Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop Chicago Bites Podcast #126

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The fried green tomatoes are lightly battered, tangy, and all together amazing.

The fried green tomatoes are lightly battered, tangy, and all together amazing.

Barack Obama is a Chicago foodie, so when Tammy and I heard that the president-elect likes the southern fare at Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop in Hyde Park we headed over there to check it out ourselves. My mouth has been watering ever since! I’m craving the fried green tomatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, catfish, greens, and sweet potato pie at this very moment. Part of a small Illinois restaurant chain, Dixie Kitchen does it right — tasty food and spectacular service all for a good value.

If this dining experience is any indication, you can bet that we will be eating like Barack more often! Listen in to hear us gush.

NOTE: Want to hear Obama’s take on Dixie Kitchen? A lost pilot episode of the show Check Please! taped in 2001 features the then state senator’s review. It will air at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 16, on WTTW.

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Show Notes:
00:00 – 01:15 Dining in honor of Obama & the lost Check Please! episode
01:16 – 02:38 It looks like Applebee’s — only much cooler!
02:39 – 03:04 Acing the coffee test = all kinds of awesome
03:40 – 04:36 Fried green tomatoes and breaded oysters both combine “tang and wow!”
04:37 – 05:04 Johnny Cakes & learning lingo
05:05 – 09:02 Pulled pork, catfish, honeyed sweet potatoes, greens, & crayfish etouffe
09:03 – 10:27 Sweet potato pie made with real vanilla & peach cobbler
10:28 – 12:51 Wrap-up, comments on service, & sign-off

The pulled pork sandwich was a nice departure the typical BBQ variety, delivering a punch of spice and smokey flavor.

The pulled pork sandwich was a nice departure the typical BBQ variety, delivering a punch of spice and smokey flavor.

Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop
5225 S. Harper
Chicago, IL 60615
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Bridget’s Ratings Tammy’s Ratings
Food Quality 5 5
Value 5 5
Service 5 5
Ambiance 5 3
Overall 10 9

Average price per person: $30

Online buzz about Dixie Kitchen:
Clip from “lost episode” of Check Please! with then Senator Obama
Citysearch
Yelp

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