IMR: Places: Restaurants: Dixie Grill

[ Dixie Grill ]  
Dixie Grill
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96814
(808) 596-8359

[ VERDICT: 4 Stars ] [ Food: **** ] [ Service: **** ] [ Ambiance: **** ] [ Value: *** ]

I decided my wife, Jen, was more qualified to review this restaurant than I. Says she:

I am from the south. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for good southern restaurants. I have found one, and it's a keeper.

My mom used to be a bookkeeper in a nightclub and this place reminds me of that nightclub. Loud rock music, utensils in buckets, street signs, the whole thing. The atmosphere really satisfies some inner part of me that is perpetually homesick. I go in there and for about an hour, I am in Ocala, Florida, watching line dance lessons, waiting for my mom to get off work.

Ryan and I always get this thing called the Trashcan Buffet. It's served in an actual upturned trash can lid. You get beans, corn, crab, chicken, ribs, cole slaw, and the best catfish I've ever had in my life. It feeds me, him, and Katie easily. It's kind of pricey ($39 for two people; $15 for each additional person) but totally worth it if you're like me and you can't choose just one thing on the menu. The best part is when they bring a selection of six bottled sauces to your table to douse your chicken or ribs in. I am especially fond of the Carolina-style sauce on my catfish.

They've recently expanded their menu to include more traditional southern food. You can now get hush puppies, fried okra, and chicken fried steak. That is to say, there's not much in the way of fancy presentation or exotic ingredients. It's very basic, no-frills food. It's relatively inexpensive, too. The appetizers are all less than ten bucks and the entrees range from $7 to $14.

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© Ryan Kawailani Ozawa · E-Mail: · Created: 28 July 1999 · Last Modified: 1 March 2003