The Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop
I was just going through my photos from the Chicago trip, and I came upon this one.
I don't know why it strikes me so much more absurd than, say, one of our barbecue chains. But here it was in the middle of a northern college town (Evanston, Ill.) filled with chic sushi restaurants, upscale coffee houses and expensive day spas.
If you click on the link for Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop (or don't bother, I'll just tell you), you'll find that it's a Chicago chain, surprise, that opened in 1994. The owners aren't from the South.
Also they don't sell bait.
I don't want to be mean about the place, and I didn't go in so I'm not saying anything about the food, which could be wonderful. But I am having a hard time coming up with something that looks equally out of place in Baltimore.