38th and Spruce

You don’t have to have an adventurous palate to enjoy this Caribbean and American soul food truck on Penn’s campus. But it helps.

The proprietor, Tony, implored us to try the Oxtail platter ($13). It’s creepy looking – like a vertebrae covered in meat and smothered in onions. But it tasted just like my grandmother’s brisket once did. Good stuff.

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We also enjoyed the fish platter – three huge pieces of lightly battered whiting, along with collard greens and candied yams, for $10. Substantial enough that you won’t need to eat again for a week.

Gigi’s is a fun place, ready to offer up free samples. So we tried the spicy jerk chicken. Another success.

One bit of advice: When Tony asks if you want hot sauce on your food, be careful. Before we could say “when,” he’ll slather your meal with what seems like a quart of Tabasco.

As we were leaving, a the woman behind us in line said: “Best chicken wings in the city.” Hmm, now we’ve got another reason to go back.
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Score: 81/100

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