Gina’s is located at the merging of General’s Highway and Veteran’s Highway, just south of Millersville. Most people who live in the area have driven past it countless times and thought “what a strange place for a restaurant,” oblivious to the fact that the parking lot is usually pretty full. Family-owned and operated by Gina and and her husband Jody, it attracts an eclectic mix of the working-class, business folks, and families alike. Once inside you’ll wonder how so many tables fit into such a small looking building, yet the layout isn’t cluttered and you won’t feel like the next table over is sitting in your lap. I don’t know how they did it, but it works nicely. Though smoking isn’t allowed at the tables, it is allowed at the bar; the place has a fairly open layout so I did leave with some mild smoky aromas attached, but nowhere near as bad as some bars.
There’s supposedly a secluded dining room in the back, but I haven’t had the opportunity to check it out. So pull up a lacquered picnic table and order some chicken or beef tacos, 2 for $2. These things are unbelievably simple and tasty. I had already eaten dinner but was tempted to order another round. My only complaint is that the ground beef taco came so hot that I nearly burned my tongue. Easily fixed with a mug of Blue Moon, but I’d still recommend waiting a few minutes after its served to take a bite. Their chili comes in an absurdly large bowl for $5.95; quite hearty looking, it is laced with Cuervo and my friends reported that it was excellent. Most of the menu can be had for $4-10, beers ranged from $2-4. Reading another review of the place I see that they have their own beer custom-brewed for them by Fordham. I’ll definitely have to try that the next time.
There weren’t too many people in presumably due to the weather, but service was impeccable. It’s a down to earth place. Much less pretentious than DTA or Federal Hill, I definitely intend to return to Gina’s. I can’t wait to sample more of their dinner menu.