Dine at Abilene's oldest restaurant & most beloved greasyspoon!

Being in the tourism industry, I am asked often for recommendations about lodging, things to see and do, places to shop – among many other items. One of the most common questions is always about restaurants – particularly breakfast spots – in Abilene. If it is in reference to breakfast, my response is always the same. If you’re in town and want to eat local, you’ve got to go check out Abilene’s most adored greasy spoon, The Dixie Pig.

The Dixie Pig is located at 1403 Butternut Street and is pretty much right smack dab in the middle of town. What do they serve you may ask? Home-style southern cooking in a very casual “diner” environment.

That being said, if the aroma of what they’re cookin’ inside doesn’t draw you in – maybe it will be the quirky pig on the sign – or the charming exterior look of the old-school diner. Upon entrance of “The Pig,” you will see just that – pig décor everywhere! In addition, one of my favorite signs will meet you eye-to-eye, “There will be a $5 charge for whining.” Love it!

Another interesting thing about this popular joint is that it has been in operation since 1931 in its current location. I believe it is officially dubbed, “Abilene’s oldest restaurant.” However, in 1941, the building was torn down and replaced with the structure that still stands today. The north dining room was added in 1948, replacing a carhop area. The restaurant has even received its historic property designation! One of my favorite stories about the place? There is a couple who had their rehearsal dinner at the Dixie Pig back in the day. To this day, the elderly couple travels in from a small town miles way to share an anniversary meal in the same place they did on their wedding day!

What to know if you go? For breakfast, expect diner-style fare: pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits and white gravy. For lunch, look for: hamburgers, grilled cheese, BLTs and their famous “Pig Sandwich” – roast pork with BBQ sauce, served on a bun with lettuce and tomatoes. The Dixie Pig is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. They do not take checks or debit/credit cards – cash only – so be prepared! Cost: Each entrée/item is under $10. For more information, call 325-673-3292.