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Gigi's Music Cafe in Sunrise: Soul Food, Live Music and Karaoke

Gigi's Music Cafe in Sunrise is like walking into your favorite hometown cafe where the menu is nothing but family recipes, and the diner-style bar serves beer or wine. There's even a small stage where you can sing your heart out during karaoke, or strum away at the guitar on open mic night.

It's the type of place where everybody knows your name, your order and favorite song. And that's pretty much exactly what owner Gigi Brown was going for.

"This isn't just a cafe. This is a music cafe, the kind of place you can come to perform, hear some live music, or just have something good to eat," Brown told Clean Plate Charlie during a recent interview. "There are a lot of talented people out there who want to perform, but they have nowhere to go. This is where they can come."

Here, the real draw isn't necessarily the food. It's for the local singers, musicians, bands, talent acts and poets who come to Gigi's weekly open mic and karaoke nights. Almost anyone can perform, and the crowd is welcoming -- a mix of young and old.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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