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TASTE TEST: Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop's Crawfish Etouffee packs a Cajun kick
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TASTE TEST: Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop's Crawfish Etouffee packs a Cajun kick

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TASTE TEST: Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop's Crawfish Etouffee packs a Cajun kick

The Crawfish Etouffee at Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop in Lansing.

Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop, whose original Hyde Park restaurant former President Barack Obama reviewed on the long-running WTTW show “Check, Please!” way back when he was still an Illinois state senator, moved its longtime Lansing location to a much larger space last year.

The Cajun and southern restaurant took over the former Bohemian Joe’s space at 17940 Torrence Ave., transforming it into a New Orleans-like fleur-de-lis-adorned eatery filled with funky, eclectic decor that makes for a memorable dining experience.

Dixie Kitchen does Creole and soul food so well it's a destination that's invariably packed on Sundays.

The menu is filled with down-home fare you'd find in Louisiana and the deep south like gumbo, po' boys, jambalaya, fried oysters, peach-glazed wings, fried chicken, smothered pork chops, fried green tomatoes, catfish, okra, sweet plantains, peach cobbler, and sweet potato pie. A full bar serves specialty drinks like a Bourbon Street Hurricane and a Mississippi Mudslide.

Instead of bread, you get a basket of Johnny Cakes, cornbread pancakes that come with a creamy dollop of house-made honey butter.

A standout on a menu full of standouts is the Crawfish Etouffee. You get a bowl of a roux-based stew packed with fresh crawfish, green onions and a mound of rice. It's spicy and decadent, a symphony of shellfish and butter. The crawfish are tender, and the smothered sauce is rich and flavorful, with just enough kick. 

For more information, call 708.474.1378 or find Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop on Facebook.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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