I’ve eaten at a number of Mimi’s cafes around Central Florida, but the one I usually visit is located in Altamonte Springs near Florida Hospital and the Altamonte Mall. I met one of my old professors and her husband there the other night for dinner. We met on a Tuesday evening, and the place was empty. There was one other couple in our dining room, and one or two couples in the back dining room. We left about 8 PM, and I think we were the last ones there. The staff was warm and friendly, and the service was quick. Our server was more than attentive and quite personable. Mimi’s was established in 1978 by Arthur J. Simms, a World War II vet who fell in love with the cafes and freshly baked breads of France. The menu, although it claims to be French-like, reminds me of retro America with its offering of liver and onions, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, jumbo muffins, and turkey and cornbread dressing. Mimi’s also offers burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, fish, steak, and pasta. The starters are the typical finger foods that you expect to find at a bistro: fried chicken fingers, spinach and artichoke dip, and sliders. The Gourmet Francais menu offerings are limited: quiche, cordon bleu, crepes, and beef bourguignon. We started with the spinach and artichoke dip as we chatted about photo software and trips around Europe. The dip was good but the chips were greasy and pliable. My professor and her husband order the quiche, which came with a jumbo muffin and a side of greens. They were both pleased with their meal. I had the quiche before, and it was tasty, but I’m not a big fan of quiche. I ordered the chicken crepes with brie. The crepes weren’t bad, but they were a little too savory for me. (I ate only one of them.) We ended with dessert. I didn’t find any of them to be particularly appealing: bread pudding, triple chocolate brownie sundae, apple crisp, chocolate cake, and a mousse muffin. You could also order a petite ensemble of three desserts. We all ordered the triple chocolate brownie sundae and licked our plates clean.
I think everyone should try Mimi’s at least once. I’m not overly thrilled with the menu, which seems to change at least once a year, and the portion sizes seem smaller than they once were. The prices aren’t bad, and the food is average.
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