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Mimi's Cafe - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Mimi’s was a well kept secret but it is now getting more popular as word gets round.

The first Mimi’s began in Anaheim in California in 1978 and was named by the owner Arthur J Simms who had fallen in love with a young French lady near the end of world war two. Her name was Mimi. The war did eventually pull them apart but he and his family felt that the name was a fitting tribute to her and the colourful French touches seen in the restaurant.

The first one in the Orlando area opened at the Mall at millennia situated at Millennia Blvd just off the Interstate 4 heading east. It is opposite the Mall and you cannot miss it’s distinctive New Orleans style yellow /orange décor with striped sun canopy. Inside is a little haven of good food, nice ambience and bonhomie.

After being shown to your table your server will present you with a menu and that is the most difficult part-what to choose. There is a huge selection and all are delicious. While you are making up your mind the server will ask you what you are drinking and return minutes later with your drinks and some delicious breads. My favourite is the carrot and raisin loaf and the good news is you can purchase one to take home for just $2. 99 and it is delicious as they have a little bakery inside the restaurant.

So, trying not to over eat on the bread basket the decision is then what to have for lunch. There is a good range of soups to choose from when it’s split pea-it must be Monday, red bean and andouille sausage-it must be Wednesday and so on as well as their daily choice of corn chowder or French onion.

Or maybe you just want to go for a great appetizer just to share- with a jazz fest- spinach and artichoke dip, chicken tenders, zucchini parmesan or black and bleu chicken quesadilla. Did I mention the cooking was Louisiana creole and just scrumptious?

For those watching their waistlines-what at Mimi’s! there are great salads delicious crunchy bleu cheese and walnut-a veritable feast for the eyes, fried chicken or zesty chicken tostada.

Or maybe just a sandwich to fill that gap-how about albacore and avocado, turkey pesto ciabatta or west coast reuben-Mimi’s have the knack of turning a simple sandwich into a feast.

My favourites languish under the name of ‘comfort classics’. Chicken pot pie, Mimi’s pot roast-slow braised chuck beef with vegetables and potatoes to mention just a few.

They also have a good range of fishes, steak and pasta.

No visit to Mimi’s is complete without a dessert-that is why you need to go easy on the bread basket. What better dish to have is Mimi’s bread and butter pudding. With plump raisins and a whiskey sauce is is heaven in every bite. It’s a question of so much to choose from and so little space.

With the opening of their new restaurant on the Osceola Parkway / and John Young Parkway (near The Loop) you don’t even have to travel too far.

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