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Mimi's Cafe in Monrovia


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Mimi's Cafe in Monrovia

8Gr8N8 | Dec 7, 2006 03:32 AM
Mimi's Cafe
500 W Huntington Dr
Monrovia, CA

Dear Hounds,

I'm not sure if it might be blasphemous to talk about a chain restaurant on these boards, but I wanted to share a positive experience my wife and I had. We simply found ourselves hungry in Monrovia, and it was Mimi's or Applebee's. To me the Applebees and Chili's and Spoons and Outbacks of the world all run together in my mouth. None of what they serve tastes exactly like food to me. It tastes like a big corporation's impression of food. I'm reminded of Steve Martin's comedy bit about his suspicion that McDonald's makes all their food by pouring the same grey goop into a machine which stamps it all out...hamburger...fries...paper box...

Anyway this is a long way of saying we were pleasantly surprised by Mimi's. I'd never even heard of the place before. Nevertheless I found every bite they served me to be delicious, from the breads and muffins to their french onion soup and chopped cobb salad. My entree was their ciabatta chicken sandwich ("Smoked gouda, grilled red pepper & onion, baby greens & citrus remoulade on grilled ciabatta bread. Also available blackened").

I did have the sandwich "blackened" (which in this case simply meant "herbed"), and with no equivocation it was scrumptious! It was everything I want a sandwich to be.

The service was adequate for a family-style restaurant. The decor and lay-out were akin to other chains, but done quite well. Mimi's definitely served our needs. While I wouldn't consider it date material, it's sure to be a place we'll go again if we're already out and suddenly hungry.

Thanks to all you hounds out there for the great tips you've given us over the years. You've never let us down yet!

A fan,


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