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Salamandra: Dixon restaurant celebrates 20 years of south-of-the-border fare

Juana Ayala and her daughter, Kora Bajrami, own Slamandra, which opened in downtown Dixon in May 2002.
On the menu are the staples, such as burritos, tacos and enchiladas, but other dishes, such as allambre — chopped steak cubes, bacon, onion and bell peppers topped with chihuahua cheese, shown here with a side of rice and beans.
A recent addition to the Salamandra menu, the quesabirria, has cheese and stewed meat inside.
Cody Cutter

Cody Cutter

These days, Cody Cutter primarily writes for Sauk Valley Media's "Living" magazines and specialty publications in northern Illinois, including the monthly "Lake Lifestyle" magazine for Lake Carroll. He also covers sports and news on occasion; he has covered high school sports in northern Illinois for 20 years in online and print formats.