The inspiration behind Dixie Grill comes from the food truck, a phenomenon that started in Southern California simply as “taco trucks” but soon became an avenue for chefs to bring their own ideas and food to the masses all over North America. Now we see that influence made it across the Pacific and landed here in Shanghai as a small cafe, sans wheels and a motor.
There are a plethora of scrumptious options to choose from that are appropriately titled “Food Truck Styles”. There are salads like Singapore slaw with shrimp dressed with apricot and peanuts or the Raspberry chipotle chicken salad (both 45RMB). The stars of the show are the tacos, which entail pulled pork, fried chicken, sesame tofu, and cajun shrimp, and run you 23-32RMB per taco. The kick comes from their special sauce and kimchi which tops each one. When I think of tacos from a food truck they are small tortillas with meat and perhaps some type of salad on top. This in comparison was ginormous.
The sides include potatoes and sweet potato fries topped with kimchi and pulled pork (not your usual food food fusion, but it pulls it off) or beef chili and cheddar (30 & 35RMB). They also have caribbean-style sweet potato fries (25RMB) mixing sweet, salt, and spice. There are quesadillas and wraps and sandwiches, the highlights of which are the pulled pork sandwich with caramelized apples and slaw (38RMB) and the chicken quesadilla served with a spiced sauce that makes everything pop (30RMB). The wraps even have vegetarian options to choose from like the tofu burrito (38RMB) and the green wrap with couscous (42RMB).
Fried Chicken Taco
Overall, the menu is solid and the everything is tasty and well-rounded. The best part about the place is its amiable Vietnamese-Canadian owner and proprietor. As soon as you walk in he gives you a detailed description of what is on the menu and what you might like to order. He can even make you a specialty order if you have dietary restrictions like the friend who accompanied me. Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with him coming soon.
For only being open for seven weeks they already have a good following and continue to grow everyday. True to food truck tradition, things are interesting and there is always a twist to every item. See for yourself.
Dixie – 688 Changle Lu, near Fumin Lu, Jing’an district (长乐路688号, 近富民路, 静安), Tel: (0)21-5403-6205. Hours: 11:00am-9:30pm daily. Closest metro stop: South Shaanxi Road line 1 and 10
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By Noelle Albert
Noelle Albert is a contributor for the Shanghaiist Food desk. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates to [email protected]!