Very good lunch. The country fried steak was tender and hot. Good gravy, large portion of mashed potatoes. Large portion of tasty green beans. Wife had CFS also with mac and cheese. Very good Service was prompt and friendly. Great place if your hungry in Wingate. This is on my return list.
I'm still figuring out whether this place is called Gino's or Jim & Judy's Kitchen. Heck, just combine it all: Gino, Jim & Judy's... or GJJ's... or Kitchen GJJ. Nonetheless, the restaurant's concept is far from a mystery - Italian food or [if their attempts at Italian fail you], drumroll please, Southern food. In my opinion, neither disappoint; however, both are very average. Italian. Pizzas are just okay - far from NY; characterless. Calzones are somewhat better. Other dishes are solidly decent, yet mediocre in terms of flavor profiles and execution. I've yet to note a memorable Italian offering here. [Jim & Judy's home-cooked] Southern. Hefty lunch and dinner menus. Excellent deals all around - large portion sizes, small prices. But again, average food taste/quality. Nothing particularly worth returning for. Unless you're a neighborhood local or Wingate student, there's no reason to trek out here for repeat visits, honestly. In fact if you're coming down or over from Charlotte/Matthews or Waxhaw, respectively, save your time and miles and dine at Spiro's Hilltop Fish Fare & Steakhouse (1602 E Roosevelt Blvd, Monroe, NC 28112). Not only is Spiro's much larger, nicer, more accommodating, and better staffed... service is substantially faster and more attentive. FYI, a big turnoff here is how long it takes to pay and leave by meal's end. You stand in line to get rung up at their one and only register. During peak rushes, this line can crawl for as long as 10 minutes.
So incredibly impressed with Gino's! We just left there and had a great lunch. Party of 21, 12 teenage baseball players plus families, and they brought out everything hot and fresh at the same time. We called ahead to make it easier and they were a flawless team taking care of us, never had to request refills, every order was correct, even the special orders! The food was outstanding, fresh breads and pizza dough, stacked salads and sandwiches, everyone was full and fully satisfied. While it was simply subs and salads, THIS is how they should taste, simply delicious. Couldn't recommend this place enough, thank you Gino's!!!