InMotion’s Foodie Fridays! #FF

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!

Welcome to IMH Foodie Fridays! #FF

Every Friday at InMotion Hosting, the west coast office employees get to choose where to order lunch (thanks to Todd and Sunil by the way)!

For the first official installment of IMH Foodie Fridays at our new Howard Hughes Center location, we chose the nearby Hangar19 mesquite grill. They specialize in gourmet grilled sandwiches and American side dishes, such as BBQ baked beans, garlic mashed potatoes and the more elaborate jalapeno corn pudding.

The majority of employees gave this place an average rating of 2 out of a 1 to 3 scale. Being that the order was delivered, the food temperature was a bit lower than desired. With mixed reviews among employees, there were some winners out of the menu selection, such as the Pulled Pork Sandwich and Mesquite Grilled Shrimp Plate with Thai Grill Sauce, and sides such as the Grilled Broccolini w/ Lemonzest and the Natural Cut French Fries. However, the most disappointing item among employees was the H19 Mac And Cheese, which tastes more like dry breadcrumbs and bland processed cheese. Overall, we’d recommend this place, but don’t get delivery if you don’t mind cold food and get your mac and cheese on elsewhere. In addition, every dish that claimed to be spicy was too mild for our tastes, so make sure to pack your own Cholula!