As two of my (Shahar) best friends, Samuel and Uri, have both celebrated their same-week birthday, we met on a working night at Dixie. Dixie is a well known American style diner that, although was in its prime in the early days of the decade, continues to draw the crowds, mainly on the late night hours (Dixie is open 24/7).
Dixie’s setting fits well with its food. A large bar is located at the entrance to fit all late nighters, diner booths around all its ends and some tables are located in between. As we sat to the table the restaurant was quite full, which is impressive on a mid-week evening. Even though, the service was quick and accurate.
As Samual and I waited for Uri to finish his work, we ordered the infamous Dixie wings. Drowned in a spicy chili sauce, the wings are considered as one of Tel Aviv well known dishes. Though I liked it a lot, I wouldn’t crown it so hastily.
As Uri arrived and we were hungry as well we cut to the chase. As Dixie’s main business is beef, I ordered Sautéed Beef Fillet Cutlets with Spätzle. The Austrian egg noodle, which is more like pasta, is a favorite of mine. I really enjoyed that dish as the Spätzle were excellent and the Beef Cutlets were tender. Unfortunately the Portobello mushrooms which are described in the menu were hardly noticed.
Samuel picked the classic Beef Burger along with sautéed onions. The burger was cooked well and was OK but the beef itself was too lean, which made it somewhat dry and not juicy enough. Uri took the light option and ordered the Caeser Salad with Chicken and Parmesan. This dish failed in few perspectives. The cherry tomatoes added to the salad made it somewhat a vegetables salad rather than a Caeser salad (worth mentioning in the menu). In addition, the roman lettuce swam in so much sauce it made the dish massive rather than a light one.
Summarizing Dixie, it’s not my cup of tea, as there are better steak restaurants in Tel Aviv (Hudson, Makom Shel Basar, NG), even if we take value-for-money parameter. Even though, I think it’s a good pick if you want a late night steak or want to have some good options along with your beer.
The check please (3 people)
Dixie Wings (8 pc.) – 31 NIS
Caeser Salad with chicken – 58 NIS
Beef Fillet Cutlets with Spätzle – 102 NIS
Beef Burger with sautéed onions – 69 NIS
3 X Guinness Beer – 81 NIS
All in all: 341 NIS
The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:
Food: Steak House diner
Location: Yigal Alon
Contact details: Dixie Grill Bar
Address: 120 Yigal Alon corner with Totzeret Haaretz. Tel Aviv | 03-6966123|
Opening Hours: 24/7 |