Gussie’s Finally Opening Tonight

Photo: Adam Martin

The construction is over, the permits signed, and the long-awaited Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles is due to open tonight in the Fillmore District location that once housed the legendary Powell’s Place. The long-awaited front doors, whose belated delivery helped increase the time of the delay, will open at 7 p.m., owner Michele Wilson told us on the phone from the kitchen where she was frantically cooking. Originally slated for March, Gussie’s has been teasing us the last few weeks with near-miss opening dates. Today, though, the burners are on and the food is on its way. Swing by 1521 Eddy St for some chicken and waffles from the former Roscoe’s proprietor or something else from the menu below.


Fried Catfish Nuggets
fresh catfish nuggets marinatedin house
seasoning and golden fried in our own
fish fry served with homemade tartar sauce 7.79

Country Fried Okra
fresh okra hand battered and golden fried
with red pepper remoulade 6.99

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Livers
Tender chicken livers seasoned with our secret
Seasoning topped with super thin onion strings 6.99

Cheddar Cheese Grit Cakes
Creamy grits, sharp cheddar and jack cheese, scallions dusted in cornmeal and lightly fried with artichoke jalapeño sauce 6.29

SANDWICH’S AND COMBO’S (all sandwich’s served with your choice of waffle fries, potato salad or small green salad, sweet potato fries add .79)

Juicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Boneless, skinless marinated chicken breast grilled and served on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion 8.99 cheese add 1.00

Southern Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich
Boneless southern fried chicken breast on a fresh roll topped with homemade Cajun coleslaw 9.29

Louisiana Fried Catfish or Red Snapper Sandwich
Fresh catfish or red snapper dredged in seasoned fish fry on a fresh roll with lettuce, tomato and red onion and housemade tartar sauce 9.59

Grandma’s Classic Chicken Salad
Homemade chicken salad with mayo, onion, celery on toasted wheat bread with fresh lettuce and vine ripened tomato 7.59

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Strips
Boneless, skinless chicken strips marinated in buttermilk and crispy fried served with homemade honey mustard 8.79

“I Can’t Believe its Veggie!” Veggie Burger
Morningstar grilled veggie burger on a wheat bun with fresh lettuce, vine ripened tomato and red onion 8.79 cheese add 1.00

All our soups and salads are made in house from scratch with fresh ingredients. Dressing choices include buttermilk ranch, balsamic vinaigerette, blue cheese, thousand island, low-cal Italian.

Char-Grilled Chicken Salad
Grilled boneless skinless chicken breast atop fresh mixed greens, red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots 8.49

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad
Buttermilk fried chicken strips atop fresh mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, cheddar and jack cheese, hard boiled egg 9.29

House Salad
Fresh crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions 4.99

Chicken Noodle
Homemade chicken stock, chicken, celery, carrots, onion and fresh herbs
Cup 4.59, bowl 6.59

Gussie’s Down Home Chicken Gumbo
Spicy chicken sausage, chicken, onions, bell pepper, house seasonings and a few secret ingredients topped with fried okra! A house specialty!
Cup 8.29 Bowl 10.29

All our waffles are homemade, cooked to order and served with sweet cream whipped butter and warm homemade brown sugar syrup. Sugar free syrup is available upon request. Pure maple syrup add 1.00.

Uptown Special
One southern fried chicken breast and one original waffle 9.29

Downtown Special
One southern fried chicken thigh or drumstick and one original waffle 7.79

Fillmore Classic
3 golden crispy chicken wings, 1 delicious original waffle, 2 eggs any style
10.79 two waffles 12.79

Southern Comfort
Two delicious original waffles, two pieces southern fried chicken and two eggs scrambled with cheddar cheese and onions 13.79

One-quarter Southern Fried Chicken and Two Delicious Waffles
1/4 dark or white southern fried chicken and two delicious original waffles 12.89 smothered in gravy and onions add .79

One-half Southern Fried Chicken and Two Delicious Waffles
1/2 dark or white southern fried chicken and two delicious original waffles 15.59 smothered in gravy and onions add .79

Gussie’s Signature Sweet Potato Waffles
Two waffles made with fresh sweet potatoes, spices, brown sugar and a whole lotta love! Our own secret recipe! 9.79
Add two pieces of succulent fried chicken 12.79

Country Cornmeal Waffles
A Southern favorite! Two old-fashioned cornmeal waffles prepared light and crispy with two pieces of succulent fried chicken or three crispy fried chicken wings 12.59

Banana Pecan Waffles
Two of our original waffles with chopped pecans topped with fresh sliced bananas and whipped cream 9.79

Vegan Buckwheat Waffles
Two buckwheat waffles with a touch of spice served with Earth’s Balance and warm pure maple syrup 8.79

We only use farm fresh eggs and fresh vegetables. All our eggs dishes come with a choice of a hot fluffy biscuit or honey cornbread. Egg beaters or egg whites only add 1.00.

Daily Breakfast Special
One egg any style, grits, hot fluffy biscuit and coffee 5.59

Two’s Company
Two eggs any style, two southern fried chicken wings, grits or homefries 8.29

Three’s a Crowd
Three eggs, three southern fried chicken wings, grits or homefries 9.79

Morning Riser
Two eggs any style, two turkey sausage patties, grits 7.79

Sunrise Special
Two eggs any style, one original waffle, two turkey sausage patties 8.79

Jersey City Classic
Southern fried or smothered chicken livers, two eggs any style, grits 9.79

S.F. Special
Southern fried chicken breast w/one wing or leg with two eggs any style, grits or homefries 10.29

Country Style Breakfast
Two eggs scrambled with cheese and onions, one chicken leg and thigh, smothered potatoes 9.99

Fried Catfish or Red Snapper and Eggs
Two pieces fried catfish or red snapper, two eggs any style, grits 11.59

Chicken Lover’s Omelet
Three eggs, chicken breast, green onions, cheddar and jack cheeses, grits, homefries or one original waffle 9.99

Veggie Omelet
Three eggs, green onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, cheddar and jack cheese with grits or homefries 9.29

Doody’s Chicken Liver Omelet
Three eggs, southern fried chicken livers, onions and cheese topped with gravy with homefries or grits 11.29

Enjoy our traditional Southern entrees with all the comfort of the south! We prepare everything from scratch and with love just like Gussie always did!

Taste of the South
One-quarter of our famous southern fried chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, fresh collard greens, candied yams & honey cornbread 14.99

Sunday’s Best
Smothered chicken breast and wing with collard greens, red beans and rice, honey cornbread 13.49

Herb Roasted Chicken
One quarter chicken roasted with olive oil and herbs, rice and gravy, candied yams 12.99

Down Home Fixins’
Black-eyed peas or red beans over rice, southern corn and honey cornbread with one breast 10.99, three wings 9.99, 2 legs or one thigh 9.49

Southern Fried Chicken and Grits
One half southern fried or smothered chicken with grits and a hot fluffy biscuit 14.49

Catch of the Day
Fresh southern fried catfish or red snapper, potato salad, southern corn, honey cornbread 13.49

Side Sampler - Enjoy your choice of four of the following southern side dishes
Macaroni and Cheese, Collard Greens, Black-eyed Peas, Red Beans & Rice, Southern Corn, Candied Yams, Rice and Gravy, Potato Salad, Smothered Potatoes 10.49

Vegetarian Plate - these specialties are prepared with no meat
Greens, black-eyed peas, red beans and rice, homefries, vegan cornbread 10.49

Served all day everyday to satisfy your hunger and your wallet! 7.49

Your choice of one southern fried chicken leg or thigh with one of the following side dishes: red beans and rice, rice and gravy, black-eyed peas, southern corn,
Homefries or grits with honey cornbread

Georgia Iron Skillet Peach Cobbler
Homemade peach cobbler with brown sugar, sweet cream butter, nutmeg and vanilla baked in it’s own iron skillet 6.49

Chocolate Kahlua Cake
Butter bundt cake with coffee, kahlua and chocolate pudding in the mix! A family favorite! 4.99

Southern Red Velvet Cake
Done the right way with red cake, vanilla cream cheese frosting, crushed pecans, 4.79

Miss Pearl’s Banana Pudding
Homemade with fresh bananas, pudding and vanilla wafers with whipped cream 4.79

Pecan Pie
Homemade golden and sweet with sugar and cream butter in a flakey crust 4.59

Thick Ice Cream Milkshakes
Chocolate or Vanilla milkshakes made to order thick and creamy 3.99

Ice Cream Floats
Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream with your choice of Root Beer, Coca-Cola, Strawberry or Orange soda pop! 4.49

Sides and A la Carte (BACK PAGE TOP LEFT)
Collard Greens 4.29
Baked Macaroni and Cheese 4.29
Red Beans and Rice 3.99
Candied Yams 4.29
Black-Eyed Peas 3.99
Southern Corn 3.99
Homefries 3.59
Smothered Potatoes 3.99
Potato Salad 3.79
Rice and Gravy 3.99
French Fries 4.99
Sweet Potato Fries 4.99
Breast 4.29
Wing 2.49
Thigh 3.29
Leg 3.29
Catfish or Snapper Fillet 6.29
Chicken Livers 5.99
Original Waffle 4.29
Specialty Waffle 4.99
One Egg 1.79
Two Eggs 2.69
Biscuit .99
Honey Cornbread .99

THIRST QUENCHERS (Back Page Bottom Left)

Sunset (lemonade & iced tea)
Sunrise (lemonade & iced tea) 2.50

Free Refills 2.39
Lemonade Sm. Orange Juice 2.79
Southern Sweet Tea Lg. Orange Juice 3.79
Classic Iced Tea Sm. Milk 2.29
Coke Lg. Milk 2.79
Sprite Sm. Apple Juice 2.79
Diet Coke Lg. Apple Juice 3.79
Root Beer Hot Chocolate w/whipped cream 3.59
Strawberry Hot Herbal Tea 2.59
Orange Coffee 2.59

Domestic Beers 3.50
Import Beers 4.50
House Wines 5.00

Gussie’s Finally Opening Tonight