Looking for a down home Southern meal? You might want to check out Genesee Family Restaurant.

Located at 211 Genesee Street in the 19th Ward, it’s a great place for a cheap, delicious meal.

The restaurant, located in a small room of a house, has a very casual atmosphere. All of the tables have flower centerpieces and seat at least two comfortably.

At this little hole in the wall, you feel as though you’re sitting in the chef’s dining room. The service was both timely and friendly, but rather laid back. The chef will both take your order and serve you.

Don’t let the atmosphere and cheap prices deceive you. The portions of food were huge and the quality of the food greatly surpassed my expectations.

For $2.50, I ordered fish and chips, which turned out to be Cajun fish. The chips were well seasoned and the fish was delicious. There was plenty of food.

My friend ordered fried chicken served with cornbread, collard greens and candied yams. The food was scrumptious.

The candied yams actually tasted like candy and the sweet sauce on the fried chicken was just right.

While one can order collard greens, candied yams and black-eyed peas as side dishes, the menu seems to offer little or no options for full meals for vegetarians, so they might want to go elsewhere.

Genesee Family Restaurant provides excellent food for a great price, so if you’re on a tight budget and in the mood for comfort food, stroll on over.

It only takes about 15 minutes to walk there from campus and it’s very easy to find. The average price of an entree is about $2-$9 and appetizers are about $1-$2. Take-out is available for orders over $10.

Schloss can be reached at rschloss@campustimes.org.

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