4402 Walnut St.
Beavercreek, OH 45440
With about 100 locations around the country, Mimi’s Cafe started in California, moved to Texas, and has since spread quickly with its very attractive concept of French-inspired casual dining fare. The spot offers a generally very different menu of items to be enjoyed, ranging from expansive breakfasts to hearty lunches of many kinds. The spot tends to pop up in a few locations in cities all over the country, preferring nice neighborhoods and cultured palettes. The spot has something interesting to offer, that’s for sure.
Here are some of the dishes that I really enjoyed here:
- Brioche french toast: This is the straightforward version of French toast and is oh-so-simple, with a nice bit of powdered sugar to top it off too. Served, no less, with eggs and bacon that really make it a simple breakfast delight.
- Turkey, Bacon & Mushroom Brie Crêpes: You can’t get better at simple food that crepes, and these are especially delicious. The crepes are filled with a roasted turkey and browned mushrooms, as well as a bit of bacon and cheese. Textures collide in this one, and the end result, I think, is really great.
- Breakfast tacos: Stuffed with eggs, sausage and veggies and served alongside salsa and guac. The tortilla is a bit try, so the addition of salsa and guac is really needed to balance this one out.
- Muffins: Coming in a few different flavors, the muffins offer everything from buttermilk spice, honey bran, a carrot-and-raisin combo and monthly muffins. First timers at Mimi’s get a few muffins to take home at no charge, which is another cool way for people to get introduced to this inventive chain’s ideas.
- Egg Spinach and Cheese Crepes: These are topped with a nice mornay cheese sauce to give a little extra kick. Very filling for breakfast.
- Waffles: Great when topped with pecans and a mound of butter. Crunchy, filling.
Mimi’s gets its interior inspiration from street restaurants in the close-in cities of France, with lots of memorabilia decorating the walls and a very busy interior feel that is still very welcoming to visitors. The service is par for a casual restaurant chain of this size; it’s built for speed and efficiency, and the restaurant always has a lot of wait staff on hand, still there are times when you’ll find rush hour leaves the food a little slower to come.
The price points here are pretty on par with what you would expect from a casual restaurant, and the food is definitely designed to have as wide an appeal as possible. All told though, not a bad place to try.
- First time here? Some of the restaurants will offer you free muffins to take home after your meal.
- The restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a very large menu. While the spot tends to be best in eating with groups of friends and family, I would also say it would make a good spot for a business meeting.
- I have liked the breakfast food items here, though lunch has also been great.