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The Dixie Cafe & Quick Stop is locals “go-to place”

Pina Colada Muffins. Photo: Marriah Littrell
Pina Colada Muffins. Photo: Marriah Littrell
Photo: Matina Finn
Photo: Matina Finn
Photo: Matina Finn
Photo: Matina Finn
Photo: Matina Finn
Photo: Matina Finn
Photo: Matina Finn
The Drunk Chicken sandwich at The Dixie Cafe & Quick Stop Grocery. Photo: The Dixie Cafe
Strawberry Grilled Chicken Salad from The Dixie Cafe & Quick Stop Grocery. Photo: The Dixie Cafe
Country-Fried Steak at The Dixie Cafe & Quick Stop Grocery, where breakfast is served anytime. Photo: The Dixie Cafe
Krispy Chicken Salad at The Dixie Cafe & Quick Stop Grocery. Photo: The Dixie Cafe
Texas Burger with Dixie Fried Potatoes at The Dixie Cafe & Quick Stop Grocery. Photo: The Dixie Cafe

The Dixie Cafe & Quick Stop Grocery in Keene is not your usual quick stop country store. Opened 10 years ago by Lynn Alexander and his daughter, Kasi Alexander Sato, locals flock there Monday through Saturday for the homemade food, deli and groceries. They even sell jewelry and have just begun selling bulk dry goods and frozen foods.

Alexander’s mom opened a Dixie Cafe in Borger, Texas, in the mid-1950s, and the only grocery store in their nearby hometown of Phillips was a Quick Stop Grocery, so the name is fitting.

Manager and chef Kelly Johnson, along with his son, daughter and wife, Anita—who makes the gourmet muffins sold there—are part of a seven-member team who run the restaurant and grocery served by Blue Grass Energy.

“We serve breakfast all day long, and people love it,” says Alexander. “We sell a lot of hamburgers and quesadillas. We have daily soups—chili, ham with pinto beans and vegetable beef—as well as a weekly special.”

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