Dixie Celebrates Second Annual Burger Festival
The cool, slightly dark interior of the Dixie Grill Bar is an inviting place, especially when entering from the heat of a summer’s day. It is also handsome, with beckoning booths and a gleaming, well-stocked bar.
The occasion of my visit was the restaurant’s summer hamburger festival, being held this year from July 25 through August 18. During the festival, seven special burgers are added to the usual Dixie menu of four burgers; additionally, two of the usual burgers are “supersized” during the festival.
Another feature of the festival is that each burger on the special menu is paired with a “chaser” of liquor (for a small additional charge). As an added bonus, milk shakes are discounted when ordered with a festival burger.
Along with the regular English menu, we were given the separate festival menu, the cover of which is entirely in English. Imagine our surprise, therefore, when we opened the menu pamphlet and found it was all in Hebrew. When we asked for the English festival menu, we were told there is none.
Our friendly waiter did his best to explain the festival burgers in English, but they are a bit complicated; if I were not able to read and understand the Hebrew menu, I would not have gotten the total picture. My advice, therefore, is that at least one of the members of your party be capable of fathoming a Hebrew menu if you want to get the most out of the remaining days of the festival.Knowledge of the local language will also come in handy when it comes to ordering one of Dixie’s special summer cocktails; the regular alcohol menu is in English, but not the card on the table listing the summer cocktails.
The drink we chose from the summer cocktail list -- a watermelon daiquiri, garnished with a small wedge of the red fruit -- was sweet and refreshing; the caipirinha, from the regular cocktail menu, was a particularly lemony version of the Brazilian classic.
With the drinks came an exceptionally well outfitted condiment tray: Heinz ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, horseradish sauce, and authentic Tabasco sauce.
We elected to share three of the festival burgers: the mac and cheese, the entrecôte burger and the blue cheese burger.
The first burger -- smothered in a melted blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese -- was perched atop macaroni and cheese that had been shaped into a pasta patty and fried, replacing the traditional bun. This is old-fashioned American comfort food at its best.
According to the menu, this burger comes with french fries, although you may substitute for all designated sides. We followed our waiter’s suggestion and chose the green salad, which was just arugula leaves, in an Asian-accented dressing.
The entrecôte burger was on half a bun under a portobello mushroom and grilled onion bathed in a rich stock beef fortified with bone marrow. The quality of the meat and the sophistication of the ingredients make this a gourmet burger. It comes with steak fries on bed of greens.
The blue cheese burger with pear poached in wine is also bunless, and on a salad of romaine lettuce hearts, bean sprouts and shredded cabbage with assorted nuts in a soy-based dressing. On the whole, this dish represents a nice interplay of flavors.
There is a special festival dessert, designed to mimic a hamburger order: a sandwich of chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream (the burger), with meringue chips (french fries), strawberry jam (ketchup) and passion fruit syrup (mustard). It is not bad, and should appeal to kids. After a substantial meal, however, we found that the thick vanilla milk shake -- in a glass decorated with swirls of chocolate syrup -- was enough of a sweet finale.
Clearly , Dixie Grill Bar , one of the restaurants of celebrity chef Haim Cohen, gives pride of place to its juicy and flavorful hamburgers, both during its summer festival and throughout the year.Photo Asaf Razon