The Cottage On Dixie opened about six week ago; January 26, 2013. The owners have taken an old plain vacant restaurant building and transformed it into a very attractive and welcoming upscale dining establishment. Inside you find a warm comfortable room complete with exposed wood rafters and a waiting area with a burning fireplace. Lighting and other aesthetics compliment the interior.
My spouse and I along with another couple decided to dine there on Saturday Night. Not knowing how busy it would be we made reservations for 5:30 p.m. Upon arrival we were promptly greeted by pleasant front desk staff and taken to our table. Soon thereafter, although he apologized (why I do not know) for not being there sooner, our Server Zach was tableside. He was an extremely friendly person and you could tell he wanted to make our experience at The Cottage a great one. He very enthusiastically shared with us some of the history of the new restaurant including the staffs’ general training and education regarding the menu items. Upon request, he described his favorite menu items. In addition to our server there appeared to be many other staff present to assist. Water, bread and butter quickly found their way to our table and were replenished as needed. Interesting “amuses” (you have to visit to find out about these) were provided for our dining enjoyment.
The menu is very interesting. Although ample in variety, it is somewhat smaller than what you sometimes see. Emphasis is placed on fresh and organic whenever possible. For entrées my spouse and I both chose the seared duck while our “dinner mates” had the smoked scallops and lamb selections. Preparation and presentation of all three selections were very nice and all entrées were delicious. Everything was prepared to our wishes. I was pleased that sides were somewhat atypical and different from the potatoes, beans, and peas that you usually see. One of our side dishes was rutabaga and I was thrilled. I only can hope that brussel sprouts show up soon. Portions were sufficient however; our dining companion thought the lamb selection could have been slightly larger. My wife says that I am picky however; I would have liked everything to be a “touch” warmer; that is just me. We all finished the meal with crème brulee, coffee, tea, or a cappuccino.
Throughout the evening, our server and the ancillary wait staff returned to our table to check on everything, replenish items if needed, and quickly clear dishes when appropriate. All were quite efficient. We were never rushed or hurried and were allowed to have a leisurely dining experience from entrée selection to last cup of coffee.
It was a very enjoyable dining experience. It is nice to have an upscale restaurant near by and we hope that it will have a long and successful history in Homewood. I am confident that we will soon dine there again.
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