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DATELINE DINING: Mimi's

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Although the Mimi’s restaurant chain is owned by a France-based company, it has built its success on American-French comfort food that have made Mimi’s a destination restaurant for decades.

They recently added a number of new items in response to customer demand, as well as bringing back some favorites.

 “We’re a comfort place,” Dan Bowers, general manager of the Mimi's on Pacific Coast Highway near the Alamitos Bay Landing, said, “ but we’re kind of upscale.”

It’s easy to see why customers continue to return to Mimi’s.

The atmosphere has a French feel, with lots of bricks, warm wood, a nice high ceiling, muted red leather booths and staff that is extremely friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

One of the nice touches in their menu is some items come in regular and petite sizes that allows diners to enjoy a wider variety of tastes. And be sure to partake of the warm, crunchy French bread.

Menu Addition Highlights

The appetizer trio $13.99 — enough to share — combines several favorites. They are fried zucchini, warm spinach artichoke dip and chicken tenders. Chickens tenders can be chewy, but these are hand cut in-house. They’re tender, flavorful and fried to a perfect level of crispness.

Another addition that is very customer friendly is the “Mix and Match Trio." For $10.79, you can choose from six sandwiches, four salads, three soups, five sides and six desserts, including their Crème Brulee Cheesecake Slab Pie. That’s a good deal with a lot of options.

Also friendly is the Dessert Ensemble, which features the slab pie, strawberry cheesecake parfait and chocolate chip croissant bread pudding. It allows enough to enjoy without having to pick just one.

Dining Mimi's Dessert Selection

Mimi's offers a number of dessert choices including a seasonal speciality.

They have a small but worthy choice of wines including Chateau St. Michelle, Ecco Domani and Mouton Cadet. In addition, they have a limited selection of cocktails made with premium brands like Petron and Absolut.

Background

There are 90 Mimi’s locations around the country, including two others in the Southland. The chain was founded in 1978 by Arthur Simms, who was stationed in France during World War II.

All sauces and dressings are scratch made in small batches exclusively for Mimi’s.

Breakfast

Traditional breakfasts are on the menu as well as some interesting variations. There’s a Mushroom, Bacon and Brie Omelet, Bananas Foster Waffles and a Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict.

The Chipotle Breakfast Burrito is available all day: scrambled eggs, shredding beef, cilantro, onions, jalapeno and avocado in a sundried tomato tortilla.

Dining Mimi's Thai Chicken Wrap

The Thai Chicken Wrap offers diners a wide variety of tastes and textures.

Lunch

Lunch features some old standards — Croque Monsieur, Burgers and French Dip and something contemporary: Thai Chicken wrap (grilled chicken, rice, cabbage, cilantro, onion and wontons in spicy peanut sauce in a sundried tomato wrap).

Dinner

A new dinner item is Provencal Veggie pasta. It joins traditional Mimi’s favorites like grilled salmon, shrimp brochette, beef pot pie and French Pot roast. Tuscan Chicken ($13.49) is a good dinner choice. Tender chicken breasts are served over silky-smooth mashed potatoes with roasted vegetables and crunchy garlic bread. 

Important To Know

Mimi’s is at 6670 E. PCH. They open at 7 a.m. seven days a week. Parking is free and they take reservations.

The phone number is (562) 596-0831 and the website is www.mimiscafe.com.

Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons.

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