About Us

I am Gary Saunders, CEO (that’s short for Chief Eating Officer) of the award-winning DixieDining.com. Our site is the premiere web guide for Southern restaurants, restaurant reviews and essential Dixie food sources. We have been featured in Southern Living magazine, on NPR Radio, Chowhound.com and countless other local, regional, and national media outlets. 


Support Staff:


Eileen Saunders: V.P. Administration and Operations email


Austin Saunders: Assistant Web Administrator


Travis Saunders: Associate Eating Officer (CEO-in-Training)


Dixie: Mascot

Awards & Accolades

January 2017

LUX Food & Drink Awards - Winner "Best Southern Food Cuisine Restaurant Group - USA" 

November 2012
Mobile Bay Magazine - Featured in the annual food issue

January 2010
Alabama Coast Magazine - Featured food column contributor

2009 to Current
Mod Mobilian - Guest food column contributor for this online magazine


January 2007

Chowhound.chow.com - Recommended in topic discussion


September 2006
Delta Magazine - DixieDining.Com was featured in the September 2006 edition of Delta Magazine.


March 2006
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Featured in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in March of 2006. Check them out at

June 2004
Online City Guide - Recommends DixieDining.Com as the top web guide for country grub; "For those interested in finding restaurants that serve down-home Southern cooking, this is the site to search."


April 2004
Southern Living Magazine :: March 2004 Issue ... (page 52 under EDITOR'S PICKS - Roadside Dining)
"You'll treasure Gary Saunders delightful web site,
www.dixiedining.com . Like us, Gary is in pursuit of an alternative to fastfood restaurants. The site, organized by state, lists hundreds of what Gary calls "small, locally owned rib shacks, bbq joints, diners and fish houses" from Virginia to Texas. Filled with excellent reviews, this is a must-read before any road trip to unfamiliar Southern territory."
Check it out here at SouthernLiving.com...

April 2002
Feature Story in the April, 2002 issue of the Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News (written by Matt Ehlers). Read the article here ... WEB SITES WORTH WATCHING: Dixie dining site says ’Put some South in your mouth’

June 2001
Feature Story in the June, 2001 issue of the Coastal Carolina Business Journal (published by Dwinnells Communications in Columbia, South Carolina).

January 2001
Named Website of the Week (January 24) for the South Carolina Business Review (a daily radio program on the South Carolina Educational Radio Network).

January 2001
Named a Top 100 Southern Website for 2000 by AnythingSouthern.com

November 2000
Featured on KSRO Radio in Santa Rosa, California


October 2000
AnythingSouthern.com - "Web site of the Week"

June 2000
Roadstar-online.com - "Web site of the Week"

May 2000
Featured in the Myrtle Beach Sun News

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