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Don’t expect ‘down home’ at Dixie Girl

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If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it can apply to many things — including restaurants.
Recently, the Hill Diner, a longtime Los Alamos staple closed down. Owner Denise Lane, who opened the Dixie Girl Restaurant late last year, shifted some of the Hill Diner menu items over to the new eatery, but don’t be fooled — the Dixie Girl shares very few similarities with the Hill Diner.
An attempt to visit the Dixie Girl was made a few weeks ago, but despite the sign on the door that said they close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the door was locked at 2:35 p.m. Recently, however, the visit was successful — of course, it was also around noon.
The Dixie Girl occupies the old Central Avenue Grill location right next door to Starbucks. A menu is on display outside so you can decide if going in is worth it.
Despite the lunch hour, the restaurant was nearly empty, with only a handful of tables occupied. The hostess was pleasant and a table was secured very quickly.
The one-page menu offered a variety of choices from soups and salads to burgers, sandwiches and “blue plate specials” like meatloaf.
Hill Diner items like the New Mexican Dip sandwich and the Texan hamburger have new names, but are available at Dixie Girl — as is the club sandwich. There are a few new offerings as well.


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