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Dixie Queen March 15, 2012

Filed under: East Memphis,Southaven — Shannon R Little @ 11:01 am
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Dixie Queen is one of those Memphis establishments that brings me back to my childhood.  When I was younger, my mom and I used to go to the Dixie Queen on Mt. Moriah to get a burger, fries, and freeze.  We would eat inside and then head next door where there was a super awesome Putt Putt course.  It had giant replicas of zoo animals, windmills, the whole bit.

 

I do not frequent Dixie Queen as much any more, but every so often I have to stop in and get my freeze fix.  That is what I had to do recently.  I was in the area and made an instant decision to go through the drive through.  I ordered an orange freeze.

 

The freezes are just as good as I remember them as a kid.  They are not icy at all, and they are not too liquidy either.  They have that perfect consistency and are bursting with flavor.  I don’t know exactly how to describe what a freeze is.  It’s a lot like a milkshake, but kind of like a smoothie. There is really nothing else like it.  You just need to try it for yourself.

 

For the record, the burgers and fries are really good for a fast food restaurant.  If you are going to eat fast food, I would definitely opt for this instead of any national burger chain.  The food is especially good at 3:00am on your way home. I found out about their late hours as a young adult and was thrilled.

 

The staff is usually super friendly too.  They always have smiles on their faces and are willing to chat it up with you.

 

The only downside: Don’t come here if you are in a hurry.  They will take forever and make you late. Guaranteed. Every time.  There were four cars in front of me at the drive through, and I didn’t leave Dixie Queen for over 15 minutes.  I could have gotten food faster at a sit down restaurant.  However, if you have the time to hang out, it is worth the wait.

From my experience, Dixie Queen is one of those places that is never talked about, but an establishment most Memphis know and love.

 

Dixie Queen has no website or social media outlets, as they prefer to run old school.  You can check out reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon.  Also, Memphis Business Journal wrote an article on them in 2003, about their Memphis home base and expansion.

 

Dixie Queen on Urbanspoon

 

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3 Responses to “Dixie Queen”

  1. Austen Onek Says:

    I wish I could be as complimentary. My wife and I went to the Mt. Moriah location one evening last fall after dinner and before heading home on one of our rare the-planets-aligned-for-us-to-have-a-proper-date date. I was in the mood for one of their butterscotch mega-shakes and my wife had a smaller version. Agreed and confirmed on taking a while: there was one car in the drive through, four people milling about behind the counter (none of which wearing nametags or uniforms) and 3 other customers in front of us. We eventually (~15 minutes later) got two small cups of vanilla soft serve with a squirt of butterscotch flavoring in them. I took this information for what was (supposedly) the manager and explained our order and the difference between that and what we got. I got a “talk to the hand” from the lady manager, who then turned her back on us and went back to hang out near the drive-through window in clear view of our standing at the counter. We left the cups of soft-serve on the counter and the change returned from our order and walked out. I am not a bad customer, and tried to handle the situation with humor and deference; what I got was insulting and hurtful. Whomever is in charge of staffing at the Dixie Queens needs a serious talking to. We were tremendously disappointed in the customer service and will not be back again, sadly.

    • Thanks for sharing Austen. Sadly, I can see where the service is pretty terrible at Dixie Queen. From my experiences growing up, it has never been wonderful. The last gentleman that helped me did have a nice smile, though. From what I can tell, it is a pretty “hit or miss” kind of place. Which is sad, because their frozen treats are usually yummy.


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