BEST RESTAURANT FOR LATE-NIGHT DINING (1999)
In the interest of not pissing off out-of-state visitors, Minnesota officials should post signs throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: WARNING! PAST 10:00 P.M., EAT AT YOUR OWN RISK. Locating a midnight nosh that isn't delivered by a surly teenager through a drive-thru window is as difficult as finding an authentic deli in this town. A recent addition to the tiny list of late-night dining spots is this Uptown spinoff of a St. Paul fixture. Like its parent, Dixie's Calhoun offers a Southern-inspired menu based on ribs, fried chicken, catfish, and the signature crawfish étouffée; unlike the Grand Avenue restaurant, it occupies a stunning three-floor space with views of the city lights sparkling on an inky Lake Calhoun. Dixie's serves until 1:00 a.m., which to Chicagoans would be laughably early, but for us homebodies is mighty late indeed.