It's not uncommon for a building to host a string of restaurants over the years, with new owners and names. But it's surprising how many such restaurants seem to hang onto elements of the restaurant that was in the same building before. What is now Dixie Chicken and Ribs is remembered by a lot of people as having been the home of Chicken Delight. That was a national chain of take-away fried chicken places that was very successful until fast-food fried chicken outlets like KFC and Popeyes stole Chicken Delight's thunder. (Chicken Delight, however, still exists in other parts of the country. And so, after a number of restaurants here on Argonne Boulevard, we have another chicken specialist--although one with a lot more to offer than Chicken Delight ever did.
The Harrison Avenue restaurant row is among the most popular concentrations of eateries in town, after the French Quarter, Magazine Street, and Mid-City. What it lacked, however, was an old-style workingman's restaurant, with big poor boys, red beans, fried chicken and seafood and the like. Dixie Chicken and Ribs fills that void reasonably well, at prices only slightler higher than more attractive restaurants.
Chicken Delight notwithstanding, the best restaurant ever in this location was the Odyssey Grill, a superlative Greek restaurant in the 2000s. Dixie Chicken and Ribs opened in the 1990s across the street from Tony Angello's, and had one other location before it wound up here. It moved here not long after the deep Katrina flood waters went down.
The two dining rooms are spacious, quiet and squeaky clean. But it has the feeling of a company cafeteria in a big office building. Most customers are there only long enough to eat. The servers are efficient and very helpful.
The chicken, seafood and daily specials make for the best eating.