Old Dixie's in the Welcome Diner: The Coolest Place You (Probably) Haven't Been to Yet

Categories: First Taste

All photos by Laura Hahnefeld
Fried chicken biscuit sandwich with cheddar, bacon, and gravy
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out and let you know our initial impressions. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Old Dixie's
Location: The Welcome Diner: 924 East Roosevelt Street
Open: Almost a month
Eats: Southern
Price: $11 to $30 per person

What happens when one of the best food trucks in the Valley food scene switches from four wheels to four walls?

See also: Opening Weekend at Morning Squeeze in Old Town

If you're Old Dixie's, owned and operated by Michael Babcock and Jenn Robinson, you keep on making the same killer Southern eats but in a retro-cool, 200-square-foot Depression-era diner in Central Phoenix.

Kiltlifter-braised pork sandwich with onion slaw and Carolina mustard sauce
The menu is mostly the same as it was on the truck: Southern-style sandwiches and sides made with locally sourced ingredients. There is dinner, a weekend brunch, and, because of its diner home, there are burgers, too -- one even topped with peanut butter -- but they are not why you've come here. You've come for Babcock's fried chicken biscuit sandwich ($9).

Grow House salad
The chunks of fried chicken in this standout sandwich would make the Colonel blush. They're topped with crispy bacon, melted cheddar, and thick, peppery Southern-style gravy and are barely contained between biscuits with a moist, rich crumb. It definitely eats like a meal. The same could be said for the Kiltlifter braised pork sandwich ($8), in which the biscuits hold moist and tender braised pork, a smoky onion slaw, and a sweet and tangy mustard sauce.

The red beans and rice ($10), Babcock's interpretation of the classic New Orleans favorite, is pretty much perfect. Made with seasoned beans slow-cooked with ham hocks and mixed with rice and slices of smoky and peppery Andouille sausage from Schreiner's, it's as filling as it is flavorful.

Location Info


Old Dixie's Southern Kitchen

924 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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God, that chicken biscuit looks DIVINE!   

I wish I weren't so far.

Mike Logan
Mike Logan

A creative take on southern food. As a Southerner, I'm usually on gaurd about these sort of places, they won me over.

Mike Logan
Mike Logan

A creative take on southern food. As a Southerner, I'm usually on gaurd about these sort of places, they won me over.


I'll miss my Saturday morning chicken biscuit from their trailer at the Central Farmers' Market, but wish them the best of luck at the Welcome Diner!  

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