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October 12, 2008

The Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop

BaitShop.jpgI 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.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 9:02 AM | | Comments (9)


Methinks they are trying too hard ...

If I were a southerner, I'd be offended.

Drawing upon another lifetime - one spent in marketing/advertising/pr - I can't imagine what the target market might be.

It used to always make me giggle when I visited the convience stores that had signs proudly proclaiming that they had "live bait". ooooh, I'd like that to go with my nachos and pepsi!

This reminds me of the place I used to get my hair cut in Cecil County. It was a bait shop that had a barber's chair in the middle of the store. You could get a fishing license, a tub of worms and some trimed up white walls all in the same place.

Joyce, we're all live bait for the aliens.

Owl, or as my GF believes the Progeny of 'em.

OMG, what are the aliens fishing for?

soul candy

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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