Greenbelly dishes up a diverse menu of delectable homemade salads, soups, paninis, and grilled pizzas from its eco-friendly, family-owned kitchen. With more than 20 fresh ingredients and 15 dressings on hand to build your own salad ($7.99 for four ingredients), order at the counter and watch the staff lovingly construct your creation without the use of lighting and unpalatable neck bolts. Signature salads such as the grilled buffalo chicken salad toss shredded carrots and celery with blue cheese dressing ($7.95–$9.95), while the very berry salad pitches freshly sliced strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, and a creamy raspberry vinaigrette into your mouth mitt ($5.99–$7.50). Greenbelly's pizzas are made with hand-rolled dough, and include fresh-made options such as the chicken bruschetta pizza, topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze (small $11.95, large $15.99). Paninis take taste buds on a whirlwind world tour, with offerings such as the nuevo cubano sandwich, with honey ham, swiss, sauerkraut, sliced greek peppers, and caraway dijon mustard ($8.45).
The saucy slingers at WingIts fry finger-licking eats that sate parties and lone guns alike. The eatery's menu sports 10 different sauces with which to drench the crispy wings, including Blazin, spicy Asian, or parmesan garlic. A breezy drive-thru service lets diners enjoy daytime air in their convertibles or nighttime breezes atop their werewolves while picking up a 10-piece order of wings, chicken sandwich, or fresh, leafy salad. The suite of meal packs sates the hungers of cadres of pals gathered together to cheer on a favorite team or watch the neighborhood teens out-loiter each other.
Anthony’s offers a range of cuts, all hand-selected, Certified Premium Black Angus slabs of beef. Anthony’s dry-aged steaks are aged for at least 21 days to offer a superior concentration of flavor as well as a tender beef that’s succulent enough to cut through with a dull spoon. The meticulous meat preparation is a tradition that reflects the restaurant’s 42-year history. The welcoming setting emanates the elegance and casual comfort of a tuxedo T-shirt and encourages all meat-lover and meatless-lover friends to unite.
Uninitiated Dinker's diners can peruse the entirety of the eatery's menu if they wish, but it's widely accepted that the star of sustenance at Dinker's is its Haystack Burger ($5.95)—a sizzling quarter-pound patty topped with American cheese, honey smoked ham, and a free-range fried egg. Other burgers include the tasty trifecta that is the Ultimate Triple Decker Dinker Burger ($7.95) and the bacon-and-bleu-cheese-dressing-bedecked Bluejay Burger ($5.25). Add fries or homemade onion rings ($1.50) to keep burgers company during their long day's journey into the stomach. Other meaty meals include a smothered grilled chicken sandwich ($6.50) and a 6-ounce sirloin steak ($8.25), served with garlic cheese bread, a side salad, and french fries, while the breaded pork fritter sandwich ($5.75) warms the cockles of the face. Wash down chow with your choice from Dinker's drinkers' menu, including beer, wine, and martinis.
Vivace ensconces guests in a rustic and elegant atmosphere, where head chef Bobby Mekiney whips up a menu of luscious contemporary Italian fare. Generous diners can handpick a savory selection of shareable tapas, such as goat bread ($5.95), ham-wrapped dates ($8.95), and a rosy-cheeked roasted duck tart served in a toasted tart shell with marsala sauce and crispy leeks ($10.95). Meanwhile, the artisan-style pizzas—crafted with traditional Old World techniques—are anchored by fresh dough ($10.95–$16.95) that keeps chompers guessing with a crunchy exterior, chewy interior, a trivia question from 1926, and slow oven-roasted vegetables. Spring specials include a seared foie gras tapa ($17.95), as well as a fresh seafood cioppino ($28.95) and a bone-in berkshire pork chop ($26.95).
Cajun and Tex-Mex | Housemade Southern Sides | Onsite Art Gallery | Weekend Brunch
When to Go: Come by any day but Monday, when the restaurant is closed. Also, don't show up expecting dinner on Sunday, when the restaurant only serves brunch.
Praise: When Guy Fieri visited Dixie Quick's for his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, he said their Texas Chile Pepper Steak was ''one of the best pepper steaks [he’s] ever had.''
The Vibe: Like the rotating menu, much of Dixie Quick’s decor changes by the day, including the giant chalkboard that lists that day's food. The colorful chalk script also covers the host's station in ever-changing designs. As for enduring elements, exposed brick and plaster walls surround the dining room, and large black-and-white photographs hang on display, lending the space a modern, arty vibe.
Who's Cooking: Owner Rene Orduna's food is a reflection of his life. While growing up, Chef Orduna learned the ins and outs of the kitchen by working at his family's Mexican restaurant. Once he was old enough, he set off to travel the world. What he brought back home—and ultimately to Dixie Quick's—was a blend of flavors inspired by Southern, Cajun, and Tex-Mex cuisines.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before or After: See the photography, paintings, and other works of nonedible art at The RNG Gallery (1915 Leavenworth Street), which shares its address—and entrance—with Dixie Quick's.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Get your homestyle fix at Duncan's Cafe (501 S. Main Street), which serves up a slew of breakfast and lunch favorites, including hash browns and pan-fried chicken.