Who goes to a restaurant at a motel where they live? Well, I do from now on. Gigi's located in the Ramada Mandarin Motel was a pleasant surprise! I purchased a 'deal' online for 50% off for four people at Gigi's lunch buffet with the intention of taking my three 'kids' who were visiting for Christmas from California. Well, as it turned out, we ended up eating at several restaurants, but never got around to Gigi's. So, I offered to take friends out to lunch. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much, but after a very satisfying lunch, my friends and I have agreed we would be returning to Gigi's. The dining room was clean, the food fresh and plentiful ... it was a buffet after all. The salad bar had fresh iceberg lettuce and a variety of fresh toppings and dressings. I topped my lettuce with cherry tomatoes, beets, cucumber, carrots, fresh bacon bits, and thousand island dressing ... there were other items, but I remember only what I took. I had a bowl of chicken noodle soup that was very hot (very important for a buffet) and tasty. The entrees included baked and fried chicken, fish; side dishes included roasted potatoes, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and fresh rolls (very good!). Deserts included cake, pie, chocolate mousse, cherry and peach cobbler, bread pudding with a chocolate bourbon sauce (yumm!!!) and soft ice cream. I know there were other food and desert items, but this is what I can remember. The price for the lunch buffet was $9.95, and the waitress told us that on Tuesday there was Mexican menu, and on Wednesday an Italian menu. Friday and Saturday night Gigi's hosts a prime rib and crab leg feast for $32.95. Also, Sunday has a brunch for $11.95. I definitely plan a revisit for the Italian buffet and will give the brunch a try. The waitress also explained that people staying at the Ramada get a free breakfast buffet. So enjoy!
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