Founded by Arthur Simms, who was stationed in France during World War II, Mimi’s Cafe is a neighborhood bistro inspired by the wonderful flavors, wines and unmistakable ambience of Paris, and named after a captivating mademoiselle he met named Mimi. In 1978, he opened the first Mimi’s Cafe inspired by his memories of Mimi and passion for good food, wine and camaraderie that he remembered so fondly. Mimi’s Cafe is owned by Le Duff America, Inc. and has 143 locations in 24 states.


Tomato Basil Soup

La Madeleine Copycat Recipe

Serves 8

4 cups tomatoes, peeled, cored and chopped, or canned whole tomatoes, crushed
4 cups tomato juice
14 washed fresh basil leaves
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 pound sweet, unsalted butter
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Combine tomatoes, juice/and or stock in saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes. Puree, along with the basil leaves, in small batches, in blender, food processor (or better yet, one of those handy hand-held food blenders, right in the cooking pan).  Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, while stirring, over low heat. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with your favorite bread.


  1. I eat this soup at Mimi's quite often. this recipe doesn't taste like the one at the restaurant.

  2. Just in looking at this recipe, it will not produce the Mimi's Tomato soup. I can taste onions, something spicy hot(which you could possibly get from the ground pepper, but not likely) plus other spices...