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Irvine, Orange County bound - Go to Jimmy Z

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Irvine, Orange County bound - Go to Jimmy Z

kc girl | Apr 30, 2002 11:32 PM

Tried it again. Liked it one more time. Anyone else?

The food is really good, though this time I got a little more of his boasted "Old World hospitality." Jimmy Z Grill is a "contemporary American Grill with a Persian flair." (I got a take-home dinner menu I'm quoting from.)

I thought I'd stop in for a little bite while I was in the area on my way home. Jimmy Z Grill is rather new (just @ 1 year) (although the chef Jimmy Z is not - he started Forty Carrots and Garden Bistro in South Coast Plaza). His food is delicious and well presented.

Anyway, when I got there, it looked as if it was closed, so I just stood reading the menu outside, wondering if they really were closed (and trying to think if I wanted to go somewhere else if they were). Within minutes a mother and her son walked up and into the restaurant. So did I. Jimmy Z met us at the door. He told us he wasn't open until 4:30 (it was 3:30) and then said he'd serve us anyway. Then, he realized I wasn't with the other two. (I told him I just wanted the Dolmeh appetizer and maybe a glass of wine - I'd had quite a busy day.)

Dolmeh: grape leaves wrapped sautee'd ground sirloin, herbs and barberries. In the center of the splay of dolmehs was that yogurt/cucumber dip many Persians serve - his also had barberries on and in it (I thought they were little currants.) It kind of tasted like a sloppy joe (only better) in grape leaves.

And, wow, did he serve! He was at my side at least seven times in one hour (security check?). He even asked me behind the bar to get a better view of many of their wines (I wanted a Shiraz, but he only sells it by the bottle). Now, I'm not a wine spectacular, but we had a little tasting right then and there (unfortunately, I was not very mature at some samples - sometimes wincing at a smell or shuddering my shoulders tight).

Towards the end of the eating, he said I could have a second glass on him. When I declined, he insisted. I declined again (hell, it was only 4 in the afternoon!). Before I left, he wrote out a "complementary wine" coupon on the back of his card.

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