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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