Earlier this month, I was invited to Mimi’s Cafe to taste their recently redesigned menu. I received a complimentary meal, but as always, all opinions are my own. I have been going to Mimi’s Cafes for over 25 years, so I happily accepted the invitation.
Mimi’s cafe was acquired by French-owned, Le Duff America, Inc., earlier this year. With the new ownership, the restaurant is returning back to it’s French-American menu. This makes me very happy because Mimi’s has been a big part of my life. We have enjoyed many breakfasts, lunches and dinners and celebrated many meals at Mimi’s over the years,
When you walk into Mimi’s, if you have not been, you feel like you are walking into a French Chateau. The feeling is cozy, French and wonderfully charming. From the french cottage decorations to the familiar black and white checkered tablecloths. You feel like the french countryside is right outside the window.
That evening, Executive Chef Katie Sutton, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, introduced the new menu items. I loved listening to the detail of preparation that goes into each item on Mimi’s menu.
First we sampled some of the appetizers from the new menu. We had their seafood crepes. Very tasty and I love crepes, very tasty if you love seafood.
Then, the Mussels with garlic aiole. This was the first time in my life that I had mussels, and I was surprised at how good they tasted. I never knew what I have been missing.
We also had the Baked Brie with Apples and Apricot Chutney. The amazing combination of fruit and creamy brie will excite your taste buds. It was my favorite. In fact, I liked it so much that I did not get a photo of it before I ate it. Sorry, do you forgive me? Take my word for it, it is absolutely delicious.
Then came the difficult part, choosing which dinner menu item to try. Luckily I had nice friends with me that evening and we often share so that we get a taste of items we did not order ourselves. For example, my friend Jamie had the Brioche Croque Madame – an open-faced sandwich with French Mornay sauces served on brioche, topped with a fried egg.
Emily ordered Mimi’s Signature Bouillabaisse, a provencal-seasoned soup with mussels, shrimp and scallops simmered in white wine.
While I opted for the Tournedos du Boeuf, medallions of beef tenderloin served with creamy mashed pototoes and a choice of bordelaise or bearnaise sauce (I opted for the bordelaise and was not disappointed).
The beef was tender, flavorful and delicious. What a wonderful meal! As if I were not full enough, Mimi’s had one more surprise, a taste of their amazing waffles. This is a strawberry waffle that is on their extensive and delightful breakfast and brunch menus.
I loved the items I tasted and I believe you are going to fall in love with the classic items at Mimi’s. Stop by and see them soon as their new menu is going to be available early October. Mimi’s has 145 locations in 24 states. You can follow them at Facebook and Twitter.
Which item would you try first?