Homer's Travels: Food: Dixie Quicks Magnolia Room

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Food: Dixie Quicks Magnolia Room

Back in California we usually had a favorite breakfast place. First it was Uncle Herbs. When that closed we switched to Mrs. Olsen's Coffee Hut. Since we tended to be very loyal we almost always only had one favorite at a time. Now that we've moved to Omaha, we've found three favorites. I've written about the first, Lisa's Radial Cafe . The second is the 11-Worth Cafe (I'll write about it someday). The third, which we tried Saturday, was Dixie Quicks Magnolia Room (DQMR).

DQMR has been open some sixteen years but the building it's in appears to be much older. When we first drove by we almost missed it and when we saw it, we thought it was closed. A second pass proved it was open so we parked our car and briefly braved the blustery cold day before entering a unique dining place.

The decor is cool eclectic. At first I thought I'd gone in the wrong door as I was staring into the kitchen. Along the wall to the right was a baby crib with a hand scrawled sign over it saying "Don't Touch The Baby."  The walls are decorated with black and white photos, dia de los muertos flags, and political stickers (Democrat mostly).

We were greeted at the door and asked if we had a reservation. This was the first we'd heard that reservations were needed - a lack of research on our part. Reservations are recommended as the place is pretty small and tables are limited. We were lucky as there was a free table right under the menu and we got in after a very short wait. By "right under the menu" I mean right under the large chalk board that serves as the places sole menu - there are no printed menus.

The cuisine is southern, southwest, and creole. The menu is varied with lots of interesting choices. The Wife ordered a Red Beans and Rice Omelet and I ordered the Dixie Scramble. My dixie scramble was a biscuit with a layer of meat (I chose ham. They also have bacon, sausage, and, for the vegetarians, tomato) topped off with scrambled eggs smothered in hollandaise sauce. It was very good. I washed it down with some fresh squeezed, pulp heavy orange juice. The Wife's omelet set her mouth on fire in a good way. She said it was hot but not too bad. She enjoyed it a lot.

As we were eating, a family sat down next to us. The mother and daughter ordered the french toast smothered in "Sexy chocolate." When it arrived I couldn't help staring at it. The french toast were sliced french baguette stack over six inches tall. The toast was liberally cover in sliced banana, walnuts, and drizzled in chocolate. It was served with a caramel syrup. The mother described it as breakfast and dessert at the same time.

I really liked the food. The atmosphere of the place was interesting. The service, talkative with a sense of humor and very attentive to our needs. I see more visits in the future.

Highly recommended but don't forget the reservation.

Dixie Quicks Magnolia Room
1915 Leavenworth St, Omaha, Nebraska

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