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GiGi’s Soul Food

I’ve been meaning to get to GiGi’s on the East Side for quite some time, but I don’t find myself in the neighborhood often. However, on my way to the Museum of Science on Martin Luther King Day, I finally got the chance to experience a Buffalo soul food institution that’s been around since 1960.
Occupying the corner of East Ferry and Jefferson Avenue, GiGi’s offers up amazing home style southern cuisine with a unique African-American flair, in a hospitable diner setting. 

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The clientele is made up of a good amount of regulars who feel right at home discussing neighborhood issues and politics at the counter while watching the latest news on GiGi’s television.
The menu consists of breakfast, lunch, dinner and specials that change daily, and are modestly priced. Some of the more popular items are the smothered pork chops, fried chicken, steak and BBQ. 
On this particular day, I had the smothered pork chops with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.  My friend had the curry chicken with collard greens, also with mac and cheese. He’s a native of North Carolina, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen him wolf down a meal like that before! It reminded him of the southern cookin’ he doesn’t get to eat very often up north.
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All the dinners come with a side of homemade corn bread, served up warm from the oven. GiGi’s also has an amazing selection of homemade pies and cakes to compliment their dishes. You’ll be glad to know that both the deserts and entrees are available for takeout. 
GiGi’s
257 East Ferry
Buffalo, NY 14208
883.1438
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