Bellevue >Food & Dining > Dixie's Bbq
11522 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA | Directions 9800447.633581 -122.186774
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 04:30 PM Friday From 11:00 AM To 05:30 PM Saturday From 11:00 AM To 04:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Bridle Trails
You need to be real hungry – Man do they pile it on. If you like it hot and you like big portions.
This is the place. This is the real stuff. I met the man and I liked it.
Seattle you just don't get it... – Who needs frills when the food is so down home awesome? If Dixie's only intention is to serve good BBQ and fixings, then mission accomplished! I stopped in to Dixie's last week for the first time and ordered a brisket and link sandwich with a side of potato salad. I also had a cold creamy root beer from the ice chest. What a treat!!! As a native New Englander and former resident of the south, I can honestly say I've tried just about every kind of BBQ sauce out there and conjured up a few recipes of my own but it all pales to Dixie's BBQ.
The sauce was the perfect balance of sweet to heat and the consistency was on the money...not too thin and not too syrupy thick. The homemade potato salad was amazing: perfectly cooked potato's, mixed with onion, some pepper and of course the REAL mayo, not the SALAD dressing. I could live on that alone!
Skip the "vending machine" soft drinks and go for the root beer that was recommended to me by the woman at the register. She knows good food and recognizes the true "foodies" standing in her line waiting to chow down of the offerings available.
Only wish I wasn't so full, missing the lemon cake and baked beans that day.
BBQ Texas Chainsaw Massacre Style – I have never written a review before... However, Dixie's totally freaked me out. I read all kinds of praise for this place and now I know you're all out of your minds. In short, Dixie's can best be explained as follows.
1. Dead furry things in parking lot.
2. Very, over the top, weird place.
3. Ribs didn't look like any ribs I'd ever seen before - and not in a good way.
4. Atmosphere was totally Texas Chainsaw Massacre like - felt like Leather Face was going come busting out of one of the backrooms with a chainsaw at any minute.
5. A few of the ribs didn't taste like sawdust/dirt and let some one else take the remainders home - and the sauce was gross...
6. Decor makes the worst garage sale or Goodwill look very high end.
7. Couldn't wait to get out of the place - can't believe it hasn't been shut down.
8. Think I've developed some kind of hives and I can only see out of one eye now...
9. It's been over 7 hours since the experience and I can't stop thinking about it - a little scared to go to sleep.
10. All things considered a one star rating is pretty high. Definitely a once in a life-time experience, since I will never go back there again in this life-time.
All in all, you should check this place out if you're looking for an unusual or freaky experience. In addition to the whole Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe, it also had a the feel of House Of 1000 Corpses and Friday The 13th. Nice place to take someone on a 2nd date if you want to dump them.
Barbecue De Sade – Add my name to the list of those who are unable to figure out what all the fuss is about. It must be the entertainment value. The owner is a character and a bit of a sadist perhaps. It is amusing to watch the reactions of unsuspecting customers when he gives them a sample of ?The Man.? This is a hot sauce you do not want to tangle with. The staff run a tight ship and you must order correctly or face the wrath of the cashier (a Jabba like woman who sits at the end of the, usually, very long line). She will brook no variance from the prescribed ordering protocol. If you mess up while ordering you will be instructed on how to order correctly. Given a choice, I?d rather meet The Man. Apart from the sadistic pleasure of watching someone writhe in agony or the masochistic delight of being disciplined by a large, African American woman there is not much else going on. The barbeque is of the large portion, overcooked, smothered in sauce variety. It without any art and completely undistinguished No finer points of barbeque or deeper meaning will be revealed. But, if that type of cookery is your thing, you are welcome to my spot in line. Make sure you go with a buddy and leave yourself 90 to 120 minutes to order and eat. The wait in line is inexplicably long
Barbeque De Sade – Add my name to the list of those who are unable to figure out what all the fuss is about. It must be the entertainment value. The owner is a character and a bit of a sadist perhaps. It is amusing to watch the reactions of unsuspecting customers when he gives them a sample of ?The Man.? This is a hot sauce you do not want to tangle with. The staff run a tight ship and you must order correctly or face the wrath of the cashier (a Jabba like woman who sits at the end of the, usually, very long line). She will brook no variance from the prescribed ordering protocol. If you mess up while ordering you will be instructed on how to order correctly. Given a choice, I?d rather meet The Man. Apart from the sadistic pleasure of watching someone writhe in agony or the masochistic delight of being disciplined by a large, African American woman there is not much else going on. The barbeque is of the large portion, overcooked, smothered in sauce variety. It without any art and completely undistinguished No finer points of barbeque or deeper meaning will be revealed. But, if that type of cookery is your thing, you are welcome to my spot in line. Make sure you leave yourself 90 to 120 minutes to order and eat. The wait in line is inexplicably long
Disapointing to say the least... – I'm no BBQ aficionado but I do know bad food. A friend and I went there for the first time today as we've heard about it for years. We skipped all the fluff and went straight for the meat. Slather of Ribs ($20) and a lb of brisket ($14). Mind you, this is amost $40 for 2 so we're expecting good things.
We were the only ones there @ 11:00am, so food should have been fresh and ready.
Brisket: thinly sliced, lot of "ketchupy" flavor in the sauce, but little more. No spices, no smokey flavor, basic cafeteria BBQ here. Thumbs down.
Ribs: Looked steamed or oven bolied, definitely not fully smoked. Got sauce on the side as I think the meat should do the talking before going sauce. The meat definitely talked, and it said "I'm nasty". Poor cut of pork, low on the bone and included the cartilage. I'm not talking a couple of the ends here, I'm talking the full 3" of cartilage on the bottom of the belly served "as a rib". The stuff that's supposed to be ground into sausage. Absolutely nasty.
In the midst of the gristle, there were morsels here and there that were edible, but flavorless boiled meat edible, not delicious smokey mouthwatering edible. Meat fell of the bone for sure, but meat sitting out in the sun for 2 weeks will do the same thing - not necessarily a sign of quality.
Wake up people, if this is the best the area has to offer our expectations are LOW!!
The Gold Standard In BBQ – Dixie?s Barbeque is the best barbeque in all of Washington State! As Washington residents we are very lucky to have an authentic Louisiana style BBQ restaurant right in our own backyard.
There is no need to travel to New Orleans for Southern hospitality, just go to Dixie?s. The servers are very friendly and talkative and you even get a little ?Southern Sass? with your food. Dixie?s barbeque is a place where you can relax, be loud and be yourself. The Dixie-style music played at the restaurant contributes greatly to the atmosphere.
I have been going to Dixie?s for years, and I have never had one bad meal there. Eating at Dixie?s is like eating at your grandmother?s house; the atmosphere is warm and inviting, the food is comforting, and the company is caring.
Dixie?s BBQ is doing Bellevue and a favor by offering the best BBQ available. Dixie?s BBQ has served many famous people including sport athletes and news anchors. The celebrities have even signed their names on the wall.
Because the buzz about Dixie?s is so BIG there is quite the line around lunch time. But I assure you, it is worth the wait. The meat is so tender and juicy it falls apart in your mouth.
The owner Gene (I think that?s his name) was an auto mechanic for many years. His passion has always been BBQ. I believe the story goes???Gene would BBQ for his customers every Friday. His customers and friends loved his barbeque so much that they told him he should open a BBQ restaurant/pit. And he did just so. Dixie?s barbeque used to be Gene?s automotive repair shop which he converted into a barbeque restaurant. The place doesn?t necessarily have the nicest decor, but it has the best BBQ food in WA.
Gene (the owner) ask customers, ?Where you from?? He then instructs new customers to take a thumb-pin and mark on a map where they are from.
I strongly encourage you to go ?Meet the Man? and support a man?s passion.
Not the best not even close...dissapointed – Hello Eastsiders. So I finally had a free minute to get a bite to eat. I called goog411 and cued the word Barbecue. Dixies barbecue on Northup is the first result that came up. The lunch menu items average 9 bucks each. I settled for the Chicken BBQ sandwich with 1 side (chose baked beans). 5 minutes later I have my Styrofoam take out box in hand and it is feeling quite light. The chicken is on a hot dog bun. The meat is sliced almost like thin cubes and tastes very dry. The sauce isn't bad though but hardly makes up for the mediocre chicken that tastes like it was cooked refrigerated and cooked again. The beans were overcooked with the bean sauce looking dry. As hungry as I was, this Barbecue meal did not live up to it's former rep. I ate at 3pm which shouldn't matter but I wonder if an early lunch meal would've been any juicier. 2 Thumbs down.
This Is What the Hype Was All About? – The experience was non like I have ever had before. It felt like I was pulling up to a tow yard and when I actually arrived to where I ordered...I was amazed to see two women there (one sitting and a dear old lady running around). Our food was take out and as I am eating it now in front of this review, I wander can restaurants survive on just food or does it also require the experience with it. In my opinion, I just didn't have the buzz that everyone talks about. I never met the man, but if I did...I would have asked him 2 questions, "1. What is going on with the set up there and 2. What do you feel about customer service and curb appeal?" Not impressed. I am sticking with Stans' In Issaquah. You can take all the awards down in the front...Mr. Man...you do not have the best anymore in my opinion.
Decent foot, awful customer service – Dixie's is one of those "word of mouth" places frequented and loved by those who love to be in the know and impress out-of-towners with a hidden local find. The first thing you will notice is that Dixie's does not go out of their way to create a welcoming atmosphere or a sense that they care to have you as a customer. It's supposed to be about the food, man! Unfortunately, the food is only slightly above average. Sauces overwhelm, as opposed to complement, the meat. Sides are pedestrian and prices are steep for a run down lunch shack. Many may find it charming, but Dixie's seems to have been picked up in 1960's small town Tennessee and plopped down in the middle of 2008 Bellevue. Accepting cash only in the 21st century is plain silly (especially for a place that will easily run $40-50 for lunch for a family of four). Posting so many newspaper and award commendations in your entry (this is Seattle, folks, a place not known for any cuisine in particular, much less BBQ...the competition is not strong) is setting expectations that are just asking to be missed.
For a place that thinks Taco Del Mar is good "Mexican Food", it isn't surprising that Dixie's has a good reputation. Seattle is also home to an out of the mainstream way of thinking that goes "if it's big, it's bad, even if it's good and if it's small it's good even if it's bad". If you are looking to impress the out-of-towners and feel good about yourself while you think "isn't it great we have a little place like this right here in wealthy Bellevue, go ahead and go to Dixie's. If you want great food, there are plenty of other choices.
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