Wednesday, March 13, 2013


 GIGI RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE -319 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

One day while taking in the sights I came upon this little café on Market Street.  From the outside it looks tiny but it is deep so there is plenty of seating.  This place does not market to the tourist it is a local paradise.  It is sandwiched between two other café’s in the historical Olde City, Philadelphia.  It has a large outside seating area inconspicuously tucked on the side of the restaurant with a private outdoor terrace.  Gigi’s specializes in its own version of International cuisine and tapas.   Open Monday – Saturday 11am – 2am and Sunday 10am to 2am.  The dinner menu starts at 5pm.

For lunch the burgers and made fresh daily.  Try the Ahi Tuna Sandwich topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, citrus lemon aioli served on a brioche bun.  The Ahi is fresh and not fishy tasting.  I chose mine blackened to perfection.

The Barnegate Bay is served all day till 11pm so it’s a great combination with a beer later at night.  It consists of pan-seared lump crab cakes topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, scallion aioli served on a brioche bun. 

If you want to indulge in Tapas then I suggest the Prince Edward Mussels simmered in white wine, garlic, herb and paprika chili broth.  It has a kick so be sure your beer is by your side.

If fish is not what you crave then there are the Jerk Chicken Skewers and Cheesesteak Empanadas.  Although the menu has them down as tapas they are quite filling if you top it with a salad or soup. 

The menu in itself has something for everyone.  They even have your traditional buffalo chicken wings and pizzas.  The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The locals populate this establishment during lunch so do not be surprised if there is a crowd.  Three Forks up for the price, menu selections and atmosphere it is a great place to people watch.

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