biggest change being the soup. Our beloved Lobster Bisque was no longer on the menu! WHAT!? IN it's place was a Corn & Crab Bisque which was still very appealing to us. When we arrived, we had asked about the soup change and our server was fairly new, but stated that a menu update just occurred about a month ago. No biggy, I guess we're basically reviewing Dixie's for the first time all over!
So, without hesitation, we ordered a bowl of the new Corn & Crab Bisque and some Corn Bread for starters along with some adult beverages and started off the evening right. As we entertained out little guy with the train cho chooing around the bar, we waited for our soup and bread to arrive and placed our order for our main plates - Southern Fried Chicken and Mama's Fixins' Red Beans & Rice.
The Bisque and Bread arrived and we started to dig in. My wife looks at me with a huge smile and says, "I'm fine with this as my meal if you don't want to share it!" Well, I guess it's good then??? Oh, it was indeed awesome and I can see what she didn't want to. While we missed our Lobster Bisque, their new Corn & Crab Bisque creation was just as amazing and satisfying. Great flavor, fresh tasting crab and the corn added that delicate sweetness to the soup. It's a must get! As for the Corn Bread, it wasn't anything to get overly excited about, but it was good.
We waited about 20 minutes for our chicken to arrive which is standard prep for their chicken and the server with notify you as you place your order. This is great, because fare too many people would get all bent out of shape for having to wait too long for their meals to arrive. Mingle, chat, entertain your little ones - it's what dinner time is about. Plus, waiting for good food is worth it! Our Southern Fried Chicken and Red Beans & Rice arrived and we started to dig in.
The chicken is Dixie’s signature brined & marinated juicy half chicken served with smothered greens. I'm not a fan of greens which is why I ordered the Red Beans & Rice. This was by far my favorite fried chicken I've had in the metro and would go back for more. The chicken was perfectly cooked, juicy and definitely full of outstanding flavor. Perfect! The Red Beans & Rice was also very good and a must get as well. By the end of our meal there was nothing left on a single plate or in a single bowl - spotless! Our little guy is hit and miss with chicken and he even ate it!
Dixie's on Grand definitely fits my life, is oh so right and I'm looking forward to going back for some more soup, Mama's Fixins' and southern fried chicken done the right way. With the newly launched menu, I'll have to check out some of the other dishes as well, but I'll never so no to the Bisque.
Dixie's on Grand
695 Grande Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105