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“Gino's”
Review of Thai Cafe

Thai Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Port Orchard, Washington
Level Contributor
113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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“Gino's”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

My, what a wonderful discovery!! After a fine drive through the Joshua Tree National Park we sought a place for lunch in 29 Palms, CA. We always prefer either Ma and Pa Cafes for potentially wonderful lunches and pies made locally; or small, hometown cafes with local flavor instead of chain style restaurants. Driving down the highway through town we spotted a small homey looking place with a Gino's Cafe sign. Much to our big surprise we discovered the cafe was exceptionally elegant inside and were warmly greeted by Gino, who, along with his brother, the chef, had only 16 months ago moved from Genoa, Italy, where they had several restaurants.

The tables were set with a formal feel to them, matching the elegance of the dining room. Gino waited on our table himself and we quickly engaged in a long, pleasant and informative conversation. The food was served with a flair; we had our own water bottle, outstanding lunch faire (Nancy's was spaghetti and mine a chicken sandwich), and a delectable cheesecake which we shared for lunch. Gino goes to L.A. weekly to pick up his own supplies. His brother is a fine chef who demands perfection as he prepares the food. Diners come from as far away as Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs for the food served by Gino. We were sorry not to be able to stay for dinner, as it surely would also be just as wonderful as the lunch!! This cafe is a gem in the desert, one to be relished and savored as a great discovery and real Italian treat for the palate!!

  • Visited May 2014
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Mesa, Arizona
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“Exquisite Italian Dining Experience”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Mouth watering food prepared by Italian immigrants and served by attentive hosts in an exquisite atmosphere. Great place to take the family or to have a romantic night out with your partner. Many wines from which to choose and authentic Italian food make this one restaurant you won't forget!

  • Visited June 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Delicious Italian Cuisine”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

We recently visited Gino's Café and had a wonderful experience. We were served by the owner, Gino, and his brother Fouady, the chef. They treated us like family. I've never been to Italy, but this is how I imagine a true Italian café to be, and true Italian food to taste. We enjoyed the lasagna and fettuccini alfredo immensely. The sauces were to die for! If you have the chance and a craving for true Italian cuisine, you must try Gino's Café. Delicious!

  • Visited January 2014
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yucca valley, ca
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“Wonderful!!”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Ah yes I do like cheese! Wonderful cheeses, alfredo, so good!
Wonderful ravioli, and penne, top shelf!
Wonderful dressing on the special baby green salad, tantalizing!
Wonderful tomato sauce for the freshly made bread, um good!
We SPLIT a meal, and order the cheesecake to go for another time!
AND DON'T FORGET THE REAL GENOANS, FOUADY AND GINO, WHO TAKE US TO THE MOUNTAINS OF ITALY WHILE PREPARING AND SERVING!

  • Visited May 2014
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Yucca Valley, California
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“Great place to have a wonderful meal”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

My boyfriend and I just returned from having lunch at Gino's Cafe. What a treat!
We were greeted by Fouday who is the chef, host and on this occasion the server as well.
We started out with warm crusty sour dough rolls and a side dish of marinara sauce for dipping. My boyfriend ordered the lasagna, which I also tasted. It came with extra parmesan cheese and meat sauce. I could not resist ordering the mussels, whcih came with crusty bread, great for sopping up the light tomato broth.
Everything was delicious and the portions were generous We both ate every morsel on our plates.
If you love good food as I do, Gino's Cafe is the place for a great meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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