By Michelle Colesanti
Under new management since the end of last year, what we found, along with the old favorites, were many new choices with a French twist. Mimi’s chefs are using more French inspired ingredients. Most people think of French food as being pricey, but a visit to Mimi’s Café will not only satisfy your appetite, but will do it without breaking the bank. If it was the comfort foods at Mimi’s Café that you enjoyed, those classics are still on the menu too.
It had been a while since my husband Phil and I had dinner at Mimi’s Café. Mimi’s comfortable atmosphere offers a great place for a date night, which we were enjoying, an evening with the family, and also a great place to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. Mimi’s has a banquet room that can hold up to 45 people. There is no extra charge for the room so you can privately celebrate while enjoying a great meal.
Mimi’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends, so you can partake in a leisurely brunch. Suzy Wiesenhart and husband Tom are regular weekend visitors to Mimi’s for breakfast.
“We have been going to Mimi’s for as long as they’ve been open. We love the atmosphere, the food and have made friends with several servers. Love the new menu, even going there for holidays,” said Suzy.
During our visit, we noted there was plenty on the menu to satisfy everyone. We were surprised to see a special menu offering a three course dinner for two for just $25. This included an appetizer and an entrée for each person and three shared mini desserts.
I try really hard not to eat the bread served in restaurants before the meal, but that was impossible to do when Mimi’s carrot bread was placed on the table. It was so fresh and delicious, and worth the extra calories.
So many enticing appetizers to choose from including Artisan Baked Brie and a Petite Seafood Crepe, but I went for the traditional French Onion Soup. For my main entrée, I had the Coq au Vin, which is chicken braised in red wine, mushrooms and pearl onions served on creamy mashed potatoes with petite peas. Comfort food French style.
Mimi’s French specialties include its Signature Bouillabaisse, Tournedos du Bœuf, Poulet à l’Orange Crêpe, along with the classic favorites – slow roasted turkey and meatloaf. There are also plenty of salad choices if you are aiming for a lighter meal. There’s a variety for the younger crowd, too.
To top off the meal, the mini portions of three of Mimi’s desserts (petite triple chocolate brownie, bread pudding and fresh apple cinnamon crisp served with ice cream) were more than enough for both of us to share. They were all different, and all delicious.
We will definitely be making a trip back to Mimi’s soon to try more new items on the menu.
Mimi’s Café can also cater your next event with 24 hours notice, or you can order online for meals to-go pickup in 30 minutes. Treat yourself or your office team to Mimi’s muffins; a great way to start the day (or anytime).
Mimi’s Café is located at 804 Providence Rd. in Brandon. For more information and to view the menu, visit www.mimiscafe.com/.