Old Dixie's in the Welcome Diner: The Coolest Place You (Probably) Haven't Been to Yet
If you don't mind eating your greens off a paper plate, there is a decent salad ($7) with veggies from downtown's Roosevelt Grow House tossed in a light lemon honey vinaigrette. But for those who wish to continue down the Southern path, a side of buttery braised collard greens ($4) should do nicely.
And thanks to a liquor license, diners can wash down the Southern eats with a craft beer or Old Dixie's boozy, fruity version of the classic hurricane ($7) featuring light and dark rums; pineapple, pomegranate, and passion fruit juices; and hand-squeezed orange juice.
Welcome inside the Welcome and a jar filled with hurricane.
With just nine seats inside the tiny, narrow diner (there's also patio seating outside), it's nearly a given that you'll get comfortable fast. And in these close quarters, it's good to know that those behind the diner's bright red counter are having as much fun as you and your new best, stool-seated friends on the other side: Sharing stories, laughing when the bell rings to signal another hurricane request, and moving to the funky beats coming from a suitcase tricked out as a boombox in the corner.
924 East Roosevelt Street (Welcome Diner)
Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday - Saturday
Brunch: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday