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Do Re Mimi’s Cafe

Because I am sooooo alliterate.

But enough about you, let’s talk about me.

Whenever my family tries to arrange a plan to meet for something that celebrates my father (i.e. his birthday, Father’s Day, the anniversary of that time he shot down an enemy aircraft and saved countless lives including the President only to find out later it never happened at all and he wasn’t even in the military but we continue to celebrate it anyway …like Columbus Day), we invariably have to find a restaurant that serves as much food in one visit as possible. You know, because he’s diabetic.

And when the All-You-Can-Eat buffets turn us away because we descend looking like we are about to do some serious damage at the chocolate dessert fountain, we have to find alternative places that have menus and enforce some semblance of control for the out-of-control.

So we’d often go to Mimi’s Cafe. Because my Dad loves their liver and onions.

Except that Mimi’s has recently completely re-vamped their menu to be more French. (So no more Chinese Chicken Salad either.) In fact, they have brought in real French Culinary Chef type people to up the ante and the food. And then they brought in a few of us bloggers the other day to try the new food.

seafood crepe, mimis cafe

Seafood Crepe

And it was pretty darn good. And pretty darn French.

saint malo pasta, mimis cafe

Saint-Malo Pasta

Have you tried the new menu yet? They just rolled out the new lunch and dinner menu last week.

Au Gratin? Yes, please.

Au Gratin? Yes, please.

And we got a sneak preview of the desserts that aren’t coming out for a while, but OMG apple and bacon waffles????? And cream cheese-stuffed strawberry ones as well?

oo-la-lah (and other French exclamations)

oo-la-lah (and other French exclamations)

Crikey! How does one waddle out of a French Fest with dignity, exactly?

The real question is, what is my father going to order now that the liver and onions are no longer on the menu? And neither is the meatloaf, for you change-hating carnivores out there.

I guess we’ll have to see, because after this recent sampling (read: stuffing to the gills), I’m going to have to insist we all go there, liver and onions, or no liver and onions.

Maybe you should try the crazy ass “Le Burger de Madame” which is huge and includes a fried egg in it’s beautiful pile of awesome and did I mention that I tried the mussels and there was this baguette/apricot chutney/brie appetizer that rocked and the pumpkin bisque and this can’t be good for your diabetes, but we are talking French Cooking people!

Le Burger de Madame

Le Burger de Madame

There is no way (NO WAY!) I can come here all the time and respect myself in the morning.

So anyway, who wants to meet me for lunch tomorrow?

mimis booth


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  1. I could use Mimi’s right about now. Might be a little far to drive, though.

  2. nonamedufus says:

    If I weren’t so far away – you know where it’s cold and stuff – I’d be there in a flash. That food looks delicious. I can understand your Dad’s tastes. My Dad loved liver and onions – with lima beans. Yuck. Say, Mimi’s doesn’t intend to branch out and open a restaurant in Canada, eh?

    1. Margaret says:

      Lima beans? Gack!!!

  3. James says:

    You mentioned your father is diabetic. Reminds me of calling my diabetic mother and after a few minutes of conversation she says, “Sorry honey, I have to go. The pizza’s here now.” She also told me she loves the yogurt with honey. Who doesn’t?

    1. Margaret says:

      Sounds like you and me are in the same boat sometimes, James. But what can you do?

  4. “apple and bacon waffles and cream cheese-stuffed strawberry?”



    1. Margaret says:

      I know, right??

  5. Mulled Vine says:

    I feel like I have just watched an episode of Nanny Goat v Food. I’ll start swimming, though I hear the Atlantic is chilly this time of year.

    1. Margaret says:

      Nanny Goat vs Food – HAHA!!! I can hear the chanting of it in the background as I plow through another croissant.

  6. GRAMPS says:

    So what is the address of Mimi;s cafe?????

    1. Margaret says:

      Forgive my smart assness when I say 🙂

  7. Nicky says:

    Okay, the next time I’m in California, we’re soooo going there for lunch. And yes, I realize I can eat French food all the time. But it’s not the same. Yours is *foreign* French food. It’s a completely different kettle of fish that’s lightly floured and dusted with herbs Provencale.

    1. Margaret says:

      Don’t think for one minute I didn’t think you talking about all this foreign French food.

  8. Me-Me King says:

    I haven’t been to Mimi’s Cafe in awhile, time to go just to check out their new French menu selections. Thanks for the tip – au revoir!

    1. Margaret says:

      How cool would that be to see a screaming MeMe in Mimi’s? (I’m sure you already thought of that one. Sorry).

  9. Hey — I want a Mimi’s! Although, I think my ass-size is expanding dramatically from just looking at the pictures. That slobber you see on your screen is from me. Sorry…

    1. Margaret says:

      I WISH my ass would “expand” to a 6. 🙂

      1. Your ass and everything else about you is adorable just the way it is. 🙂

  10. Cheryl P. says:

    I haven’t been to Mimi’s in a very long time. I am such a party pooper these days. I hardly ever eat out. No reason other than I feel like I don’t need the big portions and it’s easier to keep tabs on what I am eating if I cook it.

    They did have a lite version of their chopped cobb salad that was my mainstay. BUT if I were to have a cheat day, I could totally go for that au gratin. That looks really good.

    1. Margaret says:

      Two words, Cheryl: doggie bag.

  11. Do they serve goats? Which is very different from serving goat – Pan forfend!

    1. Margaret says:

      Well, I didn’t see any signs that forbade (or forfended) it.

  12. Ah! I love, love, LOVE Mimi’s. I went for the first time this summer while visiting Thousand Oaks and gorged myself silly on their turkey with gravy. It reminds me of a French Olive Garden. I loved it so much I decided to open a franchise up here in Idaho, but I’m a little short on cash for that so it will have to wait until I hit the lottery.

    1. Margaret says:

      You don’t have a French Olive Garden in Idaho? What you potato-heads are missing!

      1. Right? We don’t even have a Burlington Coat Factory. I kid you not.

        1. Ben Swilley says:

          I read Burlington Goat Factory and became really interested. When I saw the word was coat I went back to napping as I read. I was really beginning to feel sorry for you because a community without a French Olive Garden or a Burlington Goat Factory is to be much pitied.