Yay for Foodie Fridays!
Welcome to the second installment of InMotion Hosting’s Foodie Friday! Today’s pick, Jino’s Pars, was an interesting mixture of a two in one restaurant. By interesting I mean Persian and Italian food, with two separate menus. But since we’re in LA, it’s actually not that strange of a combination being that we have restaurants around here where you can get Louisiana Fried Chicken and Chinese food at the same place. Go figure!
This week, we changed up our rating scale a bit and made it to a more functional 1 to 5 star rating system (a la Yelp). Needless to say, this week’s pick got a slightly above average score of 3.5 stars, which just so happens to be the same rating that users gave it on Yelp. This rating is the outcome of an equal amount of employees ordering from each menu. With that being said, the Pars (Persian) menu didn’t fare as well with the masses as the Jino’s (Italian) menu. Not shocking, I mean, who doesn’t like Italian food?!?
The main dish that employees ordered from the Pars menu was the Beef Kabob Koobideh Lunch Special, which got a below average rating. Most people didn’t quite know what they were getting with this dish if they weren’t familiar with Persian food or the likes. The meat kind of looked like, well, I’ll let the picture speak for itself…
Now for the Jino’s menu, it’s funny that both the highest and lowest rated dishes were from the same menu. The highest rated dishes were the very tasty Ricotta Gnocci sauteed with shrimp, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes in a garlic and butter sauce. Delicious! The other highly favored dish was The Catch Lunch Special with salmon. Both dishes were said to be “one of the best lunches they’ve ever had!”
Now on the opposite end, the Mediterranean Trio, which was actually in the Jino’s menu (though it seemed more like a Persian dish to us) was the lowest rated dish/appetizer. This dish REALLY lacked flavor. But on a surprising note, one of the hidden treasures of this place is…wait for it…wait for it…Pizza Fries! Yes, Pizza Fries! It’s not on the menu, but it’s an easy fix. Just order some fries and ask to have marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese melted/baked on top! Brilliant, and oh soooo good! (However, if you do get this dish, eat it at the restaurant. It doesn’t quite travel well with delivery.)
Okay, okay calming down now…So to sum things up, if you’re in the mood for Persian food, you’re better off going to another Persian restaurant. But if you’re in the mood for some pretty decent Italian food, we’d recommend this place, well mainly the specific dishes mentioned, and of course the Pizza Fries!