Frankfort: Gibby’s is a Must Visit For Anyone in the Capital
by Kindsey Bernhard
The last time I was in Frankfort was when I was in grade school for a class field trip to see the state capitol and the government buildings.
I finally returned as a 21-year-old to cover the All “A” Classic, an annual high school basketball tournament held at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Before the 6:30 p.m. tip-off, I decided to grab dinner before my night of basketball. Like I mentioned before I had not been to Frankfort in a very long time, so after a quick Internet search, I found where I wanted to eat: Gibby’s.
Michael Gibson, a 23-year-old, founded Gibby’s in October of 1995. Gibson only had a few years in the food industry and a credit card with a $500 limit.
Gibby’s started as a walk-in and carryout restaurant with no customer seating and shared its space with a doughnut store. After years of success, Gibson moved his restaurant to its second location on 212 W. Broadway. After a few more years of success, Gibson again moved his restaurant to its current location, 204 W. Broadway in 2004 where it has become one of Frankfort’s favorite establishments.
At Gibby’s “lunch” is served from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., so when I ordered at 4:50 I ordered from the lunch menu. I walked up to the counter and placed my order of The Grilled Gibby Melt, which was under the “specialty sandwiches” section of the menu.
The Grilled Gibby Melt is two slices of wheat bread with garlic butter that includes Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and red onion.
I always like to ask the employee what they think of the item I am ordering. When I asked the Gibby’s employee what she thought of this sandwich, she told me she didn’t like, but only because she didn’t like mushrooms. Understandable but I, however, love mushrooms and ordered it.
I made the meal a combo and substituted the side of chips for a side of French fries, which I would highly recommend. The entrée is also served with a pickle, which complements any deli sandwich.
After ordering, I seated myself in the front of the restaurant so I could look outside at the historic downtown Frankfort. The stretch of buildings on W Broadway is very scenic and beautiful. If I had time, I would have loved to stroll up and down the street.
I was one of five people inside Gibby’s but I could tell they were getting ready for a busy night ahead. There was a reservation for 20 people at 5:30 p.m. My number was called in about 10 minutes and I retrieved my dinner.
I love grilled cheese, but I don’t like American cheese so I always make mine with provolone or Swiss cheese. And now I will add sautéed mushrooms and red onion. I’ve heard of adding tomato, avocado or some other vegetable to a grilled cheese but I never thought about mushrooms. The sautéed were a great compliment to the Swiss and parmesan cheese.
The French fries were your regular restaurant French fries. They were good, not great, but better than eating chips. So if you go for lunch or dinner, pay the extra and get French fries instead of chips.
The restaurant would be considered a deli, but they offer more than sandwiches. Their menu includes appetizers, salads, steak, seafood, pasta and desserts. The have a happy hour everyday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If I ever find myself in Frankfort again anytime soon, I will be making a stop a Gibby’s for The Grilled Gibby Melt.
Gibby’s philosophy says “we are committed to excellence, not only to our customers, but also to our employees” and I felt that after leaving the famous Frankfort establishment.
204 W Broadway
Monday – Saturday: 10:30 AM – 9 PM