Tuesday, April 29, 2008

285-EATS update

Thank you for calling 285-EATS, downtown Dixon’s dinning hotline sponsored by Treins Jewelry and Dixon Main Street.

Carebear’s has 16 flavors of Cedar Crest Ice Cream now available. Stop in and find out which one is your favorite. Also, don’t forget Mother's Day, so stock up on our fine chocolates and other candy as a great gift for this special occasion.

Salamandra is now open on Sundays for breakfast from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. And don’t forget to stop by for a daily lunch special. On Monday it’s Beef Soup, Tuesday is Pork Tacos, Wednesday is Fish Tacos and a buffet, Thursday is Avocado Burritos, Friday is Fish Tacos and Tropical Shrimp.

This week’s specials will surely hit the spot at Books on First. Monday is Mint Mocha Latte, Tuesday is Hazelnut Latte, Wednesday is White Chocolate/Caramel Latte, Thursday is Mocha Almond Latte, Friday is Vanilla Latte and for the weekend, the special is Chocolate Raspberry Latte. Don’t forget to check out the expanded kid’s section.

At Snow White Bakery, there is a special lunch each day of the week, so stop in and see what's cooking.

At Quizno’s, you can try the toasted gourmet bread bowls or flatbread Sammies for a quick lunch or dinner. The Sammies are just $2 each and you can chose from the Sonoma Turkey, the Italiano, the Alpine Chicken and the Bistro Steak Melt.

In 2008 Alley Loop is great. In their smoke-free atmosphere, enjoy $4.50 daily specials.
Monday is the Turkey Caesar Wrap
Tuesday is the new Mama Mia – an open faced sandwich on chiabatta bread with Italian sausage and sauce and cheese.
Wednesday is egg salad
Thursday is the new Cha Cha Chili Burger
Friday is the their famous Tuna salad sandwich

They deliver at Touch of Thai, so if you can get out for lunch, have it delivered. Call 288-8499. The daily lunch special is $5.95 for an entrée and appetizer.

Baker Street is a must stop for soup, sandwiches or coffee.Baker Street now offers fine dining by reservation only on Friday nights. Stop in and ask for details.

Fern’s Café has daily specials for breakfast and lunch.
Spurgeon’s Bay has outstanding sweet potato fries.
Fung Ming has a variety of Cantonese-style dishes.
The Dixon Dog House has daily specials. Try their Chicago-style hot dogs or Italian Beef.
And Stop in at Mama Cimino’s new location downtown. Daily lunch specials are available. And every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday!

Cinco de Mayo to be held May 3

The second annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. in downtown Dixon. During the celebration, First Street will be closed between Galena Ave. and Hennepin Ave. After a very successful first year in 2007, Salamandra Restaurant agreed to help continue the tradition for the city of Dixon by helping to present the fiesta again in 2008 with co-sponsor Dixon Main Street.

“Dixon Main Street is excited to co-sponsor the Second Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration again this year with Salamandra,” Executive Director Josh Albrecht said. “Last year was a huge success, and it is great for our community to celebrate the cultural diversity of our city.”

This year’s event features plenty of entertainment, including Mariachi Juvenil San Francisco, Ballet Folkloric Imagen Mexicana and Ballet Folkloric Ay! Jalisco. There also will be piñatas and games for kids.

And to top it off, a variety of Mexican food will be featured, including 20 different salsas created by salsa master and Salamandra owner Juana Ayala. An outdoor beer garden will be featured, along with a variety of specialty margaritas.

For more information about the Cinco de Mayo fiesta, call 815-285-0874.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Home Show this weekend

Dixon Main Street will host its 2008 House and Home Show from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on April 18 and April 19 at Kitzman’s Lumber, 411 W. 1st Street, Dixon. The event is sponsored by Kitzman’s Lumber, Sherwin-Williams and Hvarre Painting. The event is free and open to the public.

“This event is perfect for Main Street because there is nothing like it in Dixon,” Mitch Tucker, Sherwin Williams Market Manager and Main Street Board Member, said. “Plus, many people don’t realize how many businesses in the downtown provide services for home owners.”

The two-day event will feature booths by area painters, contractors, businesses, realtors, landscapers and other service professionals. The community will get the chance to learn more about the services and products these professionals provide.

“This is the first time that Dixon Main Street has held an event like this, and we couldn’t be more excited,” Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street executive director, said. “There is no better time to hold a House and Home Show than in the early spring as people begin to work in their gardens and plan for home improvement projects.”