The place was filled with an enjoyable, boisterous crowd, perhaps a third of it military folk. Friendly staff enthusiastically took our orders, hurried to get food to our table and refreshed those ginormous mugs of (very) sweet tea.
It's a good idea to come early because:
-- The tables fill up
-- The parking lot fills up
-- The smoked meat cabinet empties out; we were too late to try the pastrami
I'm a big fan of smoked meat and barbecue, and Dixie Grill's menu scratched that itch. We REALLY appreciated the six large bottles of BBQ sauce that come with orders of smoked meat (Memphis, Kansas City, Southwest, Carolina, etc.). The two of us who ordered the brisket thought the KC sauce was excellent. The brisket had a few fatty pieces, but overall it was smoky and tender, as was the pulled pork. One note -- those who order the pork thinking that they are getting barbecue as opposed to smoked might think it's a little dry. In any case, a little of the sauce made it just right for us. The side dishes (cole slaw, cornbread casserole, baked mac & cheese) were OK, not great. I'll try other ones next time. One member of our party raved about the mufelatta she ordered but wickedly refused to share it. There's a lot more on the menu for us gourmands, from crab & shrimp to po boys to various south-efied burgers.
-- The food arrived pretty quickly, and we chowed down on the free popcorn while we waited.
-- Portions were adequate, especially considering that ordering the smoked meat nets you a couple of generous side dishes. We were too full for dessert.
-- It was a hot day, and while the inside isn't chilled, the fans kept it cool enough.
-- Although it was warmer and a lot noisier (due to the heavy traffic on Farrington) outside, patio diners seemed to enjoy themselves just as much as those of us seated inside.
-- Healthy options: There are a few salads that look tasty and won't raise your cholesterol. Otherwise, BYOCelery.
-- There are always specials not listed on the menu.
-- So far as I know, there is no other southern food filling station like this on Oahu, so we were very grateful to friends who recommended it.
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