Eat This: Dixie Rethinks Nashville Hot Chicken

"Then there's Dixie, a new, modernist Southern spot in Bucktown. Instead of trying to replicate hot chicken, owner Charlie McKenna (Lillie's Q) and culinary director Tony Quartaro (ex-Formento's) use its flavors as inspiration for a very different dish."



Dixie, From Owner of Lillie's Q, Opens Tuesday in Former Takashi Space

"The restaurant will be following Southern tradition without being bound to it, McKenna said. "It's an evolution of Southern food, focused more on vegetables and seafood than the fried-chicken, biscuits-and-gravy dishes people associate with the South."



Charlie McKenna’s Dixie Will Bring Upscale Southern to Bucktown This Spring

"He is looking to break the North’s stereotype of Southern food being only “shrimp and grits and fried chicken” by creating a more “refined and evolutionary” dining experience with Dixie."

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Formento's Chef Tony Quartaro Exits For Charlie McKenna's Culinary Director

“I've been looking forward to a different style of project, which Dixie certainly is—a different style of food and a lot of other things.”




Lillie's Q Owner Adds Companion Cocktail Bar To New Bucktown Restaurant

“Now comes news of a companion cocktail bar called 1952½. McKenna wants to challenge diners' perception of southern cooking, moving past fried chicken and barbecue.”



50 Don’t-Miss New Restaurants To Try This Summer In Chicago

"Charlie McKenna of Lillie's Q plans a Southern concept focusing on vegetables, peas, rice and seafood as found in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah (though he stops short of calling it Low Country, preferring "an evolution of Southern food")."



Lillie’s Q Owner Planning A Southern Restaurant

“The aim is to transform the house into a “2016-era plantation house” that draws inspiration from the old estates near Charleston and his birthplace in upstate Greenville, S.C. “We want people to feel like they've been transported to some of the great cities of the South, like Charleston, Savannah and Atlanta, where they can get great food and hospitality that makes you feel warm and fuzzy."



The Most Anticipated Chicago New Restaurants, Summer 2016

“Southern cuisine in Chicago is about to get a welcome addition with pitmaster Charlie McKenna'snew restaurant. The Lillie's Q owner is branching out from barbecue and instead focusing on small plates of veggies, rice and seafood. But that's not all as the property will also include a bourbon-based cocktail bar called 1952½, its name a nod to the address.”