Saturday, November 2, 2013

Oooh La La! Mimi's is back!

Mimi's Cafe has long been a family favorite.  My first trip to Mimi's was for a business lunch back in the early 90's!  Lines were long, service impeccable and food was worth the wait.  In recent years our enthusiasm for Mimi's waned and unbeknownst to us Mimi's had suffered from a buy out and the emphasis that had long made Mimi's a favorite got lost in the shuffle.  FAST FORWARD . . . to now, the FALL of 2013 and Mimi's has reclaimed it's roots with new owners, a new and super enthusiastic executive chef and an amazing new menu that pairs some traditional classics with some exciting new flavors!  The focus on quality and service has returned.  As luck would have it, I was invited to participate in a night unveiling the new menu. The conversation was frank and the new Mimi's team listened and then blew our socks off with a feast fit for former Mimi's enthusiast like myself.
We were greeted with variety of choices:
French Inspired MENU
For more information on the philosophy and story of the all new MIMI's click HERE

As social media enthusiasts we all visited and pecked and clicked away telling of our exciting adventure!
Bloggers Excited to Try the New Menu
Me and My Sweet Pea Enjoying the NEW and IMPROVED Mimi's!
Chef Katie was such fun to be around.  Clearly proud of her new menu, she was eager to please and excited to share in her passion for food.  You should check her out on Twitter and Instagram @mimis_chefkatie

Chef Katie Sutton - What a HOOT!

 One of my favorites was the baked brie!  I've been back to have this twice since!  Make sure you ask for a couple of extra croutons.  There is PLENTY to spread and enjoy!

Artisan Baked Brie

For the seafood lovers the mussels will not disappoint.  Those of that love seafood were clamoring and smacking our lips!   Ms. M was my date by default, but as a Mimi's lover herself she was as excited as I to see what the new menu was all about.  She even tasted and swallowed a mussel -- even after vows that seafood would never pass her lips!  And guess what, she didn't hate it!  I wouldn't say that we won her over, but she did enjoy the flavor!

Mussels à la Mimi’s

 This crepe was definitely a favorite.  I'm looking forward to trying the crepes with some seasonal offerings as well!

Petite Seafood Crêpe

This Pumpkin Bisque was so good and although offered only seasonally, I would make the trip to have it again.   When the servers brought out the famous, but somewhat forgotten bread basket, I think we were all ready to celebrate its return!  So iconic and so missed!  Just as good as I had remembered!

Les Soupes

Mimi’s Signature Bouillabaisse

 Everything is better with an egg and this burger proves it!

Le Burger de Madame

 And then for dessert we were surprised with a sampling of Waffles from the breakfast menu!  I dare say we were stuffed, but the 

Bacon Apple Waffle

Strawberry Waffle Perdu

Since our reintroduction, I've been back 3 times and I look forward to each visit.  You can't miss the fresh baked croissants and the breakfast menu is worth the visit!  I'm hoping to see Mimi's Cafe with waiting lines once again.  It's a true classic and their commitment to customer satisfaction and good food is out to prove it!
Thanks Mimi's for a great night and great food!